DVD previews for this week
05/28/2014 2:08 PM
05/28/2014 11:56 PM
“Endless Love” (PG-13, 105 minutes, Universal): The movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction as David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a wrong-side-of-the-tracks type, falls for blond bookworm Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde). Both are recent high school grads, but Jade is bound for Brown, while David has no plans beyond valeting at the local country club and working as a mechanic in his dad’s shop. Jade spent high school either mourning the loss of her older brother or studying, so when the beefy popular kid shows an interest, she practically swoons. Not only does she fall deeply and immediately in love with David, but her brother (who struggles with a raging case of middle-child syndrome) and mother (Joely Richardson) become enamored with David’s romantic outlook, too. Contains language, brief partial nudity, sexual situations and teen partying. Extras include a making-of featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: an extended ending and deleted, extended and alternate scenes.
“Gambit” (PG-13, 105 minutes, Sony): This caper comedy, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name, has a cast that includes Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman, from a Coen brothers screenplay. But after a fall 2012 release in Britain, it bounced around theaters worldwide, but never made it to the United States. Firth is an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss (Rickman) by conning him into buying a fake Monet. But his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen (Diaz). Contains some suggestive content, partial nudity and a rude gesture.
“Saving Grace B. Jones” (R, 116 minutes, ARC Entertainment): Conceived, co-written, co-produced and directed by veteran actress Connie Stevens, this thriller is based on a real-life incident involving a flood in Missouri that Stevens had lived through as a child. The film, Stevens’ feature directing debut, started out on the festival circuit in 2009 and had a limited release in 2013. It was filmed in Missouri, and is set in the 1950s small town. Family man Landy (Michael Biehn) and his wife, Bea (Penelope Ann Miller), fight to release his sister Grace (Tatum O’Neal) from a state asylum for the insane. Grace’s bouncing between quiet acceptance and wild rants worries the local townfolk, already on edge when a powerful storm threatens to flood the town. In the midst of this natural disaster, Grace sets out on a deadly, vengeful rampage. Contains violence and brief sexuality.
Also: “Could This Be Love,” “Claire,” “Red River,” “An Adventure in Space and Time,” “Eastern Bandits,” “The People vs. Paul Crump,” “Hitler and the Nazis (documentary), “How to Train Your Dragon Collector’s Edition,” “24 Exposures,” “Tapped Out” (featuring former mixed martial arts champions Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida), “The Kennedys: Triumph and Tragedy” (box set with two-part documentary “The Kennedys” and bonus program “Oswald’s Ghost,” PBS).
Television series: “Pioneers of Television: Season 4” (PBS), “The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series” (1972-78, 19-disc set, CBS), “Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series” (1967-68, eight-disc set, CBS), “The Universe: Season 7 – Ancient Mysteries Solved.”
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