DVDs for December 6, 2011

The Debt

The Debt is a period film that alternates between the 90s and the 50s as it tells the story of three Mossad agents sent to East Germany to hunt down a Nazi criminal. Something went wrong during that mission, and the movie gradually builds up to a big reveal. It’s not a true story, but it is vaguely based on the Nazi-hunting that Mossad used to do after World War II. All of the actors, particularly Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, and Jessica Chastain, are really good, and the whole thing is really, really tense. Definitely rent it. You can read my full review of The Debt here.

Buy The Debt on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


The Help

Most movies about civil rights tend to be very serious and depressing, even the ones with uplifting messages. The Help on the other hand, has a humorous and uplifting (yet somehow still serious) tone that sets it apart. It stars Emma Stone as a young Southern reporter doing a book on the lives of the black maids of Jackson, Mississippi, who are played by Viola Davis and the hilarious Octavia Spencer. This is a great movie to rent on ladies’ night, but your average fella won’t be too interested, so rent something else for date night. Check out my full review of The Help here.

Buy The Help on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens is exactly as silly as you would think from the title Cowboys and Aliens, but sometimes we’re not looking for grit and seriousness in our science fiction. Sometimes we’re looking for fun. So if you’re being treated for depression because of Battlestar Galactica, rent Cowboys and Aliens. Watching Daniel Craig blast alien spaceships with a laser gun from the back of a horse while Harrison Ford says cranky Harrison Ford things is bound to put a smile on anybody’s face. There’s even a bit of mystery included in the set, since Daniel Craig has amnesia.

Buy Cowboys and Aliens on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


The Hangover Part II

If you finished watching The Hangover and immediately wished you could watch it again, this is the movie for you. It’s not so much a sequel to The Hangover as it is a remake, with a slight swapping out of the missing person and the setting. The premise is still the same (wake up in strange hotel room with no memory after a bachelor party) the characters are still the same (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zack Galifianakis) and even most of the jokes are the same (the missing tooth becomes a tattoo). It’s a good movie for boys’ night as long as you and your friends don’t mind repetition.

Buy The Hangover Part II on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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