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for August 10 DVDs
  • THE EXPENDIBLES 2

    Stallone is back along with his crew

  • THE BOURNE LEGACY

    No Matt Damon, but still an action-thriller.

 
  • 1. THE LORAX:

    In 1972 no one really knew the terms “global warming,” “clear-cutting,” or “environmental disaster,” but Dr. Suess aka Ted Geisel was well aware. In this animated tale, the 30th Dr. Suess book, we become acquainted with Ted (voice of Zac Efron), a young man who is smitten with Audrey (voice of Taylor Swift) in the walled town of Thneed-ville, a place where everything, even the plants, are made of plastic. The object of his affections says that her life would be complete if she could just see a real tree, just once. That sets Ted into action, going outside the walls of the city (a forbidden thing) to learn that there is nothing but a wasteland. He sets out to find out what happened to all the greenery, and therein lies the tale. Great for kids, just as good for adults! Rated G.

  • 2. BEL AMI:

    Robert Pattinson (Twilight) is a soldier returning from the war to his home in Paris, and shows his chops as a serious actor outside the vampire genre. He is Georges Duroy here, and still has a way with the ladies, manipulating them with his looks and his ambition rather than with the undead ways of his Twilight movies. Penniless and desperate, he goes to work on some key relationships. And he has some interesting women to manipulate as his co-stars – Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci to name just three. Rated 14A.

  • 3. BLUE LIKE JAZZ:

    Based on a novel that sold more than a million copies, this was the little movie that could, stalled several times because of lack of financing. It has a no-name cast, was made independently, and was finished based on the donations of thousands of church-goers. It tells the story of Don, a Texas kid born and raised in the Texas Bible Belt who, at 19, just wants to get away … and he does so, ending up on the most godless university campus anywhere, in Oregon. Christian-themed, but 14A rated, this one doesn’t sugar coat the challenges of finding one’s way spiritually in a world full of options. Rated 14A.

  • THE LORAX:

    Doesn’t matter how old you are … this one, with Danny DeVito’s voice work, has an excellent environmental message. Great for the entire family.

THE GREAT GATSBY (1974):

While there have been many makes and remakes of this film, and a new one about to come out starring Leo DiCaprio, this one with Robert Redford, and a pregnant Mia Farrow is the classic. Once you know that Farrow was pregnant during the shoot, it becomes clear as to how the director hides that fact.

  • TOTAL RECALL

    Terrific spin on a remake of the 1990 original – Colin Farrell owns the movie

  • THE BOURNE LEGACY

    Didn’t miss Matt Damon much at all here – but watch The Bourne Ultimatum beforehand if you can

  • DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS:

    Holds up just as well as the previous two, and kids love it.

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