New on DVD: 'Brave'
Posted November 15, 2012
The Disney/Pixar animated feature Brave is this week's platinum pick on DVD.
2012, Pixar/Disney, PG, $30; Blu-ray, $40
In Scotland, a bow-slinging princess' determination to follow her own path and avoid an arranged marriage leads to disaster for her family in this computer-animated fantasy film. In order to save her family, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) has to solve a riddle and make amends with her mother (Emma Thompson) to keep a witch's curse from becoming irreversible.
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says * * * out of four: "Brave and its plucky crimson-haired heroine Merida — a veritable Olympics-caliber archer — hit another bull's-eye in the Pixar animation canon."
2012, Universal, R/unrated, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $35
Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben's (Aaron Johnson) wealthy lifestyle as primo weed growers is interrupted when a Mexican cartel enforcer (Benicio del Toro) tries to muscle in. They refuse his partnership offer, so he kidnaps their mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively). With the help of a corrupt fed (John Travolta), they wage a violent campaign to get her back. Salma Hayek also stars and Oliver Stone directs. Puig: * *
2012, Fox, R, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $40
Ben Stiller stars as a manager of a Costco store in a small Ohio town who forms a neighborhood watch after the store's security guard is killed mysteriously. He's joined by Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade on patrol, but they don't take it seriously until they stumble across an alien plot to invade Earth. Puig: * *
2 Days in New York
2012, Magnolia, R, $27; Blu-ray, $30
French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy) lives with her talk-radio-host boyfriend (Chris Rock), but their relationship is tested with the arrival of her father, sister and sister's boyfriend on vacation from France. The visitors' unvarnished views on sex, race and other topics make for one long, uncomfortable weekend.
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