Ring of su­per­power

The flood of comic book hero movies such as Green Lan­tern con­tin­ues with this week’s new dvd re­leases.

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AT­EST pi­lot is granted a mys­ti­cal green ring that be­stows him with other­worldly pow­ers, as well as mem­ber­ship into an in­ter­galac­tic squadron tasked with keep­ing peace within the uni­verse.

At the core of Green Lan­tern, star­ring Ryan Reynolds, is the story of how the pi­lot is se­lected and his green ring that can fo­cus all the willpower of the uni­verse. His story is in­ter­est­ing, but it has far too much com­pe­ti­tion in this film.

The film’s at its best when the pi­lot tries to fig­ure out his new pow­ers while de­fend­ing Earth. Tak­ing the story to the dark and dis­mal world of Oa, home to the Guardians who put to­gether the Green Lan­tern Corps, is dis­tract­ing.

The best char­ac­ters are mem­bers of the Green Lan­tern Corps, es­pe­cially Mark Strong as Sine­stro. He plays the role with the kind of power we want to see in our he­roes.

Hor­ri­ble Bosses: Three mis­treated em­ploy­ees hatch a plot to elim­i­nate their bad bosses.

The spot-on comedic work by the six ac­tors – Ja­son Bate­man, Kevin Spacey, Ja­son Sudeikis, Colin Far­rell, Char­lie Day, Jen­nifer Anis­ton – would be rea­son enough to put this on your must-rent list. But there’s more. Di­rec­tor Seth Gor­don ac­cents the com­edy with great sup­port­ing play­ers, pri­mar­ily Jamie Foxx, whose char­ac­ter name can’t be printed. Also, the pac­ing is per­fect and the writ­ing, smart.

Gor­don shows that com­edy can be edgy and raunchy with­out be­ing mean or gross. The re­sult is one of the fun­ni­est films of the year. Also new on DVD this week: The Tree Of Life: The story of a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship be­tween a fa­ther and son. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star.

Tay­lor Swift: Jour­ney To Fear­less: Con­cert film fea­tures the young coun­try singer.

Zookeeper: An­i­mals come to the aid of the zookeeper. Kevin James stars.

Ron White’s Com­edy Salute To The Troops: Com­edy spe­cial star­ring Ron White that in­cludes vis­its with troops.

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.: Com­plete Se­ries Part 1 and Part 2: Ste­fanie Pow­ers stars in this 1960s TV spy se­ries.

Chuck: The Com­plete Fourth Sea­son: Com­puter geek Chuck (Zachary Levi) con­tin­ues to save the world.

Judy Moody And The Not Bum­mer Sum­mer: An imag­i­na­tive young girl cre­ates her own va­ca­tion ad­ven­tures.

Bones: The Com­plete Sixth Sea­son: Emily Deschanel stars in the Fox TV se­ries.

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Shape Ad­ven­ture: Ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme fea­tur­ing Elmo.

Sub­marino: Two es­tranged broth­ers are haunted by a dark se­cret. Christ­mas Lodge: A wish re­unites a fam­ily. Thomas & Friends: Merry Christ­mas, Thomas!: The gang cel­e­brates the magic of Christ­mas.

Jem And The Holo­grams: The Truly Out­ra­geous Com­plete Se­ries!: An­i­mated tales of an all-girl band in the 1980s.

Gift Of The Magi: Strug­gling new­ly­weds look for the per­fect Christ­mas gift.

Bar­ney: A Very Merry Christ­mas – The Movie: Bar­ney and Baby Bop go to Santa’s work­shop.

Call Me Mrs Mir­a­cle: Doris Roberts reprises her role as the wo­man who brings hope for the hol­i­days.

Casper The Friendly Ghost Col­lec­tion: In­cludes all 81 Casper car­toons cre­ated from 1945-1963.

The Chug­ger Cham­pi­onship: Fea­tures the Chug­ging­ton se­ries.

Lu­nop­o­lis: Two doc­u­men­tar­i­ans un­cover proof of a hid­den city on the moon.

The Har­vest (La Cosecha): A look at the lives of the 400,000 Amer­i­can-born chil­dren who pick food.

An­gelina Bal­le­rina: Danc­ing On Ice: An­gelina and friends prac­tise for the big ice show.

Devil’s Play­ground: When an ex­per­i­men­tal new drug treat­ment goes wrong, thou­sands of pa­tients turn into killers. – The Fresno Bee/ MCT In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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