for June 25 DVDs

    Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in an action/adventure romantic thriller

    Adam Sandler and Kevin James (King of Queens) in a “guy” comedy.

  • 1. GREEN ZONE:

    Matt Damon stars here as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller in Baghdad, circa 2003 after the Shock and Awe of Bush’s war.  He and his unit are tasked with finding WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction – which we all know now, never existed.  I don’t like to compare this with the Bourne movies, but Damon is excellent, the action is incessant, the setting is realistic (Morocco stands in for Iraq) and the plots thicken with each turn.  Excellent film! Rated 14A.


    Robert Pattinson (Twilight) seems out to prove he can be more than just a good-looking corpse (i.e. a vampire) as he takes on a more conventional role opposite Emily de Raven in this blistering and disturbing romance.  His character struggles with family issues and guilt after a tragedy – hers faced tragedy too, but she copes by living on the edge, one day at a time.  Actually better than one might think, but quite dark and a slow mover. Rated 14A.   


    A young person’s rom-com with a not-so-gentle twist as Montreal’s plays Kirk, an absolutely average guy who has a drop-dead-gorgeous woman fall for him.  His goofy friends can’t believe it.  He can’t believe it … and frankly, neither could I … as in “Knocked Up,” there’s a mean spirit throughout, and a sense that this just can’t be real.  Rated 14A.

  • 4. GREEN ZONE:

    Based on Ravi Chadresakaran’s best-seller, “The Emerald City: Life Inside the Green Zone,” this story has a lot of truth to it … and pay attention to the background “actors” who play soldiers.  They aren’t actors at all, but actual Iraq War veterans.

TOY STORY  (1995) 

It’s 15 years since little boy Andy’s toys, including Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) and Cowboy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) first lit up the screen in a superb example of what Pixar animation could do.  It was the first fully computer-generated feature film.  Billy Crystal was offered the Buzz Lightyear role and turned it down.  He has since said it was the biggest mistake of his career.

  • TOY STORY 3  

    Outstanding sequel to the first two with a story that will engage adults and capture children’s imaginations


    Not for kids, but a great characterization by Josh Brolin as the title character … a cowboy bounty hunter who is one of the living dead, sort of.

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