Julia Roberts may be "gaming" lover/co-conspirator Clive Owen in 'Duplicity,' Jesse Eisenberg works the games in 'Adventureland,' and Channing Tatum indulges in a not-so-friendly game of bloodsport in 'Fighting.' Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'Duplicity'
What It's About: In Clive Owen's latest role as a slick globetrotter NOT named James Bond, he and Julia Roberts are corporate spies and part-time lovers either looking to scheme a multibillion dollar company -- or each other. Who's "gaming" who?
It's Kind of Like: 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' meets 'Out of Sight'
What We Say: 'Michael Clayton' director Tony Gilroy crafts another intelligent and satisfying thriller, mostly thanks to the sparks between Owen and Roberts. You have to forgive the film for continually trying to outsmart itself (even when the characters screw up, of course, it's on purpose) and just go along for the ride.
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What It's About: Hard up for cash, an Alabama transplant (Channing Tatum) struggling to get by in Manhattan enters the underground world of bare-knuckling brawling under the tutilige of a slick street hustler (Terrence Howard).
It's Kind of Like: 'Fast and the Furious' meets 'Lionheart'
What We Say: Writer-director Dito Montiel follows up the inspired, original, authentic vision of New York 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' with this soulless, formulaic, Hollywood take on NYC. It's decently entertaining, but it's amazingly generic. It also glamorizes brutal violence, yet cuts to black when the sex scene stars. Go figure.
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What It's About: After his father gets demoted, a recent college grad (Jesse Eisenberg from 'Squid and the Whale') must scrap his pre-grad school Eurotrip plans to suffer through a humiliating summer working the games at the titular amusement park.
It's Kind of Like: 'Clerks' with stuffed animals
What We Say: Aside from an annoying supporting character who regularly turns up to randomly punch Eisenberg in the privates, this is a charming, witty and lovable follow-up from 'Superbad' director Greg Mottola. Also going for it: a rockin' '80s soundtrack and uncharacteristically charismatic Kristen Stewart. The film also confirms what most of us have long suspected: Amusement park games are all rigged!
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Other August 25 DVD Releases:
'Life is Hot in Cracktown'
'Rudo y Cursi'
'Trouble the Water'
'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'