DVDs for December 25, 2012

For those of you who are hanging out with your families and/or having dinners and parties today, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

For those of you who are trying to shop for DVDs even though all the stores are closed, GOOD NEWS! There are actually some things coming out today. Here they are:

Looper

I know a lot of people who were blown away by Looper, but I’m not one of them. It’s a futuristic story about a hit man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt with unnecessary facial prosthetics) who kills people sent back in time by the mob. He’s supposed to shoot his older self (Bruce Willis) and doesn’t, meaning he has to chase the guy around while he’s on some vengeance mission against a little kid. As with many time travel movies, the plot kind of falls apart if you think about it too hard (read: at all), but otherwise it’s pretty decent. Check out my full review for more.

Buy Looper on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Justified Season 3

I don’t usually talk about TV shows, but there’s not a lot coming out on Christmas Day and I love Justified. It stars Timothy Olyphant as a US Marshal who gets in trouble in Miami and is sent back home to Kentucky to work with the local yokels and deal with all the gun toting homegrown terrorist maniac wife beater types (rural Kentucky: surprisingly not quiet). It’s pretty gritty and violent but it’s also really smart and different. Raylan the Marshal has tons of charm and badass Marshal skills, so if you don’t love him, there may be something wrong with you.

Buy Justified Season 3 on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

Have you been wondering what Freddie Prinze Jr. has been up to since the last of those 90s teen love stories has faded from memory? Yeah, me either, but here he is again, providing the voice for the random not-Shepard lieutenant who was in Mass Effect 3. He has to lead some troops against an alien invasion in this terrible straight to video anime movie based on the popular video games. Call me crazy, but I thought the appeal of this franchise was that you actually got to PARTICIPATE in space battles, not just watch them from the sidelines.

Buy Mass Effect: Paragon Lost on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

And that’s all, folks! There will be no trailer reviews this week because everything opens today, so I lumped them in with last week’s. Next article will be the Les Miserables review. See you then!

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