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for Feb 17 DVDs
  • THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

    Animated story in the Japanese anime style about a family of four-inch-high people who are discovered by the big folks

  • THIS MEANS WAR

    Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine in a rom-com about two guys in love with the same woman.

 
  • 1. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1:

    I have been unkind to the previous movies in this series, based on the young adult books by Stephanie Myers.  Kristin Stewart’s Bella has been irritating, and Robert Pattinson’s Edward has been kind of wimpy for a vampire, but this film brings everything together and offers a level of drama and action that is unusual for a part-one-of-two movie.  We know that nothing will be resolved here, because there’s still another installment to come later this year … but despite that, there is a level of tension that drives the action ever onwards … the question on everyone’s lips (everyone who didn’t read the books) is, will Edward turn Bella … will she become a vampire, even though the baby she is carrying may kill her,  Taylor Lautner’s Jacob the werewolf shines here too.  Good movie!  Rated 14A.

  • 2. THE RUM DIARY:

    Johnny Depp is the star of this story based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, which was largely autobiographical.  Thompson was at the head of what was termed “Gonzo Journalism,” the practice of the reporter throwing himself completely into the role of those about whom he was writing.  Here, in Puerto Rico, Paul Kemp (Depp) tries to find his way in a booze-soaked world, working for a small paper with a number of hidden agendas.  Giovainni Ribisi is excellent as a drugged-out, burned-out reporter on the same paper, where no one can be trusted.  Largely a character study, this one is for fans of Depp, or fans of Thompson, or both.  Director Bruce Robinson, a recovering alcoholic, fell off the wagon during filming. Rated 14A.   

  • 3. THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND:

    Uma Thurman and Colin Firth star in this “little” movie that didn’t get much distribution.  The premise:  what if you actually took the advice of one of those radio psychologists?  That’s what happens when Thurman’s character breaks off her engagement because of what she heard on the radio.  Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), now her ex, is a New York fireman who won’t take this lying down … he and a computer-savvy buddy set up a sting for the psychologist that changes everything.   A reasonable romantic comedy! Rated PG.

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  • 4. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BRAKING DAWN, PART 1

    Don’t shut you’re your movie when the credits start to roll … there is one more scene you’ll want to watch!

TAKERS: 

Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!

  • SAFE HOUSE

    Excellent action-thriller with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds!

  • THE VOW

    Fine romantic Valentine’s Day film with Channing Tatum and Rachel MacAdams

  • STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, 3D

    Good to see Queen Amadala in 3D!

  • JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is okay in this family-oriented special effects movie.

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