Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 11/24/09

Funny People: It's Judd Apatow's most ambitious and serious-minded film to date; it's also his first to do less-than-stellar box office. That's a shame--this is a mature, thoughtful, and frequently funny picture, as well an astonishingly candid examination of its star, Adam Sandler.

Gomorrah: Matteo Garrone's Italian crime saga requires patience and focus, but is a powerful and wrenching piece of work.

Four Christmases: You'd think, from the reviews out there, that Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon spent 88 minutes raping the mothers of America's film writers, one by one. It's much more enjoyable than its scathing notices; sure, it's uneven, but it's basically harmless and frequently funny.

The Maiden Heist: A cast of interesting scene-stealers (Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy, Marcia Gay Harden) do their best to keep this somewhat formulaic comedy popping, but it's ultimately a forgettable (though likable) diversion.

Angel Heart (Blu-ray): For some of us, the opportunity to see Denise Huxtable naked was a big moment of our teenage years. (You guys know who you are. Don't pretend like I'm all alone on this.) Now, the chance to relive that moment in HD.

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