It seems Oscar is taking a nap this week, so it might be a good time to hit the couch with a good download. Here are the new releases and top rentals:
Perennial favorites Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as low-tech, out-of-work men who take unpaid internships at Google. Technologically inept, socially adept forty-something men in a world of socially awkward whiz kids. It’s worth a rental, if not a trip to the cinema.
World War Z
The one and only big action hit of the summer. Brad Pitt stars as a skilled civilian fighting the zombie apocalypse. It’s just a really good movie.
The Great Gatsby
This latest incarnation of the Fitzgerald novel will either be on your top 10 list or your hit list. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star. This film definitely benefits from the big screen as the big-budget glamor masks much of the script’s flaws.
This is the End
This apocalypse comedy is lurid and lowbrow and pedestrian. It is also extremely funny. Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill play themselves. They become trapped at a celebrity party as the world collapses outside.
This is the third installment of director Richard Linklater’s romantic tale of love and chance encounter. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who continue the story started in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
The Way Way Back
This film is proving to be the little movie that could, staying in theaters far longer than expected, mainly due to word-of-mouth. This funny and touching coming-of-age tale stars Steve Carell and Toni Collette.
Now You See Me
If you missed it in theaters, this is a great rainy night rental. A group of ace magicians are hired to steal from the rich and give to the poor while a mysterious puppet master lurks in the shadows and executes a devious master plan.