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Stephen Dorff

'Help' yourself to some rich cinema soul food

'Help' yourself to some rich cinema soul food

Nothing leaves movie-lovers feeling more nourished and content than a good drama. Watching a finely observed human struggle played out on screen is like cinema soul food, providing sustenance through its vital new connection to the world.

Indeed, the more emotional and compelling the story, the greater our satisfaction. So it is wonderful to report that we have not one but two new, powerful movie dramas to recommend this week.

Already attracting Oscar buzz is "The Help" (DreamWorks , rated PG-13, DVD $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack $39.99), and with good reason. It is a very smart adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel about...