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Sooner or later, everybody runs. Even if they’re one of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet. For this edition of Reel Rumbles, grab your popcorn and prepare for the run of your life as we go on the lam with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise in an attempt to prove their innocence (and cinematic superiority) with The Fugitive vs. Minority Report.

These two thrillers both feature a cinema superstar accused of murder and on the run from the law. One is a tense cat-and-mouse game between a surgeon out to find his wife’s real killer and the dogged U.S. Marshal on his tail; the other is set in the not-so-distant future, and features a law enforcement officer trying to clear himself of a murder that hasn’t even been committed yet. One is an almost unexpected masterwork from a director whose other best-known credits are the Steven Seagal vehicle Under Siege and a Coast Guard movie starring Ashton Kutcher. The other is a superb thriller-with-a-sci-fi-twist from one of cinema’s greatest living legends that, despite how great it is, somehow still doesn’t seem to quite match some of the director’s previous cinematic efforts.

So which is better? Run–don’t walk–into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out…

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What’s new to the Blu-ray and DVD Release Schedule This Week?

Clash of the Titans

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #4245
Times Ranked: 5007
Win Percentage: 35.69%
How Many Top-20′s: 5 Users

You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger mythology nut than me, so catching this (on a easy to see 2D Blu-ray) is a major priority. If you also dig on mythology and flicks, the book “The Ancient World in the Cinema” by an old professor of mine is a great read.

Repo Men

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #6699
Times Ranked: 1370
Win Percentage: 48.68%
How Many Top-20′s: 0 Users

It’s Repo! The Genetic Opera but without the opera. Despite my massive love for musicals, I personally was not a fan of that flick but completely understand why 14 year old girls like it. This one looks like it’s much more “serious” and more of a straightforward action flick.

Operation: Endgame

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #12462
Times Ranked: 1
Win Percentage: 100%
How Many Top-20′s: 0 Users

Rob Corddry and Zach Galifianakis in a spy-thriller? That’s just crazy enough to work. The movie has an incredible ensemble cast and looks, to me at least, to be a fun way to kill a couple hours. Check out this clip for some proof of the funny.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: Just Added
Times Ranked: -
Win Percentage: -%
How Many Top-20′s: – Users

Animated superhero movies are the best. There’s nothing better to throw on one monitor, while I get some work done on the other. The only conceivable reason I would ever want kids is so I could buy movies like this without getting dirty looks when I get to be in my 40′s.

IP Man

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #6749
Times Ranked: 287
Win Percentage: 68.81%
How Many Top-20′s: 1 Users

The story of a very successful, real-life martial arts teacher. The man taught Bruce Lee everything he knew, so hopefully there’s an interesting movie in there somewhere. Flickcharters seem to be responding to it very positively so far, so I’m guessing it’s worth a look.

The Art of the Steal

How does it stand up against the Best Movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #11835
Times Ranked: 33
Win Percentage: 37.78%
How Many Top-20′s: 0 Users

Documentary about the struggle to control a $25 billion private art collection. The collection was started by a dude who made his money creating a treatment for a sexually transmitted disease in the 1800′s. Flickchart rankings aren’t great right now but it looks interesting.

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