THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
2013; $22.98-$35.98; PG-13
Will Smith created this exciting chase film as a starring vehicle for son Jaden, who spends most of the time running from packs of wild CGI animals (and plants!) in the lush, merciless forests of a future Earth, trying to rescue his venerable butt-hole father. Oh, and there’s an unstoppable alien creature in the mix who can smell fear. Jaden will surely need psychological help one day, but it still makes for a rousing bit of macho sci-fi nonsense, aimed squarely at kids but with a lesson for parents as well. What lesson? First off, M. Night Shyamalan isn’t nearly as bad a director as you’ve heard.
THE HANGOVER PART III
2013; $17.98-$35.98; R
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis return — along with indestructible Ken Jeong — for the third and supposedly last chapter in this hit “drunks run amok” series that has spawned a generation of imitators. Here the filmmakers do away with the cool flashbacks, instead leading the Wolfpack down a dark, criminal road where they find John Goodman, as threatening as ever. The internal chemistry of the friends is about all that stands between themselves and disaster, that and a little help from Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and Melissa McCarthy. Not the best in the series, but a nice place to end it.
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE
2012; $24.98; UR
A stirring look at 50 years of environmental activism. With mega-corporations now controlling our news outlets, it’s easy to be ignorant of just how wretched — and short! — our lives would be without the constant work of environmentalists who have literally fought and died to protect our world. But there have been massive tragedies, many of which you’ve been kept in the dark about. An urgent and exciting look at our stewardship of this fragile world. Recommended.
AWKWARD: SEASONS ONE AND TWO
2011; $24.99; UR
Ashley Rickards is both hilarious and suitably embarrassed as the cute 15-year-old high-school nobody who suffers an accident, putting her in a neck brace and stick-out arm cast. Then the rumors start: Were her injuries the result of a suicide attempt?! Suddenly, she’s incredibly popular — the most talked-about girl in school. How’s she supposed to deal with that? First two seasons of a great original series from MTV, now available at a great price.
DOCTOR WHO, STORY 80: TERROR OF THE ZYGONS
1975; $29.98-$34.98; UR
Another great classic Tom Baker outing as The Doctor, with Elisabeth Sladen as companion Sarah Jane Smith. They rush to Loch Ness when a number of oil rigs are attacked — and find Nessie under the control of the evil Zygons, an alien race living at the bottom of the Loch, preparing to take over the Earth. This is one of the best Doctors ever: from the clever amphibious costumes to the hokey hand puppets to the great script by BBC stalwart Robert Banks Stewart. The perfect place to begin your Doctor Who collection.
FAMILY GUY: VOLUME 11
2013; $24.98; UR
The best thing about these 23 episodes — other than the simple fact that they are “Family Guy” — is that they’re all uncensored! You can finally see all of Seth MacFarlane’s most outrageous gags the way he intended, including many previous-season episodes the studio has refused to release up to this time. And the angry chicken returns! Great stuff.
1966; $19.98-$24.98; PG
Raquel Welch in a wetsuit! Donald Pleasence eaten alive by a white blood cell! Raquel Welch in a wetsuit! Wow! What more could you want in a movie? Scientists shrink a nuclear-powered surgery submarine to microscopic size and inject it into a dying man. (In the Spanish remake, it’s a suppository. Just kidding.) Now available in a great, clear Blu-ray with all the trimmings. Recommended.
2012; $23.98; UR
This 2012 Cannes Film Festival winner from Xavier “I Killed My Mother” Dolan is beautiful, both to look at and to savor for its soundtrack. The titular Laurence is a Frenchman perfectly happy with his life. He has a great girlfriend, is about to be published and enjoys his job. Then he tells the girlfriend he wants to be a woman. But rather than the end of their relationship, this is just one of their many interactions as the movie tracks their lives throughout the 1990s. A truly exceptional film.
STUCK IN LOVE
2012; $26.98-$29.98; R
Greg Kinnear is a divorced guy who still obsesses over his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly), despite the frequent carnal efforts of his neighbor, Kristen Bell. Meanwhile, daughter Lily Collins has her own relationship problems, as does son Nat Wolff, who is dating Liana Liberato (Tristan from “Sons of Anarchy”). OK, that’s four of the most beautiful women we’ve ever seen, and they all live on the same street! We checked Google: It’s apparently nowhere near here. Or reality. Good little romantic comedy-drama.
2013; $23.99; R
This thriller, about a housebound family fighting for their lives during a 12-hour “Purge,” when laws are null and no crime is punished, is a bit idiotic, but it makes for a nice bit of rough escapist nonsense. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey lead the cast as Mom and Dad, with Max Burkholder and Adelaide Kane as the kids. They all seem safe enough until Edwin Hodge (2012’s “Red Dawn”) stumbles, bloody and beaten, into their midst — and the rest of America wants him dead.
2013; $11.98-$29.98; UR
A street drug called “Natas” (read it backwards) turns everyone into cannibalistic flesh eaters. Our hero, Martin Copping, spends his days drinking and blasting baddies from the seat of his old Camaro (the professional’s choice) until he discovers a small band of survivors led by a priest named Jesus — played by Danny Trejo! — who carries an axe and offers him redemption. OK, so it’s just another low-rent battle in zombie hell, but we liked it.
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