Rabid fans can now scream along to 'Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience' in the comfort of their own homes (sorry, parents) as Disney's latest musical hits DVD. Also out: 'Two Lovers,' the acclaimed indie starring rap sensation Joaquin Phoenix, and a 20th Anniversary Edition of Spike Lee's seminal 'Do the Right Thing.' 'Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience'
What It's About: Current kings of pop (well, tween pop) Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas set our collective hearts aflutter and prove that, despite popular belief, their music actually is multi-dimensional. All you need are 3D glasses. (Note: fans who want the 3D experience need opt for the Blu-ray version.)
What Critics Say: Despite the anonymous sentiment that the movie was made exclusively for and could only be enjoyed by Jonas fans, critics still trashed it: The concert film registered a 23 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But like it matters what critics say about this one...
What Fans Say (Some choice snippets from our Users Reviews page):
"The best movie ever invented." -- boo its yuval;
"i felt like i went 2 the concert every1 in audience wz screaming" -- ilovemusic234678;
"Its an awesomeeeeeeee movie!! youll luvvv it!!" -- way2cuuute4you
"I thought the part when he threw the guitar pick out was crazy!!! I actually jumped up from my seat thinking I could catch it ... That's how real it seemed to me, but I did take the wrong cold medicine 2 hours before." -- Bagalot1
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What It's About: Joaquin Phoenix is a troubled Brooklyn man who, despite a current residence in his parents house, is blessed/cursed with the difficult decision of choosing between two beautiful women (Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw). And yes, he raps.
What Critics Say: Reviewers showed a lot of love for 'Two Lovers,' with the romantic drama earning an 84 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter called it "The best American drama of the year."
In the News: Phoenix has called 'Two Lovers' his last acting performance, insisting he's giving up on Hollywood to pursue a career in hip-hop. Many still believe it's all a hoax, and the fact that his friend Casey Affleck has been documenting it all for a movie suggests it could be. But Phoenix still hasn't signed on for another film. Um, watch your back, Eminem?
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Special Edition Spotlight: 'Do the Right Thing'
Twenty years after its release, Spike Lee's seminal indie about racial tensions in a multi-ethnic Brooklyn neighborhood speeding to a fever pitch still simmers with intensity and crackles with energy. From Rosie Perez's awesomely choreographed solo dance (set, of course, to Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power') to Lee and Danny Aiello's final confrontation, there's not a stale moment to be found. This 20th Anniversary Edition (also available on Blu-ray) includes new deleted and extended scenes and a retrospective documentary with the cast and crew. For maximum effect, watch this one on a scorching hot summer afternoon -- air conditioning off, pizza pie in hand.
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