Now on DVD! March 13, 2012

There are so many great new movies arriving on DVD this week, you might be hard-pressed to watch them all. Among the releases are more of this years favorites from the awards circuit, including Golden Globe winner ‘The Descendants’ (R). George Clooney stars as a man who discovers, after his wife’s boating accident, that she was cheating on him; as he struggles to process the information, he also struggles to connect with his daughters.

Also hot from the Globes is ‘My Week With Marilyn’ (R), which snagged Michelle Williams a best actress statuette for her portrayal of the troubled movie star. Eddie Redmayne stars as the young British lad Colin Clark, on whose memoirs the movie is based; he claimed to have had a week-long affair with Marilyn Monroe on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. While the truthfulness of Clark’s account has been debated, there’s no denying the authenticity of Williams’ performance; she electrifies the screen in every frame.

The Golden Globe winner for best animated picture was ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ (PG-13), the computer-animated motion capture adaptation of the beloved comic strip. Jamie Bell voices the heroic boy detective as he tries to unravel the mystery of an ancient ship and a hidden treasure. The eye-popping animation, combined with plenty of action and humor, make for a very exciting film.

‘The Three Musketeers’ (PG-13) turned out to be a bit of a box office disappointment, but this adaptation of the classic story is still riotously fun in the hands of Paul W.S. Anderson. Logan Lerman plays the hot-headed D’Artagnan, who joins forces with the Musketeers in order to defeat a nefarious plot against the throne of France. Milla Jovovich, Matthew McFadyen, and Luke Evans also star.

Charlize Theron is a bad girl who never grew up in ‘Young Adult’ (R). Now in her thirties, divorced, and hoping to rekindle a romance with her high school sweetheart, Mavis moves back home to Minnesota—but her snobby attitude, party-girl persona, and all-around spoiled city girl ways make her stick out like a sore thumb in the small town. Oh, yeah, and her sweetheart (Patrick Wilson) is married. Mavis is so deplorable she’s hilarious, yet Theron plays her to just the right note so you almost feel sorry for her.

Lars von Trier’s big mouth–he’s made comments that have branded him a Nazi sympathizer, among other things–has largely overshadowed his latest film, ‘Melancholia’ (R). That’s a bummer, because Kirsten Dunst is captivating as a depressed bride trying to sort out her complicated relationships as a newfound planet comes close to colliding with the Earth. The impressive cast also includes Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt, and Stellan Skarsgard.

Martha Hokenson
If I'm not watching a good movie, it's probably because I'm writing about one. I keep adding new titles to my 'must see' movie list and I hope to watch them all before DVDs become obsolete.

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