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for August 24 DVDs
  • THE APPARITION

    A great spooker about an experiment gone wrong

  • PREMIUM RUSH

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike courier with a price on his head.

 
  • 1. THE HUNGER GAMES:

    Based on the first book of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman with a great shot with bow and arrow, this accurate depiction was embraced by most fans, including this one. It’s a dystopian future where The Reaping requires one representative between the ages of 12 and 18 to be “sacrificed” for the games, which everyone on what’s left of the planet, will watch on TV in a fight to the death. Last one standing gets food for their district, and an easier life for themselves and their family. Seems like the natural, ultimate end-game for current shows such as Survivor. Rated 14A.

  • 2. THE DICATATOR:

    Full disclosure here – not a fan of Sasha Baron Cohen unless he is voicing the King Lemur in the Madagascar movies, and I hated Borat. But if you are not so-inclined, you’ll want to see Cohen’s take on a dictator from the fictitious African republic of Wadiya who comes to New York to stand before the United Nations to defend his country’s nuclear weapons program. Rude, crude, sexual, and politically very incorrect. Sir Ben Kingsley co-stars. Even hardcore “Borat” fans had to admit that this one fell short in the laugh department. Rated 18A.

  • 3. CHIMPANZEE:

    Disneynature produced this true-life story and despite its “G” rating, may have scenes that are too intense for younger family members. The Chimp of the title lives in an idyllic African rainforest, until a marauding band of simians wreaks havoc on the close-knit family tribe leaving the young chimp orphaned. It’s these scenes that are most questionable. Oscar, as narrator Tim Allen calls him, tries to assimilate with another troop, but is not let in, leaving him more and more alone, until an alpha male chooses to take care of him, rather than rip him limb-from-limb. Rated G.

  • THE HUNGER GAMES:

    Set a one-day record for advance ticket sales. The other two books in the series, Catching Fire and Mocking Jay will be made into three more movies following the exceptional box office results.

LOGAN’S RUN (1976):

Currently being remade starring Ryan Gosling, the original still holds up well with Michael York as a young man in a future world where everyone is “recycled” at age 30.

  • THE EXPENDABLES 2

    Great mindless action-thriller with everyone in it!

  • SPARKLE

    Jordin Sparks excels in this remake of a 1976 original

  • THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

    Most interesting family film about a miracle boy

  • PARANORMAN

    Serviceable animated tale of a young boy who talks to zombies

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