The Last House on the Left

A remake of Wes Craven's 1972 film, starring Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, and Garret Dillahunt, the film is a harrowing look into how a family reacts to the crimes played out on their daughter. In his review, William Goss said: "for those who willingly subject themselves to the harsher experiences that storytelling has to offer, this version is a capably, confidently, and chillingly effective opportunity to place ourselves in the worst possible shoes for a length of time." Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Hannah Montana: The Movie

Miley Cyrus' Disney icon finally made her way to the big screen. In his review, Nick Schager said: "and the nicest thing one can say about the film is that at least it's not The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: The Movie." I highly doubt anyone who wants the film will be reading this, so I'll just skip to: Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Julia
Tilda Swinton stars as a 40-year-old alcoholic who makes a last effort at full-on sobriety. In his review, Peter Martin said: "To say that Tilda Swinton gives a riveting performance as Julia is almost to damn her with faint praise. It's her character's story, of course, so we expect that she'll dominate the screen time, but even with all that exposure, there's never a hint of artifice or self-conscious primping to make herself look better as an actress." Buy it.

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Also out: Wyvern, The Wedding Bros., Bridge to Nowhere, The Final Destination Collection



Tyson
Oh, Mike Tyson. One may never have imagined that the ear-biter would get a solid and complex documentary, but wonders never cease. In his Cannes review, James Rocchi said: "Tyson is a well-made documentary that walks the line between heroic celebration and humble confession." Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Surveillance
It's been a long time since Jennifer Lynch hit the screen with her controversial Boxing Helena. While her second feature holds none of the controversy, it's a lot more memorable -- a thriller that involves itself with juxtapositions, a myriad of comedic elements made dark -- from the music of the Violent Femmes to surprise performances from Cheri Oteri and French Stewart. In his review, Nick Schager said: " Lynch's return-from-hiatus proves a nasty little slice of backwater depravity." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: The Diary of a Nobody



Go
If you're itching for high-def Sarah Polley and her quest to find funds and protect herself from a brassed off drug dealer, not to mention pre-Cruise Katie Holmes, have at this release. Now don't get me wrong -- it's a great film. If you agree, however, I imagine you already have the DVD release, which has all the features the previous one has. The only new thing here is merely a "decent" Blu-ray transfer.

Kagemusha, Criterion
Akira Kurosawa's Oscar-nominated 1980 film is now hitting not only Criterion, but also high definition. Better yet, it's got a rave review from Home Theater Forum.

Playtime, Criterion
According to Blu-ray.com, Jacques Tati's Playtime "is a very serious upgrade over the existing SDVD release." Not to mention, one that includes all of the previous supplemental features.

Also out: The Last Starfighter



The Adventures of Tintin
We've got Steven Spielberg's adaptation on the way, but for now, you can indulge in a box set that includes volumes 1-5. And you've got a lot of time to rip through them -- The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is slated for release in 2011.

Also out: These Old Broads, Husbands, The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition), Spring Break, The Strangeness, Ride a Wild Pony, Swan Princess, Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection: Ishiro Honda, Five Deadly Venoms