May 2, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Silver Linings Playbook' / 'Broken City' / 'Gangster Squad' / 'The Guilt Trip' / 'The Details' / 'Not Fade Away'

NEW ON THE SHELF

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Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role, and Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

The Weinstein Company

"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. One of the most widely acclaimed movies of 2012, director David O. Russell ("The Fighter") brings his unruly passion to the table once again for this hugely affecting and intriguingly shot dramedy. Recent mental hospital patient Pat (a revelatory Cooper in easily his best performance to date) pairs off with promiscuous widow Tiffany (Oscar-winner Lawrence of "The Hunger Games"). It's a seemingly volatile relationship founded on the fact that she knows Pat's estranged wife, with whom Pat is unsuccessfully attempting to reunite. Rated R. Running time: 2:02

Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $39.99

"BROKEN CITY," starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. Having avoided murder charges due to the efforts of devious Mayor Hostetler (Crowe), down-and-out private investigator Taggart (Wahlberg) is called upon by Hostetler to repay the favor by spying on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), whom he suspects of having an affair. Reminiscent of certain aspects of '70s cinema, this sprawling, ambitious tale of big-city corruption ultimately bites off a bit more than it can chew, but director Allen Hughes and the uniformly excellent cast work overtime to deliver an above-average thriller. Special features include an alternate ending. Rated R. Running time: 1:49

Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $39.99 

"GANGSTER SQUAD," starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. This unabashedly cartoonish, old-timey mob flick is an opportunity for a roster of enjoyable actors to play cops and robbers for a couple of hours. As such, "Squad" is a bullet-riddled funfest for all, with Penn especially amusing as would-be kingpin Mickey Cohen -- but he has fair competition from Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick and the always crustily enjoyable Nick Nolte. Special features include a commentary from director Ruben Fleischer. Rated R. Running time: 1:53

Suggested retail price: $28.98; Blu-ray $35.99

"THE GUILT TRIP," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. A road trip turns into an entirely different experience for young inventor Andrew (Rogen) when a quick stop to visit his mother (Streisand) results in her joining him to track down an old boyfriend from her distant past. Rogen's presence promises a ribald raunch-fest that never arrives, and in fact the actor's grouchy pushover qualities make for a great pairing with Streisand's overbearing diva. Audiences expecting the big laughs of "Knocked Up" or "Superbad" may be surprised to find a charming, relatively low-key affair that one could comfortably watch with their own crazy mom. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:35

Suggested retail price: $29.99; Blu-ray $39.99 

"THE DETAILS," starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks. Pitch-black comedy puts otherwise successful doctor Jeff (Maguire) in an unending, awkward nightmare of his own design when his carefully concealed infidelities and various bad decisions all come back to haunt him simultaneously. As if that weren't enough, his lawn has become overrun by a raccoon infestation. Rated R. Running time: 1:41

Suggested retail price: $24.98; Blu-ray $29.99 

"NOT FADE AWAY," starring John Magaro and Jack Huston. "Sopranos" creator David Chase makes a rare big-screen appearance with this affectionate and startlingly well-realized ode to the early '60s and the amazing music that informed the era. Aimless New Jersey teens Magaro and Huston attempt to ride the wave of messy blues-rock and scraggly fashion introduced by The Rolling Stones in spite of authority's misgivings. Chase brings the early '60s vividly to life without resorting to comic exaggeration. Rated R. Running time: 1:52

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