Adults get Angelina in despair in 'Changeling,' while the kids get Zac in full-on dance mode in 'HSM 3.'

Angelina Jolie may have virtually no chance of winning an Oscar this Sunday, but the Clint Eastwood-directed 'Changeling' is still worth the rental to see one of her finer performances. As for 'Body of Lies,' the Leonardo DiCaprio-Russell Crowe got a deserving zero nominations.

But as far your kids are concerned, 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' should win Best ... Picture ... EVER.

Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past.


'Changeling'
What It's About: A plump-lipped dame (Angelina Jolie) in 1920s Los Angeles comes home to discover her young son has disappeared. Somehow the highly corrupt LAPD figures she's dumb enough to accept an impostor in his place.

What We Say: The first in Clint Eastwood's '08 directorial double bill, this period drama is at points fierce and affecting, but ultimately disappointing and overly long (are we supposed to share Jolie's angst ... for an ending to finally come?).

Awards Watch: 'Changeling' is still very much worth the watch for Jolie's nuanced turn in a very un-Angelina character (aside from the obvious motherly stuff). She's up for Best Actress at Sunday's Oscars, but a win over Kate Winslet or Meryl Streep is about as likely her finally dumping Brad for me.

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'Body of Lies'
What It's About: A baby-faced CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) inches closer to taking down a terrorist mastermind in Jordan while under the watch of a stay-at-home superior (Russell Crowe).

What We Say: Generally considered one of 2008's biggest disappointments, 'Lies' honestly isn't a bad movie. It's never dull, and a nice refresher in world geography. But can the war on terror really be so simplified to a goateed CIA agent and pot-bellied soccer dad playing puppeteers?

It's Kind of Like: 'Syriana' minus realism + 'Rendition'

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'High School Musical 3: Senior Year'
What It's About: A high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico where no science class, assembly or basketball game is safe from the threat of a song-and-dance explosion.

Critical Consensus: Some reviewers would rather watch Zac Efron's hair gel dry; others found it harmless. But all agreed: Their 10-year-old daughters will absolutely love it. (For the record, the movie scored a not-too-shabby 68 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes.)

Special Features? A two-disc special edition also includes an extended edition, sing-along, three featurettes, deleted scenes and bloopers (could an Efron voice crack be on the menu?).

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'Choke'
What It's About: Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) is all but one of these things: a) con artist whose scam invokes choking in public places b) Renaissance Fair actor c) sex addict d) the half-clone son of Jesus Christ; and e) a very nice guy, deep down.

What We Say: Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk ('Fight Club'), this is an oddly toned indie that will divide viewers. But it pays off in the end, and any film with Rockwell in the lead is worth the chance.

Star to Watch: Brad William Henke, who plays Victor's forgiving BFF, shines with regularity in Sundance fare (see also 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' and 'Sherrybaby').

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Other New Releases This Week:
'Religulous'
'Quarantine'
'Flash of Genius'
'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People'
'Midnight Meat Train'
'I Served the King of England'

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