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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Ginger & Rosa"
What's It About? Sally Potter's ("Orlando") film follows two inseparable teenage girls, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) during the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1960s London. While Ginger's interests lie in protests and poetry, Rosa's are different, including Ginger's father (Alessandro Nivola).
Why We're IN: While Fanning steals the film with a strong and powerful performance, "Ginger & Rosa" also has a largely talented cast including Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Christina Hendricks, and Timothy Spall. Potter's film is both a moving, coming-of-age story as well as a detailed look at the politics and tension of the era.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Pieta"
What's It About? From South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring"), "Pieta" is both a brutal and heartfelt story of an isolated, merciless loan shark who violently threatens his borrowers for payback money. When a mysterious woman arrives and claims to be his long-lost mother he decides to give up his violent lifestyle, only for a dark, past secret to resurface.
Why We're IN: Winner of this year's Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, "Pieta" is a film that doesn't reach the extreme gore extents of many South Korean thrillers and instead embarks on a darker, more emotional path. Ki-duk's cinematic style is one to be praised in this powerful, philosophical thriller.

New on DVD & Blu-ray
"Kiss of the Damned"
What's It About? Another over-sexed vampire story might be enough to write "Kiss of the Damned" off, but Xan Cassavetes (yes, John Cassavetes daughter) makes an ambitous attempt to reinvent it. While the story of blood, love, and family drama is flawed, "Kiss of the Damned" is a throwback to erotic 70s cinema and classic vampire flicks.
IN or OUT: IN.

"Love and Honor"
What's It About? "Love and Honor" is pretty much what it sounds like: a sappy Nicholas Sparks knockoff with a lead character who will do anything for love. When a Vietnam soldier's (Liam Hemsworth) girlfriend back home breaks up with him, he decided to go AWOL and return to America to win her back. Unless you're a 13-year-old girl, this cliche is simply a waste of time.
IN or OUT: OUT.

"Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles / Love Live Alive"
What's It About? Based on the sci-fi anime series "Robotech," this two-movie collection continues the saga with "The Shadow Chronicles" (2006) and "Long Live Alive" (2013). In the films Lieutenant "Lancer" Belmont, a veteran of Robotech's New Generation, tells of his journey before meeting Scott Bernard and of the aftermath following Admiral Rick Hunter's mission to save Earth. This is a collector's item for any "Robotech" fanatic.

WATCH: A Scene from "Robotech" Robotech - DVD Clip No. 1
IN or OUT: IN.

"Starbuck"
What's It About?
In this French-Canadian comedy David (Patrick Huard) is a 42-year-old screw up who donated a lot of sperm in his youth, a lot. He finds out that he's the biological father of 533 children and 142 of them are trying to get the fertility clinic to reveal the name of a donor code-named "Starbuck." This sitcom-like comedy starts with an original story that is funny, charming, while also heart-felt.

WATCH: A Scene from "Starbuck" Starbuck - DVD Clip No. 1
IN or OUT: IN.

"Trance"
What's It About? The latest from Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionare," "127 Hours"), "Trance" follows Simon (James McAvoy), an art auctioneer who must undergo hypnotherapy in order to remember the location of a lost painting. While "Trance" has a solid cast (Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel) and a seemingly promising psychological thriller plot, its story unfortunately fails to be nothing more than a convoluted, overwrought mess. If Boyle's visuals and soundtrack are enough to satiate "Trance" may be a good pick, but if you're looking for a solid story pass on it.

WATCH: A scene from "Trance" Trance - DVD Clip No. 1
IN or OUT: OUT.

"Twixt"
What's It About? If you didn't know Francis Ford Coppola had a new film out, consider yourself lucky. Starring Val Kilmer as a writer and Elle Fanning as a ghost who visits him to help him solve a murder, "Twixt" attempts to be a horror thriller that is nothing but a failure in every respect. Worst of all "Twixt" suddenly turns into a 3D movie half-way through, something we'd never want from Coppola and hopefully he's learned.
IN or OUT: OUT.

"Welcome to the Punch"
What's It About? This British cops-and-robbers drama stars Mark Strong ("Sherlock Holmes") as ex-criminal Jacob Sternwood and his enemy, detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy). While visually stylish with decent performances from both leads and a commendable supporting cast (Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Jason Flemyng), "Welcome to the Punch" is full of bad writing and trite twists.
IN or OUT: OUT.

SNEAK PREVIEW: Matthew McConaughey's "Mud" is Now Available for Digital Dowload; Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Clip! Mud - DVD Clip No. 1
New to Blu-ray
"Babette's Feast" Criterion Collection
What's It About?
This 1987 Danish film (the country's first to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Film), tells the story of Babette (Stephanie Audran) a political refugee who seeks shelter with two older women in a Danish town. The women, who once had chances at love in their youth but gave it up for religion, hold a dinner to celebrate their deceased father. Babette insists on cooking and makes a feast that will give the women a second chance at life.
IN or OUT: IN.

"The Ice Storm" Criterion Collection
What's It About?
This 1997 Ang Lee drama set on a Thanksgiving weekend stars Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood. The film explores an upper-middle-class Connecticut family that appears calm on the outside, but reveals the dark, emotional chaos they're falling in to. Lee's masterpiece is equipt with remarkable performances and a blend of comedy and drama.
IN or OUT: IN.

"Vehicle 19"
What's It About? After a recently paroled traveller (Paul Walker) picks up the wrong rental car and gets tangled in mess of corrupt local police. Besides becoming the target of an entire police force he also discovers a tied-up woman in the trunk. "Vehicle 19" might sound like a half-way decent car chase movie, but it's far less, even for a Walker film. The actor should stick to "The Fast and the Furious" franchise because this film is far from either.
IN or OUT: OUT.