A Single Man
On the posters and advertisements, it might seem like a dramatic romance between Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, but A Single Man is actually the story of a college professor struggling through life after the death of his partner (Matthew Goode). In his review, Eugene Novikov pointed out the high and low points of the film: "despite the shaky start, Ford finds an elegant, striking way of bringing this material to the screen. Much of A Single Man is an elegiac tone poem, rendered haunting by Ford's beautifully composed images, and propelled by a gorgeous, somewhat Philip Glass-like musical score by little-known Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski." Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Brooklyn's Finest
Antoine Fuqua whips up a drama that digs into what happens when three New York City cops (Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle) are involved in a huge drug operation. In his review, Eric D. Snider noted that while it's like "a lot of other movies about rogue cops driven by personal agendas," the "solid casting" helps. Though the three leads have had better films, "Brooklyn's Finest gives them each the opportunity to play a meaty, serious role." Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Also out: Continental Divide, Eyeborgs, Salvage, Clay Pigeons, Twins, Legal Eagles, Eva, Growing Op, The Familiar





The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This Swedish film, based on late author Stieg Larsson's trilogy, has been taking the world by storm. Of course, one day we'll get the US version, but for now, see what all the fuss over Lisbeth Salander is about. In this film, Salander and Mikael Blomkvist investigate the disappearance of a girl who may have been killed by her own family. Out of 142 reviews, the foreign flick earned an impressive 86% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. Considering the praise and fervor for this story, Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
A little known but impressive name in the quest for Civil Rights, Brother Outsider details the life of activist Bayard Rustin as he deals with inequality, both racially and sexually. A man who led movements to burn draft cards well before Vietnam, and was arrested for sitting at the front of the bus 15 years before Rosa Parks, Black Voices calls the film an "enduring pleasure." "The film is alive with ideas, fast-paced and surprising, and rich in humanity." Rent it.

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Love and Other Disasters
As we all know, Brittany Murphy struggled in her final cinematic years, but Love and Other Disasters -- while typical -- is also surprisingly sweet. The actress starred as a high-fashion American girl in London who works for Vogue and tries to help everyone else while staying pretty blind about her own life. It's just a basic release, following the DVD a few years ago, but for fans who miss Murphy, it's a sweet cinematic diversion.

Ladybugs

I know... You've been dying to see Rodney Dangerfield and Jonathan Brandis in high-def, right? Ladybugs has now entered the halls of Blu-raydom, and not surprisingly, this release isn't a must-have. According to HighDefDigest, this is a disc only for the fans as it has a mediocre transfer and one extra -- a trailer for other Blu-ray titles. However, if you're wild for Dangerfield and don't have this yet, this is the only disc on shelves.

Also out: Bitten, Dr. Giggles/Otis, Eyeborgs, Funny Farm/Spies Like Us, The Getaway (1972 & 1994), Jason and the Argonauts, Jimmy Hollywood, The Last Boy Scout/Last Man Standing, Last Chance to See, Practical Magic/Witches of Eastwick



Chicago
The recent musical wasn't Roxie Hart's first film foray. In 1927 there was Cecil B. DeMille's silent film, which has been restored and now re-released in a two-disc collection with two bonus films -- The Flapper Story and The Golden Twenties -- and other supplemental perks.

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Another super-oldie, Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. is also getting a 2-disc release that boasts a bunch of extras. For this film -- about a young man who returns home after college to work on a steamboat with his dad -- there's the two separate negatives/versions of the film (as was common then), a documentary, vintage recordings, and more.