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August 30 DVDs
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  • CLOSED CIRCUIT

    International legal thriller with Eric Bana

  • GETAWAY

    Hostage drama starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and a Shelby Cobra

 
  • 1. THE GREAT GATSBY:

    The Roaring Twenties weren’t known for rap music near as I can tell, and that’s the biggest problem with this film, which, aside from director Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge) having difficulty getting over himself, has a great look and some worthy performances. Luhrman takes far too many liberties with the music of the day (as he did in Moulin Rouge) and spends too much time setting the stage (yes, it’s the twenties …yes they are roaring) before getting us into the story. Once there, excellent performance by Leo DiCaprio as the wealthy and mysterious title character, befriended by Nick Carraway (Toby McGuire), but all for the love of a woman. Rated 14A.

  • 2. PAIN & GAIN:

    The only thing stupider than the way this based-on-actual-events movie is put together, is the real-life incident that it portrays. Great cast of heavyweights here including a buffed up Mark Wahlberg, and even-more buffed-up Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, and a moderately buff Anthony Mackie as a trio of bodybuilders who decide that kidnapping a rich person and holding them for ransom is a shortcut to a better life. Raunchy dialogue and scenes of intense violence seem to make light of the fact that the actual events ended up with people dying … in fact, involved families threatened to sue the producers for their insensitivity towards their deceased loved ones. All brawn and no brains describes the characters as well as the script. Rated 18A.   

  • 3. THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST:

    East Indian directory Mira Nair has done a superb job of putting together what looks less like a North American film, and more like a Bollywood drama, while embracing western stars and western values. Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber are the domestic stars while Riz Ahmed is the Pakistani man living in America, but struggling with a call back to his homeland. Add a hostage drama and in interesting clash of cultures viewed from a non-American viewpoint, and you get a refreshing drama that is light years away from a typical Hollywood film. Rated 14A.

  • THE GREAT GATSBY

    Watch the beautiful Deusenberg roadsters … they couldn’t use real Deusies because the remaining few are valued in the millions each, so these are very well-made replicas.

PUMPING IRON (1978):

This documentary about the road to the 1975 Mr. Olympus championships is more relevant now than it was when first released. Profiled are a very young Arnold Schwarzenegger and an equally young Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk).

  • YOU’RE NEXT

    A very serviceable horror

  • THE WORLD’S END

    revenge thriller

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