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for Feb 10 DVDs
  • SAFE HOUSE

    Denzel Washington is the bad guy in a police thriller

  • THE VOW

    Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in the story of a woman who, after a head injury, doesn’t remember her husband

  • STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, 3D

    Big re-introduction from a galaxy far away.

 
  • 1. ANONYMOUS:

    Did Shakespeare really write all the plays and sonnets attributed to him, or was it somebody else?  One academic argument is that William Shakespeare did not have the formal education required to write all that has been found under his name.  This highly complicated film is far more suitable for students of English literature and those of The Bard than it is for casual entertainment.  It’s complicated, convoluted, but at the end, interesting in a distant, detached sort of way.  Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave star.  Rated PG.

  • 2. A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS:

    Normally any Christmas film is held for DVD release until the following Holiday season.  Why Harold and Kumar’s latest stoner, doper, slacker tale is coming out now is something of a distribution and promotional mystery.  The story here – Harold and Kumar have grown apart, have new friends, and even in-laws … a mysterious package appears and causes Harold to inadvertently burn down his father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree.  Doesn’t make much sense, but neither has the fact that John Cho and Kal Penn keep making these movies.  Of course, there is a target audience that likes the drug use, the profanity, and the foolishness. Rated 18A.   

  • 3. TEXAS KILLING FIELDS:

    This limited-distribution film wouldn’t be out on DVD and download this week under normal circumstances, but because Jessica Chastain, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for The Help is a co-star, here it is.  Sam Worthington (Avatar, Man on a Ledge) is a police detective tracking a serial killer who mutilates women, and dumps them in a nearby marsh called The Killing Fields.  As he gets closer to his quarry, the tables turn, and now the detective is the target of the killer’s pattern, which begins a not-too-bad cat-and-mouse game. Plays out like CSI: Texas.  Rated 18A.

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  • 4. TEXAS KILLING FIELDS

    Interesting because this is the first outing for director Ami Canaan Mann who is the daughter of Michael Mann (Miami Vice) who acts as producer here.

TAKERS: 

Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!

  • THE WOMAN IN BLACK

    Daniel Radcliffe does a good job of leaving Harry Potter behind in this taught horror-thriller

  • THE BIG MIRACLE

    Excellent feel-good true life adventure with Drew Barrymore, and some interesting whales

  • CHRONICLE

    So-so teens-with-super-powers dark, sinister story.

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