New movies on DVD this week include Hope Springs (2012) starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee, Finding Nemo, The Dark Knight Rises, & Impulse (1990).
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Intense police thriller stars Theresa Russell as a burned-out L.A. undercover vice cop who becomes increasingly attracted to the temptations she confronts night after night and becomes involved in a botched sting operation and the murder of a Colombian drug dealer. Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza co-star; directed by Sondra Locke.
Finding Nemo (2003)
In this spectacular animated family adventure from Pixar Studios, young clownfish Nemo is separated from his anxiety-ridden widower father, Marlin, on the first day of school. After Marlin discovers Nemo has been captured by a diver and placed in a dentist office aquarium in Sydney, he frantically tries to rescue him with help from a forgetful blue tang named Dory. With voices by Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, and Barry Humphries.
Hannah’s Law (2012)
The West is wilder than usual in this Hallmark telefilm mixing fact and fiction, relating the exploits of imaginary bounty hunter Hannah Beaumont (Sara Canning), who aims to tame Dodge City with the assistance of real-life legends Wyatt Earp (Greyston Holt) and Doc Holliday (Ryan Kennedy). Eager to avenge the murder of her parents, Hannah tracks the wily Frank McMurphy (John Pyper-Ferguson) and his gang. With Danny Glover, Billy Zane, and Kimberly Elise as Stagecoach Mary.
Alan Thicke stars in this faith-based drama about a lawyer charged with distributing a deceased publisher’s estate equally among his surviving family members. The delivery of the late businessman’s wealth comes with a catch, however, because in his will, he has insisted that his relatives come to terms with the bitterly divisive issues they have with one another. Richard Moll, Charlene Tilton co-star.
Hope Springs (2012)
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a middle-aged couple whose 30-year marriage is in crisis–at least according to Streep. Indifferent to facing the truth but ultimately willing to attend a week-long session with a counselor (Steve Carell) at his wife’s request, Jones joins his longtime partner on a search to rekindle the fire of their love. Charming romance co-stars Jean Smart, Ben Rappaport, and Marin Ireland.
Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)
In his third feature film adventure, teenager Fred has his plans of a relaxing vacation ruined when his mom accidentally signs him up for the wrong summer camp. While believing that the facility’s director is actually a rat in disguise who is poisoning his cabin mates, Fred makes new friends and battles a rival camp in a ferocious–and funny–competition. Lucas Cruikshank, Tom Arnold, John Cena star.
Angry Boys (2011)
Again launching a mockumentary series showcasing his ability to portray a variety of unforgettable comic characters, Australian funnyman Chris Lilley sheds riotous light on contemporary issues. In addition to the return of the Sims twins (from “We Can Be Heroes”), fans will meet a surfing champion, an American rapper, the Japanese mother of a pro skateboarder, and a grandmother who’s a prison officer at a juvie house. With Deborah Jones, Greg Fairall.
We Can Be Heroes (2005)
Australian comedian Chris Lilley’s farcical mockumentary series involves the hilarious search for “Australian of the Year”–a popular-vote competition narrowed down to five contenders (all portrayed by Lilley). With wacky qualifications ranging from the rescue of children in a “castle jumping” accident to the donation of an eardrum, each of the finalists comes with an irreverent story parodying unique aspects of Australian culture. With Jennifer Byrne, Chung Jade Koh.
When her husband (Ty Burrell) is asked to step aside after a 15-year run as the Iowa State Fair’s butter-carving champion, a creepily focused housewife (Jennifer Garner) is determined to keep the prize in the family. She starts feeling the heat, however, when a 10-year-old foster child (Yara Shahidi) shows a knack for the craft. Accept no substitutes for this trenchant satire co-starring Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, and Hugh Jackman.
Second Best (2012)
With his elderly father’s infirmity confronting him with the prospect of being alone, a middle-aged Welsh postmaster (William Hurt) looks into the prospect of adopting a child. He’s matched with an 11-year-old boy (Chris Cleary Miles) with fierce loyalties to his frequently jailed dad (Keith Allen). Can they break through their respective isolation? Understated, affecting tale co-stars John Hurt, Jane Horrocks, Alan Cumming.
Los Angeles, 1948: An ambitious cop (Perry King) thinks the fast track to promotion will follow if he brings down the Sunset Strip’s most notorious madam (Joan Van Ark). The crafty courtesan, however, has made her share of political connections, and the pursuing plainclothesman might not be ready for the blowback. Period made-for-TV tale co-stars Season Hubley, David Graf.
Who Is Julia? (1986)
Dowdy housewife Mary Frances (Mare Winningham) is in irreversible coma after a brain hemorrhage. Beautiful model Julia (Judith Ledford) is given no chance of survival in the wake of a horrific car accident. Surgeons make the daring choice to transplant the latter’s brain into the former’s body…but when the “new” Julia tries to reclaim her life, will she wish that they hadn’t? Speculative made-for-tv opus co-stars Jameson Parker, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jonathan Banks.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Eight years after Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) hung up his cape and cowl, Gotham City’s crime rate is at an all-time low. That is, until a powerful terrorist leader called Bane (Tom Hardy) arrives to hold the entire city hostage. Now, it’s up to Batman, Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), young cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and the sleek and sexy Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) to bring Bane down. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman also star in the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s successful saga.
Mixing fairy tale fantasy with heart-tugging realism, this family-oriented drama tells the unlikely story of a married couple (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton) whose dreams of having a child of their own–despite their fertility challenges–come true after young Timothy (CJ Adams) literally grows out of their garden. Timothy’s joyous arrival is soon complicated by an impending economic downturn in the community. With Odeya Rush, David Morse.
The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011)
Is 60-year-old Eli (Michel Blanc) ready to be a father…again? With the news that Eli and his new wife (Claude Perron) are expecting, his adult daughters (Florence Loiret Caille, Melanie Laurent) also must cope with the strange way he attempts to rectify his estrangement from one of them…by acquainting himself with all of her ex-boyfriends! French dramedy co-stars Guillaume Gouix, Manu Payet.
The intrigue and strife surrounding the five-year effort to build the Titanic at a Belfast shipyard is brought to resonant life by this documentary with dramatizations, from the perspective of the eight laborers who were rewarded with tickets on the maiden voyage…and never returned. Gordon Langford Rowe, Damian O’Hare, Christopher Wright star; Charles Dance narrates.
Titanic: Blood & Steel (2012)
The tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic wasn’t the first time the ship claimed human lives. In this dramatic British series, the construction of the fated vessel acts as the locus of action when the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast lands the task of building an unsinkable boat in 1909–a project that, amidst all the shady politics, becomes a symbol of hope to the working class. Kevin Zegers, Derek Jacobi, and Alessandra Mastronardi star.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Mixing fairy tale magic with gritty realism, this mesmerizing drama follows the tumultuous journey taken by Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), a fiercely independent 6-year-old sharing a ramshackle home with her father (Dwight Henry) in a Louisiana bayou community. As an impending storm threatens everyone’s survival, the girl sets out on her own, hoping for a reunion with her absent mother and haunted by visions of untamed creatures roaming the wilderness. With Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes.