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    March 1, 2010

    Running away with imagination in ‘2012,’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

    “2012” (Sony, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 158 min.). Co-writer/director/producer Roland Emmerich’s (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Independence Day”) latest disaster film literally pulls the planet apart by boiling it from inside as intense solar flares send neutrinos that mutate an element in the Earth’s core. It’s a satisfying watch, especially if you are into disaster films. Some of the action is a bit …

  • Published
    February 22, 2010

    Get freaky with ‘Vampire’s Assistant’

    PHOTO: Chris Massoglia plays Darren Shan, the new half-vampire assistant to John C. Reilly’s Larten Crepsley in “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.” Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (Universal, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 109 min.). I had high hopes for this film going in, and they basically were fulfilled. This is a fun ride, with lots of cool freak make-up effects and special effects. The …

  • Published
    February 15, 2010

    Two satisfying thrillers: ‘Law Abiding Citizen,’ ‘The Stepfather’

    Caption: Jamie Foxx, left, and Gerard Butler play adversaries in “Law Abiding Citizen.” Law Abiding Citizen (Anchor Bay, 2 Blu-ray or standard DVDs, NR/R, 118/109 min.). The film opens with a home invasion: Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is tied and stabbed, then has to watch helplessly as his wife is stabbed, raped and killed. His young daughter also is killed. The two robber/killers are arrested, but the one …

  • Published
    February 8, 2010

    ‘A Serious Man’ has fun too

    CAPTION: Michael Stuhlbarg, foreground, plays a physics professor whose life is suddenly falling apart in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man.” Alan Arkin plays his lawyer. A Serious Man (Universal, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 106 min.). Writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen present a semi-autobiographical film, in tone if not detail, in “A Serious Man,” which is set in 1967 Midwest. Locations used were in …

  • Published
    February 1, 2010

    The Doctor is out: Tennant departs

    CAPTION: David Tennant, center, has bid farewell to his role as the 10th Doctor in “Doctor Who.” His co-stars in his final two-part episode, “The End of Time,” are Bernard Cribbins, left, and John Simm. Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (Great Britain, BBC, 5 Blu-ray discs, NR, 311 min.). After four years as the 10th Doctor in the long-running British series, David Tennant has retired from the TARDIS. Taken as …

  • Published
    January 25, 2010

    Michael Jackson at work

    CAPTION: “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” has been released for home viewing. Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Sony, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG, 111 min.). Initial thoughts of watching this documentary put together from rehearsal footage is what a great concert it would have been to attend, and that Jackson was still at the top of his game as a performer. Director Kenny Ortega was in charge of production for …

  • Published
    January 18, 2010

    No fib: ‘Lying’ is best of trio

    CAPTION: Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe and Ricky Gervais star in “The Invention of Lying.” The Invention of Lying (Warner, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 99min.). Co-written and co-produced by star Ricky Gervais (host of The Golden Globe Awards, co-creator of the British “The Office”), the film is funniest at the beginning when we are introduced to a world much like our own, except that no one lies. Everyone tells …

  • Published
    January 8, 2010

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  • Published
    January 5, 2010

    ‘Cloudy’ rains laughs

    CAPTION: Inventor Flint Lockwood and weather gal pal Sam Sparks talk before houses covered in scoops of ice cream in “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Song, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG, 90 min.). Based on a popular children’s book, this animated film is an appetizing treat for young and old as it tells the story of young inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), who …

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