DVDs for March 5, 2013

wreck it ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

I love Wreck-It Ralph. In fact, I rated it as one of my favorite movies of 2012. It features a video game villain who throws the arcade into chaos when he abandons his game and befriends a marginalized little girl in a racing game in his efforts to be a hero. Anyone who gamed in the 90s will find it nostalgically awesome while today’s kids should be sufficiently entertained by the Halo references and the lands made of candy. Rent it for the whole family or read my review for more.

Buy Wreck-It Ralph on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


red dawn

Red Dawn

On the other side of the coin, we have the terrible modern remake of the also-terrible 80s film Red Dawn, where an off duty marine played by Chris Hemsworth must turn a bunch of whiny teenagers into a guerrilla squad after their town is invaded by North Korea. It only narrowly avoided making my ‘worst movies of 2013’ list by the skin of its Chris Hemsworth (Hey! Hotness can make up for a lot!) Unless you’re a huge fan of the original for some odd reason or you’re watching Chris Hemsworth’s backlist, there’s no reason to rent this movie. Read my review instead.

Buy Red Dawn on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

playing for keeps

Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps can’t seem to decide what type of movie it wants to be. Is it a comedy about a washed up pro soccer player who gets roped into coaching a bunch of little kids? Yes, sort of. Is it a buddy movie about an immature, absentee dad who reconnects with his son? Yes, sort of. Is it a romantic comedy where a sexy ex-boyfriend steals his one true love away from her new fiance? Yes, sort of. It’s all these things, but not enough of each to make it really resonate, which is why it’s merely okay. Read my review for more.

Buy Playing for Keeps on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


Les Intouchables

Not a lot of people watch foreign language films, and that’s a shame, because some of them are really good. If you’re one of the people who assume that anything European is bound to be confusing and/or depressing, I challenge you to find anything confusing or depressing about Les Intouchables, a hilarious and heartwarming French film about a wealthy paralyzed man who hires a big, tough poor guy as his caretaker against everyone’s advice and he ends up pushing his boundaries and having a great time. Check it out!

Buy Les Intouchables on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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