DVD previews for this week

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 - 2:55 pm

“Don Jon” (R, 90 minutes, Fox): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his feature-length writing and directorial debut, stars as Jon, a New Jersey bartender who has no trouble bedding ladies but prefers pornography. This disarming film proves Gordon-Levitt’s deftness both behind the camera and in front of a computer screen, writing, and gives Scarlett Johansson a star turn as Jon’s foil Barbara. The movie starts as a raunch-fest, reveling in crass language and frank discussions about the relative merits of computer-generated ecstasy over the old-fashioned kind. But somewhere along the way, the comedy seamlessly morphs into an incisive satire and, finally, an extremely affecting story about the value of intimacy between two real people – not actors, not avatars. Contains strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, strong language and drug use.

“Last Love” (unrated, 155 minutes, Image Entertainment): Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine plays Matthew Morgan, a retired professor who is trying to overcome the death of his wife. After three years as a loner, this American in Paris befriends Pauline, a young, French dance instructor (Clemence Poesy, “In Bruges”) who struggles with her own past troubles. The drama takes a somewhat oddly comedic turn with the arrival of the widower’s adult children, played by Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson.

Also: “CBGB” (Alan Rickman is Hilly Kristal in this biopic centering on the famous New York punk-rock nightclub), “Freedom Force” (animated sci-fi adventure), “Love, Marilyn” (HBO documentary), “Sweetwater,” “Sanitarium,” “Shaolin Warrior” (2011, China), “Ritual,” “Zombie Hamlet” and “Cassadaga.”

TV series: “Wolfblood: Season 1” (Disney channel).



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