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for May 7 DVDs
  • IRON MAN 2

    Robert Downey, Jr. is back as Tony Stark in a big-budget, big-effects sequel!
  • 1. NINE:

    An incredible cast that includes Dame Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sophia Loren, and Penelope Cruz, along with director Rob Marshall (Chicago) at the helm, turns out a dramatically mediocre movie musical that, despite its Oscar nominations, did not satisfy either the critics or the box office.  It’s the story of  musical director mounting a major production, too caught up with his mistress and other lies to get the job done … sort of.  Left me completely cold, and I like a good musical.  This isn’t one. Rated PG.

  • 2. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS:

    Once again, a good cast, the final performance of Heath Ledger who died before the film was completed, and some strong talent (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) and writing and direction by Terry Gilliam, this story of a somewhat magical travelling medicine show is confusing and without much to engage the viewer.  Because of Ledger’s death, his role is finished by other actors which adds to the confusion.  Shot in the Vancouver area. Rated PG.

  • 3. LEAP YEAR:

    A serviceable romantic comedy in which Anna (Amy Adams) can’t get her lawyer boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to commit, so she follows him to a law conference in Ireland where it is said that during a Leap Year, a woman can propose to a man.  That sounds like the plan until a trains-plains-and-automobiles kind of transportation snafu has her running into Declan (Matthew Goode) whom she detests … so you can see this one coming.  Has a certain charm, but beautiful Irish locations. Rated PG.

  • 4. LEAP YEAR:

    It’s the best of a mediocre lot … this one has some nice moments on the Irish countryside, and just enough Irish blarney to make it reasonably entertaining.

TIME BANDITS (1981): 

Terry Gilliam was still doing weird stuff almost 30 years ago, but this one works … John Cleese and Sean Connery star in the tale of a young boy who accidentally joins a band of dwarves who travel through time stealing treasure.

  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET  

    Jack Earl Haley is the one who dispatches a dozen teenagers or so, just because
  • FURRY VENGEANCE 

    Strictly for kids, they’ll love the talking animals
  • GUNLESS 

    Unfortunate Canadian take on the western film with the terrific Paul Gross in a “it looks Canadian” film … and not in a good way.
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