Zombieland
Jesse Eisenberg teams up with Woody Harrelson to survive the zombie apocalypse, as the latter sets out to find the last Twinkie on Earth. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin enter the fray, and, well, as William Goss wrote in his review: "It's a constantly clever comedy whose characters have amusingly direct motives (i.e. Tallahassee wants a Twinkie above all else) that disguise some genuine losses, and most of the gags stem from their relationships -- coward vs. cowboy, gals undermining guys -- above general (albeit welcome) irreverence." Buy it.

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Amelia
Hilary Swank's Amelia Earhart biopic is now hitting the shelves, detailing her love of George Putnam (Richard Gere), and the advances of one Mr. Gene Vidal (Gore Vidal's dad, played by Ewan McGregor). Jette Kernion wrote that the film: "succeeds in portraying the famous aviatrix in a whole new light ... as a mundane soap-opera character with relationship issues." Skip it.

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Love Happens
A fairly forgotten 2009 romcom, Love Happens stars Aaron Eckhart as a grieving widow who falls in love for student Jennifer Aniston. In her review, Jenni Miller wrote that it was "boring and lazy," and Eric Snider wondered what they were thinking including a classic slow clap. Skip it.

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Also out: Universal Soldier: Regeneration, The House of the Devil, Triangle, Whatever She Wants, Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning






Adam
Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy star in this 2009 Sundance indie about a man with Aspergers who loses his father and then gains a new life as he meets his new neighbor and falls in love. As Eric Snider noted in his review: "it's actually a humorously bittersweet story buoyed by likable performances, and not an oh-geez-here-comes-another-film-about-a-saintly-disabled-person movie." It's sweet for a sitting, so, Rent it.

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New York, I Love You
The next installment of the cities/love series, the film was mainly ignored when it hit theaters last year, but is worth a look for Ethan Hawke's wordplay, a charming and surprising turn by Shia Labeouf alongside Julie Christie, and a wonderfully funny walk with Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman. As I said in my review: "New York, I Love You allows the city to exist in its flaws and fine features, tapping into many slices of life and revealing slices of Manhattan life we don't often have the chance to see." If you loved the first, it's a keeper, but if you're simply curious, Rent it.

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Also out: As It Is in Heaven, Mr. Right



If you've got some extra cash and are dying to get rid of those old VHS and DVDs and replace them with Blu-rays, this is the week for you. The release list is jam-packed with classic films, re-releases, new flicks, and a whole slew of Academy Cover releases just in time for Oscars season.

Oldies: The Music Man, An American in Paris, Gigi, Bonnie & Clyde

Also out: Man from Earth, Triangle, He Was a Quiet Man, The Lost, Spiral, Virgin Territory, The Fallen Ones, The Babysitters, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mystic River, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Gangs of New York (Remastered), Walk the Line, Amadeus (Director's Cut), The Last King of Scotland, The House of the Devil, Maid in Manhattan, The Girl Next Door, Mona Lisa Smile, The Godfather Trilogy (Coppola Restoration, Sapphire Series), The Wolfman (Special Edition)

Academy Covers: Unforgiven, Pan's Labyrinth, The Departed, Training Day, Million Dollar Baby, The March of the Penguins, Casablanca




The House of the Devil
This release gets into retro kitsch with a VHS/DVD bundle. It's apt -- the film went all-out '80s from the tone and style to filming techniques. As Todd Gilchrist wrote in his VHS review: "The House of the Devil was not only my favorite horror film of 2009, but in my humble opinion, one of the best of the year in any genre. Borrowing inspiration from 1970s and '80s "auteur" horror films like those of Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby) and Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), writer-director Ti West created a modern-day vintage masterpiece with his tale of a babysitter terrorized by a crew of Satanic cultists."

Meanwhile, Turner Classic Movies has released a bunch of classic film packs to help culture you in old-school cinema (a nice accompaniment to the killer Criterion Art House series). Now on shelves:

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romance (Splendor in the Grass, Love in the Afternoon, Mogambo, Now Voyager)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Sci-Fi Adventures (Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, World Without End, Satellite in the Sky)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Marx Brothers (A Day at the Races, A Night in Casablanca, Room Service, At the Circus)