Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues his quest to become The Children's Champion in 'Witch Mountain,' Ali Larter becomes Hollywood's latest female stalker in 'Obsessed,' and Jamie Foxx strikes up some bromantic drama with Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Soloist.' Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'Race to Witch Mountain'
What It's About: Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) continues his quest to be The Children's Champion (see also 'Game Plan,' the upcoming 'Tooth Fairy') as a Vegas taxi driver who protects a pair of well-meaning, adorable alien children (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig).
It's Kind of Like: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' ... for kids
What Critics Say: Reviews were mixed for this reboot of the vintage Disney franchise, with the film receiving a 43 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The eager-to-please Johnson drew raves across the board, though most critics agreed 'Mountain' didn't improve much on the original(s).
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What It's About: Ali Larter is the latest in long line of Cinema's Psycho Women (a very rich Hollywood tradition). She plays the certifiable temp stalking Idris Elba's white collar office worker, much to the obvious chagrin of one peeved wife (Beyonce).
It's Kind of Like: 'Fatal Attraction' meets 'The Temp'
What Critics Say: The Daily Mail's Christopher Tookley summed up the general critical consensus, calling the film (in lovely alliteration!), "horrid, hackneyed and half-witted." It received a lowly 19 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, the reviews didn't matter: the thriller hit sleeper status with an impressive $68 million haul at the box office.
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What It's About: A bromantic drama of sorts, the film stars Jamie Foxx as real-life homeless, Schizophrenic classical musical impresario Nathaniel Ayers, who's discovered and thrust back into the limelight by a hungry LA Times columnist (Robert Downey Jr.).
It's Kind of Like: 'The Fisher King' meets 'Mr. Holland's Opus'
What We Say: At once considered a potential Oscar contender, this is the archetypal "wait for the DVD" drama ... and here it is. The acting is superb (Downey Jr. is at his biting best, and Foxx, who could've so easily gone Cuba-Gooding-Jr.-in-'Radio,' gives a determined, unflinching performance), but the film suffers from serious over-stylization and unevenness by the usually pristine director Joe Wright ('Atonement').
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Other August 4 DVD Releases:
'The Mutant Chronicles'
'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh'
'The Tigger Movie'
New on Blu-ray:
'My Cousin Vinny'
'Big Trouble in Little China'