“G.I. JOE RETALIATION,” starring Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. As movies based on ’80s toy franchises go, you could do much worse than the “G.I. Joe” series, which wisely keeps things simple and avoids fixing what hasn’t been broken or, more likely, blown up in a spectacular but oddly non-deadly explosion. For the inevitable second installment, Duke (Tatum), Roadblock (Johnson) and the rest of the Joes must contend not only with the ever-nefarious Cobra Commander but with a mole operating from within their own organization. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:50

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

“BANSHEE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON,” starring Anthony Starr and Rus Blackwell. In “Banshee,” ex-con Starr (“Lowdown”) assumes the identity of a recently murdered sheriff and employs his newfound power to tie up some loose ends from his criminal past. Far-fetched in all the right ways, “Banshee” takes full advantage of Cinemax’s anything-goes policy in the sex and violence department without detracting from the compelling storyline. Running time: 10:00

Suggested retail price: $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99 


“THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES,” starring Andre Swant and Pamela Bass. Somewhere between documentary and biopic lies this intriguing curiosity from filmmaker Chris James Thompson, who interviews actual participants in the notorious Dahmer case and intersperses these enlightening conversations in between footage of Dahmer (memorably portrayed by Swant of “Something Theater”) going about his daily routine. Not rated. Running time: 1:16

Suggested retail price: $24.98 

“THE MATCHMAKER,” starring Adir Miller and Tuval Shafir. This ’60s-set period drama pairs young Shafir with Miller, a Holocaust survivor turned grifter who masks his less ethical endeavors with a popular matchmaking business. When he takes Shafir under his wing, it opens his eyes to an entire world of troubled but kind characters. A thoroughly enjoyable buddy movie anchored by the remarkable performances of its leads. Not rated. Running time: 1:52

Suggested retail price: $29.99


“THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE,” starring Marisa Paredes and Eduardo Noriega. This beautifully unsettling early effort from director Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) showcases the director’s talent for memorable visuals and skillful storytelling. “The Devil’s Backbone” tells the tale of poor Carlos, (Fernando Tielve, “Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose dread concerning the orphanage to which he’s forced to relocate proves even more well-founded than he could have imagined upon discovering that it is in fact haunted. Special features include a commentary from Del Toro. Rated R. Running time: 1:46

Suggested retail price: $39.95 

“STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION — SEASON FOUR,” starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes. True Trekkies have likely already pre-ordered this 26-episode set, a season that introduces not only Capt. Picard’s brother but Data’s father and Worf’s parents. Overall, a confident season that finds all concerned eager to branch out and take a few risks. Not rated. Running time: 19:40

Suggested retail price: $129.99 


“AN AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE,” starring Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire. This “Adventure” has plenty of the deadpan wit and left-field whimsy that our neighbors to the north seem to specialize in. Here, hangdog accountant Jordan (Chernick, “The Border,” who also wrote the witty screenplay) makes the acquaintance of an exotic dancer (Hampshire, “Cosmopolis”), and they strike a deal: He’ll help her sort our her considerable credit card debt and she’ll broaden his sexual horizons, thereby enabling him to reconnect with his demanding girlfriend (Sarah Manninen, “The Prince and Me”). Not rated. Running time: 1:38

Suggested retail price: $26.95 

“STARBUCK,” starring Patrick Huard and Julie LeBreton. This comedy hit from our Canadian neighbors details the hilariously unseemly life of David (Huard, “Funkytown”), your typical 42-year-old slob whose unplanned impregnation of his on-again, off-again girlfriend (LeBreton, “The Good Lie”)  brings to light yet another sobering fact: For the past 20 years, he’s been donating sperm to a fertility clinic for extra money, making him the proud father of 533 children, 142 of which have filed a class-action lawsuit to uncover his identity, currently concealed by the titular pseudonym. Rated R. Running time: 1:49

Suggested retail price: $24.98

– Courtesy of Videoport

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