Bride Wars
One minute, she's struggling with addiction and family drama in the winning Rachel Got Married. The next, Anne Hathaway was skyrocketing to the dredge, terrible marriage stereotyping, and wedding wars with Kate Hudson. Jeffrey M. Anderson said there's one worthy minute in the film, but the "rest of the time, for 88 out of its 89 minutes, it's a movie totally devoid of life." Also on Blu-ray. Skip it.

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The Uninvited
One would think that a film with David Strathairn and Elizabeth Banks would be worth a moment or two, especially since they're not running to the horror/thriller genre every day, but as Jette Kernion said in her review in February: the story is weak, Banks' lines are "stilted and almost laughable," and Strathairn's performance "made me want to go home and put on one of his better movies to forget about his nearly wooden character in this one." That's enough reason to Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Martyrs
Movies that make Saw look like Sesame Street aren't the type I usually have in my queue, so I'll leave this entirely up to Scott Weinberg: "It may be one of the most ferocious horror films ever made -- but Martyrs is also quite effectively chilling and consistently disturbing ... frankly I think it's one of the most fascinating pieces of 'hardcore' horror cinema you'd ever want to see." Buy it ... if you have the guts.

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Nothing But the Truth
Another political drama in Rod Lurie's stable, Truth boasts the likes of Kate Beckinsale, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, Matt Dillon, taking the Valerie Plame case and morphing into an amped up drama with intrique based around missile strikes on Venezuela. Eric Snider said from TIFF: "Still, for all its strengths, Nothing But the Truth falls under the umbrella of good but not great." Rent it.

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Also out: Frost/Nixon: Complete Interviews, What Doesn't Kill You (also on Blu-ray), While She Was Out



JCVD
At a time in his career when even his B-movie notoriety was faltering, Jean Claude Van Damme came back with something better than anyone could imagine -- playing himself in the story of a robbery gone wrong. It's something to make the old-school fans roar with glee, while also serving up a film that's just, well, good. As James Rocchi said: "I never thought I'd utter these words, but Jean-Claude Van Damme gives an exciting, impressive performance here, careening between action that leaves him breathless and comedy that leaves us laughing, revealing not only the timing and charisma that made him the action star we know him as but also a human side we probably had never imagined." Buy it.

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Stranded
On a much more serious note, there's Stranded, the documentary behind the story we know as Alive, when the Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Recreated footage, and a trip back to the site by the survivors outline this film, which Rocchi called "Gripping, moving, and superbly-crafted." Buy it.

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The Da Vinci Code
With Angels and Demons soon to be upon us, Sony thought it would be nice to give us a new Code, a 2-disc Blu-ray release chocked full of features in case you were wondering about the finger details of secretive religious murder mysteries. By chocked full, we're talking a whopping 17 featurettes, plus audio commentary and BD-Live, just in case you want to chat with your friends remotely while watching.

Hotel for Dogs
The Emma Roberts-led Hotel for Dogs has nabbed itself a solid Blu-ray release, which highdefdigest calls "strong, with very good video and audio, and a fluffy if still-decent spate of extras." But really -- do you expect a lot from silly, feel-good family fare?

The Reader
Something must've held the high-def release up, because now, a few weeks after the DVD release, there is the Blu-ray version, which offers the film, plus the regular making-of fare and a shocking 41 minutes of deleted scenes.

Also out: Connected, Fast Company, In the Realm of Senses



The Hit -- Criterion Release
Long before Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, or The Queen, Stephen Frears helmed The Hit -- a crime film starring Terence Stamp as an English mobster who becomes an informant. As DVDTalk explains, The video is a sturdy transfer that looks good, but shows age, and the extras are a light, but good, offering of an audio commentary, trailer, and a 1988 interview with Stamp.

Also out on Criterion: Empire of Passion, In the Realm of the Senses

The Beethoven Pooch Pack
We've all been dying for it, and now you can get all films together in one pack. Need I say more?

Older Flicks: British Cinema Volume 2 - Comedy Collection: Disc One -- Our Girl Friday, Dentist in the Chair, Runaway Bus, Carry on Admiral, Time of His Life, War Gods Collection, Au Bonheur des Dames, Cold Eyes of Fear, Glen and Randa, H2 Worker, The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, The She-Beast