Kick-Ass
At this point, is there anything left to say about Kick-Ass? Real people become vigilante superheroes. It's been done before, but this time, it's got a jaw-dropping Hit Girl, a role that's made one Chloe Moretz a sensation. In his review, Todd Gilchrist wrote: "as a full-length film, Kick-Ass is a great comic book come to life, but not much else. A faithful recreation of the rhythms of episodic funny-paper storytelling ... [it] never quite finds enough cohesion or dramatic clarity to become a fully satisfying film." If you're on the fence, you'll want to rent it, but for the rest, Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
It's the story of a wimpy, wise-cracking kid making his way through middle school, but as John Gholson reviewed, it "should've been titled Diary of a Selfish, Dishonest Punk." He continues: "It would all be unpleasant if it wasn't funny. ... If you're a parent who's been forced to sit through a barren desert of painfully unfunny family comedies, Diary will feel like an oasis." Buy it for the family movie shelf on DVD or Blu-ray.

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The Ghost Writer
Ah, the film Roman Polanski finished during his house arrest. It's a mixture of highs (Olivia Williams) and lows (Kim Cattrall), leading Dawn Taylor to write: "the arguments begin in one's own head as to whether this movie is deliberately, stylishly melodramatic, or a tad clunky by accident." She concludes that "there are moments of brilliance that make it more than worth tolerating the missteps," but I'm not so sure. Rent it and see for yourself on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Also out: After.Life, Blood Done Sign My Name, To Save a Life, Open House, Greek Tycoon, Cop Dog, Finding Bliss



A Prophet
A man is sent to prison for assaulting a police officer. He swears he didn't commit the crime, but that soon becomes irrelevant as he learns more tricks of the crime trade in prison, works for the mafia, and becomes a prophet. Eric Snider reviewed the Oscar-nominated film at the Portland Film Fest and noted: "It's visceral, compelling, and satisfying, a fresh take on an old genre."

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The Living Wake
The Last Holiday (the original, of course) mixed with Get Low -- that's the basic idea behind this indie black comedy, which sees Mike O'Connell play an artist (though he never completed a single piece) who sets off to make his final arrangements and hold a living wake -- with the help of his biographer, played by Jesse Eisenberg. From minimal critical attention, the film earned a 50-50 at Rotten Tomatoes.

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Also out: Happiness Runs, Sweetgrass, The Duel, Home



Breakfast Club 25th Anniversary Edition
Can you believe it's been a quarter century since those kids sat around talking about taping arses, bad dads, and teenage angst? It's now on a fancy Blu-ray, and Blu-ray.com reports that the disc is as nice visually as you can expect from the production, has decent sound quality (with some muffled dialogue), and a bunch of special features including a commentary with Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall and a featurette digging into the origins of the Brat Pack.

James and the Giant Peach
Henry Selick's film is now hitting the high-def world, but you might want to avoid this release. As HighDefDigest reports, the transfer makes it look "decades older," all the supplements are copied from the previous DVD, and there's only a little interactive HD game and rumbling sound for your enjoyment.

Also out: Piranha, Escape From New York, Blood Simple, Bull Durham, Charlie's Angels, Kalifornia, Open House, Road to Perdition, Splinter, To Save a Life, After.Life

Criterion releases: Criterion Collection: Eclipse 23: Akira Kurosawa

Oldies: 'night, Mother, Great Waldo Pepper, Death Sport/Battle Truck, Humanoids from the Deep, Cross My Heart, Going Berserk, TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn