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In this week's new DVDs, six friends enter a cave before falling into the abyss, Zach Braff searches for one last kiss, a couple of detectives get rather pissed and a writer and his soulmate reminisce.

But first, in Hollywood, it seems that something's amiss...

An all-star cast, including Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, headlines "The Black Dahlia," a provocative crime film directed by the modern master of the suspense thriller, Brian De Palma.

Written for the screen by Josh Friedman and based on James Ellroy's novel, the film is inspired by the infamous 1947 killing of an aspiring actress. The film weaves a tale of lust, corruption, greed and depravity around the brutal murder of fledgling Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Short, also known as "The Black Dahlia."

The film follows a pair of Los Angeles detectives, Lee Blanchard (Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Hartnett), as they investigate a shocking and gruesome murder that fascinated the nation and remains unsolved today.

In Critical Thinking Unleashed, Elliot D. Cohen takes the reader through the various parameters of reasoning. It is complex, yet fascinating stuff. But what I found most important perhaps was how so much of what he wrestles with, from deconstructing the news stories behind Iraqi WMD to 'spin' in political campaign ads, cuts to the heart of the challenge we face as citizens in today's democracy. (Peter W. Singer, Brookings Institution, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century)

In welcome contrast to the many disembodied treatments of critical thinking that have been published, this book speaks with a warm, human voice that knows what is at stake in thinking and provides a thorough tour of the logic and rhetoric that every educated person should master. The author's deep interest in the practical application of the tools of philosophy comes through clearly in this text. Fresh treatments of familiar topics provide a comprehensive view of critical thinking that is distinguished by its humanity and realism. (Greg Tropea, California State University, Chico)

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