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DVD previews for this week

“Bad Words” (R, 88 minutes, Universal): Lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays this despicable misanthrope, which might explain why, despite Guy’s over-the-top flaws, he’s still worth watching. And maybe there’s some justification for his behavior. Guy explains in a voice-over at the start of the movie that this is all part of a revenge plot, and while “Bad Words” is no “The Count of Monte Cristo,” Bateman’s feature directorial debut is a crafty story with some unpredictable turns. Guy’s mysterious motives are the engine that propels the movie through some truly twisted comedy. Contains crude and sexual content, language, children drinking alcohol and brief nudity.

“Le Week-End” (R, 93 minutes, Music Box Films): In an attempt to rekindle their 30-year marriage, British college philosophy professor Nick (Jim Broadbent) and school teacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) arrive in Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old buddy Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a Paris-based American academic, adds a twist to the couple’s tryst. This British-French production possesses wintry, hard-gained wisdom, as Meg and Nick’s sojourn reignites youthful passions on the one hand, and years of accumulated resentments and regrets on the other. Contains profanity and some sexual content.

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” (PG-13, 90 minutes, Sony): With “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” filmmaker Frank Pavich makes an impassioned and relatively convincing case that the film in question – an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel by the avant garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky – might be the greatest movie never made. Unlike its subject, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” is surprisingly conventional as a documentary; it resorts to a wearying number of talking heads to relate a story that turns out to be as cautionary as it is compelling. None of the film’s narrators is as captivating as Jodorowsky himself, who at 85 still exudes youthful, contagious exuberance and undaunted belief. Contains some violent and sexual images and drug references.

Also: “The Raid 2” (sequel to the Indonesian action gangster film, in Indonesian, Japanese and English with subtitles, Sony), “Don Peyote” (Dan Fogler is co-director and star of this stoner comedy that also features cameos from Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace and others, XLrator Media), “Wings: Sky Force Heroes” (DOVE-approved animated family adventure, with vocal talents of Josh Duhamel, Rob Schneider, Hilary Duff, Dallas Lovato and others, Lionsgate), “Watermark” (award-winning documentary on the global status of water as a natural resource, Entertainment One), “Dead Drop” (spy thriller starring Luke Goss, Lionsgate), “Dear Viola,” “Red River” (1948, Howard Hawks classic western, The Criterion Collection), “How It All Began: Origins of Master Mantak Chia” (documentary), “Stage Fright” (a killer who hates musical theater terrorizes a musical theater camp), “Kid Cannabis,” “Rigor Mortis” (Hong Kong), “Hunting the Legend: The Search Continues for Sasquatch” and “French for Kids: On Va Jouer (Let’s Play).”