“BEFORE MIDNIGHT,” Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. Having become a mini-saga of sorts without that ever having been the goal, director Richard Linklater’s irresistible chatty exploration of the relationship between Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) began with tentative flirtation in 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” continued on to true if late-in-the-game love in 2004’s “Before Sunset,” and has finally blossomed into a brutally honest and difficult marriage in its most recent installment, which finds the couple engagingly baring their souls as always, joking and kvetching their way through an entirely new set of problems with all new perspective. Never one to fix what isn’t broken, Linklater and company come through with arguably their best installment to date, with the leads turning in such lived-in performances you’ll swear you’re watching a documentary, and a gorgeous one at that thanks to the lovely Greek locales. Special features include a commentary from Linklater, Hawke and Delpy. Rated R. Running time: 1:49. Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99.

“THE INTERNSHIP,” Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson. Vaughn and Wilson attempt to recapture that old “Wedding Crashers” magic as Billy and Nick, former hotshot salesman who get a hard-knocks lesson in the world of technology when they finagle their way into a coveted Google internship alongside far savvier and far younger prospective employees. The comedic tropes involved are well worn, but both Vaughn and Wilson carry the material with their usual likable aplomb, and tech-heads will appreciate the opportunity to get an extensive look behind the Google curtain. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:59. Suggested retail price: $29.96; Blu-ray $39.99.

“THE WAY, WAY BACK,” Steve Carell, Toni Collette. Thoroughly winning coming-of-age tale follows uncertain teen Duncan (Liam James, ) as he finds refuge from his unstable mother (Collette) and her detestable boyfriend (Carell, impressively unlikable in a rare quasi-villain role) at Water Wiz, a low-rent water park populated with employees who take a shine to the withdrawn youth in ways his family never have, particularly fun-loving park manager Owen (professional scene stealer Sam Rockwell). A true crowd-pleaser, “Way Back” doesn’t try to reinvent the format, it just delivers the goods with skill and a slew of terrific performances. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:43. Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $39.99.


“ONLY GOD FORGIVES,” Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas. Though aggressively stylized far more than your average action flick, 2011’s “Drive” proved to be a surprise hit for writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn, but rather than going for box office gold a second time, Refn elects to fully indulge his inner surrealist for “Only God Forgives.” Re-teaming with “Drive” star Gosling, Refn agains brings the bloody violence but ups the avant-garde sensibility with this take-no-prisoners tale of a young criminal strongly impelled by his horrible mother (a terrifying Thomas) to seek revenge on those who killed his brother (Tom Burke), a drug-dealing rapist most would agree got what was coming to him. Severely impeding this family’s progress is Chang (Vithaya Pansingarm), a police captain who was instrumental in Burke’s demise. Set in Bangkok, there is always something striking onscreen to keep the viewer’s attention, even when it may not be entirely clear what’s actually happening. As with “Drive,” it’s not for everyone, but it’s a singular vision from a bold and always exciting filmmaker. Rated R. Running time: 1:30. Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $34.99.


“OKA!” Kris Marshall, Mbombi. There aren’t many careers that the world of cinema hasn’t already touched on in some capacity, but until “Oka!” it’s safe to say that ethno-musicologists were without a movie to call their own. That being said, it’s hard to imagine viewers from any background not thoroughly enjoying this beautiful (both to behold and listen to) drama from writer-director Lavinia Currier, based on the real life exploits of Louis Sarno, (engagingly embodied here by Marshall of“Love Actually”), who spent over two decades among the Bayaka Pygmies in Central Africa. Not rated. Running time: 1:45. Suggested retail price: $29.98.


“LEVIATHAN,” documentary. Mind-blowing documentaries are seemingly a dime a dozen these days, but you’re unlikely to find any more immersive than the films of Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Having previously thrust unprepared audiences directly into the midst of the life of a modern-day sheep herder in “Sweetgrass,” Castaing-Taylor now puts us into the soggy boots of your average commercial fisherman, risking life and limb daily off the coast of Massachusetts. Castaing-Taylor’s innovative technique is to strap many mini-cameras to whatever surface appears to afford the most enlightening view, whether they’re affixed to the sides of the ship, the crew members themselves, or a recently caught fish rapidly expiring on the dock. The images capturing through this method range from beautiful to bizarre to downright terrifying, and they’re the closest thing most people are going to get to actually experiencing the typical workday of a modern fisherman. Not rated. Running time: 1:27. Suggested retail price: $29.95; Blu-ray $34.95.

– Courtesy of Videoport

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