“CHARLIE ST. CLOUD,” starring Zac Efron and Charlie Tahan. A troubled young man (Efron, “17 Again”) deeply affected by the death of his younger brother (Tahan, “I Am Legend”) must come to terms with the loss when his grief-stricken preoccupation endangers his chances with a local love interest. A welcome departure for Efron, who seems poised to put his “High School Musical” days behind him, if his impressive performance in this heartfelt drama is any indication. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:39.

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $39.98. 

“GROWN UPS,” starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Sandler and his band of far-less successful friends (including Rob Schneider, Chris Rock and David Spade) dish out the usual lowbrow yuks in this formulaic but not entirely unpleasant dramedy, which reunites a group of high-school pals at the funeral of their beloved basketball coach. Sandler’s many fans will find plenty of the locker-room humor and oddball tangents they’ve come to expect, and his many detractors will know to avoid this film at all costs. Special features include a gag reel. Rated PG-13 for some male rear nudity. Running time: 1:42.

Suggested retail price: DVD $28.96; Blu-ray $38.96.

“RAMONA & BEEZUS,” starring Joey King and Selena Gomez. Based on the classic and ever-popular series of children’s books by Beverly Cleary, this winning adaptation finds ideal film counterparts in King (“Horton Hears a Who”) and Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as the bickering but inseparable siblings of the title. A rare and quite successful example of wholesome family entertainment, with supporting performances from John Corbett and Ginnifer Goodwin. Rated G. Running time: 1:43.

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

“SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD,” starring Michael Cera and Alison Pill. An inexplicable underperformer at the box office, this bang-up adaptation of the acclaimed series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley gives the ubiquitous Cera his best role yet as the titular hero, a young man with rock ‘n’ roll aspirations who finds himself in over his head when he falls for the beautiful Ramona Flowers. The problem? Her hand can only be won by defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Too cool for school (and audiences in general, apparently), director Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz”) has delivered a largely misunderstood pop masterpiece that should live a long, healthy life on DVD. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:52.

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $39.98. 

“DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON,” starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. One of the most successful sci-fi reboots in TV history, BBC’s dusting-off of the low-budget but high-concept time-travel series shows no signs of slowing down, with Smith making for Doctor No. 11, and a very likable one at that. But the breakout star this season has to be the radiant Gillan, who assists the good doctor in foiling an alien plot to destroy the world. Not rated, contains mild language and violence. Running time: 10:55.

Suggested retail price: DVD $79.98; Blu-ray $89.98. 


“CALIFORNICATION: THE THIRD SEASON,” starring David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone. Sex-addicted novelist Hank Moody (Duchovny, sublime in a role tailor-made for him) can now add college professor to his ever-expanding resume, an occupation that opens him up to an entirely new and fresh-faced universe of meaningless sexual encounters. This doesn’t help his careers or relationships a whole lot, but is certainly entertaining to watch. Not rated, contains language and strong sexual content. Running time: 6:00.

Suggested retail price: $42.99. 

“I KNEW IT WAS YOU: REDISCOVERING JOHN CAZALE,” documentary. Brief but terrific HBO profile of a rarely considered but in hindsight essential ’70s icon: character actor John Cazale, better known as the doomed Fredo from “The Godfather.” While he only appeared in five films, they all happen to be widely considered five of the greatest American movies ever made, and his distinctive look and delivery left an indelible impression on audiences of the time. Not rated, contains language. Running time: 39 minutes.

Suggested retail price: $19.99. 


“ANTICHRIST,” starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. First of all, to put it mildly, this film is not for everyone. Indeed, it may only be for a select few. But for those few, Lars Von Trier’s psychological horror “Antichrist” provides an electrifying viewing experience, albeit one that audiences are unlikely to ever want to endure again. Focusing on an unnamed married couple (played with unprecedented fearlessness by Dafoe and Gainsbourg) who have recently undergone an unthinkable tragedy, the bereft couple decides to steal away to a cabin in the woods in the hopes that the solitude and close quarters will help repair their unhealthy relationship. Needless to say, quite the opposite proves true, and the resultant madness involves ghosts, witchcraft and a talking fox. Again, there are scenes here that seem calculated to offend and/or disgust even the hardiest audiences, but Von Trier is a sadistic genius on par with Hitchcock, and whether you “enjoy” a film like “Antichrist” or not, you’ll be thinking about it long after the credits have rolled. Not rated, contains graphic sexual content, nudity, language, disturbing images and gore. Running time: 1:48.

Suggested retail price: DVD $39.95; Blu-ray $39.95. 

“SHERLOCK: SEASON ONE,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. A downright brilliant reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s enduring sleuth passes the torch to the able (and excellently named) Cumberbatch and relocates Holmes to present-day, technology-savvy London, where he is regarded as a “high-functioning sociopath.” In the realm of sidekicks, one could hardly hope for a better Watson than the ever-lovable Freeman (“The Office”), who retools the ultimate cohort as an army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Not to be missed under any circumstances. Not rated, contains language, drug content and violence. Running time: 7:41.

Suggested retail price: DVD $34.98; Blu-ray $39.98.

— Courtesy of Videoport


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