Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today's New DVDs- 5/18/10

Invictus: It may buckle into a too-familiar sports formula in its third act, but Clint Eastwood's dramatization of South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory under Mandela is compelling and emotional stuff, and Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon couldn't be better.

The Messenger: Terrific acting is also the primary attraction of this sparse, powerful drama. Ben Foster keeps getting better, while Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton are unsurprisingly but memorably good. It's a deeply felt and powerful film.

Extraordinary Measures: Hey, Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser! I remember those guys.

Carlito's Way (Blu-ray): It's never accumulated the cult following of its director, producer, and star's previous collaboration Scarface, but this 1993 crime drama has an elegance and operatic skill of its own, and features a couple of crackerjack DePalma set pieces, as well as a wonderful, darkly comic Sean Penn performance.

PoliWood: Barry Levinson seems to have found himself a new calling--this "film essay" on politics, media, and celebrity is better than any fiction film he's made since, well, Wag the Dog, itself an outstanding comedic examination on politics, media, and celebrity.

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