“LARRY CROWNE,” starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Just about as amiable a movie as one could possibly imagine, Hanks both directs and stars in this winning if slight comedy, in which the newly divorced and unemployed Crowne opts to go back to college in the hopes of acquiring some new skills and enjoying the experiences he missed out on in youth. Somewhere in there, he finds himself falling for his speech class teacher (Roberts, more fun than she’s been in some time). Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:38

Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $34.98 

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES,” starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Audiences simply can’t get enough of Capt. Jack Sparrow, and Disney, wisely realizing this, tosses off another spirited, messily entertaining swashbuckler, with Depp’s loosey-goosey performance the main draw as usual. Here, he joins old flame Angelica (Cruz) in boarding Blackbeard’s boat in search of the Fountain of Youth, a landmark also sought after by the rapidly decomposing Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Rated PG-13. Running time: 2:16

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


“FLYPAPER,” starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd.  This enjoyably knockabout heist comedy failed to achieve a wide distribution, but crosses a genuinely clever and twisty premise with effective slapstick, resulting in a fun ride many have compared to “Clue” for its comic ensemble cast and chaotic, unpredictable plot. Mainer Dempsey plays a math whiz alternately trying to survive and benefit from two groups trying to rob the same bank. Not rated; contains language and violence. Running time: 1:27

Suggested retail price: $24.98; Blu-ray $29.98 

“THE ROLLING STONES: SOME GIRLS — LIVE IN TEXAS ’78,” starring The Rolling Stones. One of the most enduring and influential bands in rock absolutely kill it in this 1978 performance, which finds Mick Jagger and crew at the top of their game, relying on tried-and-true showmanship as opposed to the pyrotechnics that informed much of their later live output. Not rated; contains language. Running time: 1:25

Suggested retail price: $14.98; Blu-ray $19.98 

“WHITECHAPEL: THE RIPPER RETURNS,” starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Philip Davis. Penry-Jones of “MI-5” portrays the exacting Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler in this gory British noir, teaming up with the less fastidious but equally determined Detective Ray Miles to put away what would appear to be a Jack the Ripper copycat. Running time: 2:16

Suggested retail price: $24.98  


“LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE,” animated. While Bugs Bunny’s once steady grip on Saturday morning may have long since been usurped by the likes of SpongeBob, this essential and beautifully remastered collection of 50 classic “Looney Tunes” shorts reintroduces a younger generation to such once-ubiquitous characters as Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck and many more. Special features include more than five hours of documentaries and rare shorts. Not rated; contains comic violence. Running time: 7:50

Suggested retail price: $59.96 

“THREE COLORS: BLUE, WHITE, RED,” starring Juliette Binoche and Julie Delpy.  Still the most revered product stemming from the art-house cinema boom of the ’90s, writer-director Krzysztof Kieslowski delved deeply into then-current French society with three different but slyly interconnected tales generally involving people dealing with a wide variety of particularly invasive personal hardships. All three films are rated R. Running time: 4:48

Suggested retail price: $79.95 


“BEGINNERS,” starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Bittersweet, semi-autobiographical dramedy from director Mike Mills (“Thumbsucker”) meshes gloom and whimsy far more adeptly than most. McGregor’s generally disenchanted graphic artist finds himself in a complete tailspin upon learning that his aging father (Plummer) has come out of the closet following the death of his wife and is shacking up with a much younger man. As if that wasn’t enough of a bombshell, Dad also has cancer. Rated R for language and some sexual content.  Running time: 1:45 

Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $34.98 


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