New DVDs this week

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 15TICKET

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (PG-13, 115 minutes, Paramount): This was billed as a reboot, but it's not. Rather than wiping the slate clean, the filmmakers integrate, seemingly at random, elements from the previous film (2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," starring Channing Tatum and Dennis Quaid). It's as if the computer successfully restarted but half the icons disappeared. For all its absurdity, the movie (now starring Tatum, with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis) takes itself awfully seriously. Yes, the goofy one-liners are there, but so are the earnest back stories about making it against all odds. And while "G.I. Joe" is merely a movie based on Hasbro toys, the action feels just as lifeless. Contains combat violence, martial arts action, brief sensuality and language.

"Filly Brown" (R, 100 minutes, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment): This routine music-business cautionary tale casts a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre. Gina Rodriguez, a versatile young talent, tries to rescue "Filly Brown" from mediocrity. She's asked to keep a lot of plates spinning in this Sundance Film Festival favorite – and somehow avoids blame when most of those dishes shatter on the ground. Contains strong language, some drug use and violence.

"Teen Beach Movie" (91 minutes, Disney): The Disney Channel's perky, made-for- television musical is a time-warpy hunt for a few concepts that have been irretrievably lost, first among them being the carefree American teenager. Surfers Brady and McKenzie (Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell) have spent an endless summer shooting the curl and flirting, but now her guardian aunt has arrived to spirit her away to an elite prep school "back east." "Teen Beach Movie" is jam-packed with packed jams, the sort of minivan torture music that still sustains Uncle Walt's empire.

Also: "War on Whistleblowers," "Black Rock," "Cloudburst," "The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh," "Blaze You Out," "The Devil's Backbone" (2001, Spain, the Criterion Collection), "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" (from the DC Universe original animated movies, Warner), "Old Dog" (2011, Tibet), "Rushlights," "3 Businessmen," "The Bronte Sisters" (1979, Cohen Film Collection), "A Night for Dying Tigers," "War Flowers," "Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection: Vol. 2," "Meet the Small Potatoes," "The Magic School Bus: Revving Up" and "The Magic School Bus: In a Pickle" (both Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

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