Reese Witherspoon takes her biggest role yet -- in character size, anyway -- as a giant battling evil robots from space in the animated hit 'Monsters vs. Aliens.' Plus, John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph look for a sane place to raise their brood in 'Away We Go,' and Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo con their way through 'The Brothers Bloom.' Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'Monsters vs. Aliens'
What It's About: When a gigantic robot alien touches down on Earth to wreak havoc, a motley crew of monsters -- including a mad scientist cockroach (Hugh Laurie) the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a brainless blob (Seth Rogen) and the newest recruit, a giant named Susan (Reese Witherspoon) -- come to the rescue. (Where are Dracula and Frankenstein?)
It's Kind of Like: 'Monsters Inc.' meets 'The Iron Giant'
What We Say: Unmistakable and charismatic voice talent like Will Arnett, Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert (as the president!) make this romp a fun ride, even if an overload of action makes it a little mind-numbing (sans the 3-D glasses on DVD at least). Did they really have to decimate the Golden Gate Bridge? The 10-year-old bridge enthusiast in me is scarred.
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'Away We Go'
What It's About: An expectant couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) travel around North America to find the perfect place to raise their brood -- catching up with crazy and/or emotionally wrecked friends and family at every turn.
It's Kind of Like: 'She's Having a Baby' meets 'Into the Wild'
What We Say: You can't ask for more lovable leads than Krasinski and Rudolph, and they guide this heartfelt (if determinedly "quirky") travel dramedy to scenic heights, even if it's episodic quality (some bits are over-the-top hilarious, others pop-the-painkillers depressing) results in an uneven flick whose parts are greater than its sum.
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'The Brothers Bloom'
What It's About: 'Brick' director Rian Johnson returns with this stylistic crime comedy about a pair of fraternal con men (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who attempt to swindle an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) out of her fortune -- if they can keep from falling for her.
It's Kind of Like: Wes Anderson's 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'
What We Say: Moviefone editor Tom DiChiara wrote of the film, "It works as a twisty caper, a sweet romance and a sibling dramedy. And, most importantly, it never cons the audience into caring about the characters because, well, it doesn't have to."
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Other September 29 DVD Releases:
'The Girlfriend Experience'
'Filth and Wisdom'
'The Hills Run Red'
'The Wizard of Oz'
New on Blu-ray:
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003)
'Snakes on a Plane'