This week there are only two main releases, each of which offers its own slice of abandon:

Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese grabs Leonardo DiCaprio once again, but this time it's for thrills written by Mystic River scribe Dennis Lehane. Leo plays a World War II vet who descends upon Shutter Island with his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the disappearance of a woman who murdered her three kids (Emily Mortimer). John Gholson wrote in his review: "While I wouldn't describe Shutter Island as a 'fun' movie, its B-movie roots show through with obvious abandon. Everything exists in a heightened reality here. ... Shutter Island, despite all of its flaws, is not a career misstep for the director, just a bit of a sidestep. I have no doubts that Scorsese made exactly the film he wanted to make, with all its corkscrew logic and earnest intensity, but it's missing a bit of the visceral punch we're used to from a Scorcese work." If you're into Scorsese letting loose, Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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From Paris with Love
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a low-level CIA op living it up in Paris, who is eager for meatier work, until he's given a big assignment and a partner in John Travolta. In the usual buddy storyline, he's none too pleased with the pairing until circumstances change. Eric D. Snider dug the film, stating: "But the crazy guy/normal guy partnership isn't even close to being the main idea. The main idea is well-shot, flamboyantly acted scenes of mayhem and violence. It's funny, a lot of it, but the movie isn't parodying old-school action-movie excesses. It's wallowing in them, with great enthusiasm. It's a movie that knows what it is, and it does a pretty good job of being it." Nevertheless, this one didn't grab widespread love, so Rent it and see for yourself on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Also out: Shinjuku Incident, The Cry of the Owl, Caddyshack, Coach, Toe to Toe, Word is Out, The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It, Power Kids

Also out on Blu-ray: The Illusionist



Not the Messiah
First came Monty Python's Life of Brian. Many years later, Eric Idle whipped up Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy). A comic oratorio, the stage performance focused on Brian, a young man who is mistaken for the Messiah and sentenced to crucifixion. It references everything from Bob Dylan to Mozart, finishing up with the classic "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." On stage it was a pretty fun excursion, but this disc is even better -- it's the 2009 performance that reunited Idle with Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Long Pigs
This mockumentary focuses on a couple of filmmakers who find the ultimate subject -- a cannibalistic serial killer who allows them to film his, erm, lifestyle. Eye Weekly called it "Trailer Park Boys meets American Psycho," and if you want to learn more, check out Brad McHargue's rundown on Horror Squad. I can't get visions of Tom Petty's Mad Hatter cake party out of my head, which has me intrigued. Rent it if you can stomach some serial killer mocking.

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Honorable Mention: Remember Animation Express? The disc rife with notable and Oscar-winning short films? The NFB disc is now hitting US shelves with some new packaging.

Also out: The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, 180 South



The A-Team: The Complete Series (Limited Edition Box Set)

Naturally, since The A-Team is about to hit screens as a new feature film, it's time to relish in the television show, especially when it comes in an A-Team van with Mr. T at the wheel. It's definitely better than the new Karate Kid cash grab -- Jackie Chan and the Karate Kids 8-Film Set, and the perfect antidote to those siding with Dirk Benedict and Mr. T and their remake unhappiness.

Also out:
TCM Spotlight Charlie Chan, Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories