Wholesome family fare
THIS week’s new DVD releases offer something for both young and old. Ramona And Beezus: Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby must deal with an imaginative younger sister. Selena Gomez stars.
Joey King is the perfect pick as Ramona Quimby in the new family-friendly film based on Beverly Cleary’s books. Someone should hurry up and invent a time-freezing machine so Joey can stay this age for future projects.
The screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay throws out a host of emotional challenges for Joey, from major family disasters to one of the worst school picture days in history.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: Michael Cera plays a musician who must defeat the seven evil boyfriends of the object of his affection.
This isn’t your standard film adaptation of a comic book. Director Edgar Wright mixes in bits from the physics-defying world of video games with the panelled construction comic books to create a unique and eyepopping experience.
The topper is the angry musical soundtrack that accents the film perfectly. Wright even uses music as a weapon of mass destruction.
Men Of A Certain Age – The Complete First Season: The cable series from Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano, looks at three average guys who wonder if their lives have been well spent. The focus is on males around the age of 50 but should appeal to people of all ages because of the first-rate cast and smart writing.
Certain Age works because of the honest dialogue between these men. They don’t suddenly know the meaning of life, but struggle just to get through another day. Those struggles are both funny and poignant. Also on DVD: Dr Who: The Complete Fifth Series: Matt Smith proves a worthy heir for the iconic sci-fi role.
Locked Down: Vinnie Jones stars in this prison action movie.
Damned By Dawn: A family reunion goes bad when the undead show up.
Car Bomb: The documentary looks at the history of car bombs.
thirtysomething: The Final Season: The set includes all 23 episodes from the TV series.
Grown Ups: Old friends reunite for a weekend vacation. Adam Sandler stars.
Charlie St. Cloud: A young man deals with the death of his younger brother.
Three And Out: Death gives two men a new lease on life in this dark comedy. Colm Meaney stars.
Hell’s Kitchen: The Complete Fourth Season: You can own a full season of Gordon Ramsay’s rants.
Californication: The Third Season: David Duchovny stars