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If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
You may think that people who have Down syndrome (DS) aren’t capable of the same things as you. That may be the biggest misconception out there about the condition, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21.
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:
Good news: The kids are in bed at a decent hour. Bad news: It’s getting darker earlier. Good news: There’s a refreshing crispness in the air. Bad news: The rainy chill of autumn has arrived. Good news: Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum have been locked up until next summer. Bad news: George Clooney and Michael Fassbender haven’t been let out yet. Good news: There are some outstanding films to watch at home. Bad news: There are some that are so appalling, you will wonder why no one warned you. Well, consider yourself warned...
If the theater selections seem grim, don’t lose hope. There are some colorful options available to watch from the comfort of your own home.
Film critics are calling this the 'Summer of the Bomb.' I’m not sure studios have ever had so many box office flops in one season. Audiences are telling Hollywood in no uncertain terms that it’s going to take more than an A-list star and a hundred-million-dollar budget to sell tickets. So, if Channing Tatum in a wife-beater or Johnny Depp in war paint doesn't get you excited, I’m sorry to say I have good news and bad news on the home front. Here are some interesting rentals and some I wouldn't watch if I were tied to the chair.
If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend an evening, might I suggest avoiding the cineplex. There are a few worth seeing that you can watch from the comfort of your home. Here’s what’s out:
If you are not in the mood for car chases, gun battles, nuclear threats or absurd premises, then I suggest you stay home and rent Silver Linings Playbook. When a Tom Cruise-driven, alien-invasion, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it extravaganza grosses $5 million opening weekend, you know there are some movies out there resetting the bar. So if you are craving salty snacks, an overpriced soda and some state-of-the-art computer-generated imaging, you won’t be disappointed…And, action!
With hit TV show, The Biggest Loser, bestselling books and 1.6 million people visiting her weight loss website each month, Jillian Michaels has become one of the nation’s most popular experts on healthy eating, exercise and leading an exceptional life. Now, she is sharing her success secrets with audiences across the country through her Maximize Your Life tour, a live show coming May 11 to the Fox Theatre. LN recently spoke with Michaels about her personal health journey and her upcoming show, which aims to help people kickstart their life and fitness goals and achieve health and happiness.
Well, it’s another B- week at the movies. If you’ve checked all the Oscar nominated films off your list, and you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen and Oz the Great and Powerful, it might be a good weekend to park on your couch. Here are some options:
OK. If your Oscar checklist is complete, and you are nauseated by the options at the cineplex—as well you should be—there is a silver lining. Not Silver Linings Playbook yet, but you have options. There are some great DVDs that came out this week, so if you want to stay in and hunker down with a good movie, these are my suggestions:
After the weekend I’ve had at the cineplex, I can say with confidence that unless you’ve got any of the Oscar winners you need to check off your list, stay home and download a movie. Here are some suggestions:
If you’re waiting for the Skyfall line at the box office to die down, here’s what's hot on DVD
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Well, Oscar season may be just around the corner, but it’s not here yet. So if you aren’t in the mood for a car chase or see a bunch of stuff get blown up, I suggest you avoid the Cineplex this month. The bad news: Yes, it’s the standard pabulum or sequels and remakes. The good news: Some of them look awesome.
For those of you who haven’t already taken your summer vacation, you still have time before school starts. Vacations, especially long car trips, with small children can cause anxiety for parents. I’ve experienced this first-hand—as I’m sure many of you have, as well, though I admit there were far fewer electronic devices for my children. For those of you who are new to the game and unsure of the best way to prepare for traveling with your little ones, here are a few suggestions:
Technology is always evolving, and the gadgets and gear that control the sights and sounds of your home are no exception. Whether you need a system upgrade or plan to start from scratch, there are plenty of options to consider.
For those who enjoy the finer things in life, a luxury sedan is a great way to get around. Modern luxury cars offer unprecedented levels of comfort, convenience and technology, all wrapped up in an attractive package.
If you are more in the mood to stay home and download a movie or update your Netflix queue, here are some ideas:
Let’s not beat around the bush here: With four theatrical releases and three straight-to-DVD movies, I think it’s safe to say they have squeezed every last drop of comedy juice out of this franchise. Is this movie funny? Yes, actually it is. Is it original? No. Even with ample opportunity to mine for fresh comedy in the characters’ new places in life, the writers instead stick with the old tried-and-true. Hey, if it’s not broken…
There are some great rental options out right now if you’re not in the mood to fight the crowds at the Cineplex. Here’s what I recommend:
My son struggled with his math homework the other night: The cost of two televisions and three DVD players is $1,421. The cost of one DVD player is half the cost of one television. What is the cost of one television? After 15 minutes of deliberation and a trial-and-error algebraic approach, I solved the problem. The next day, my fourth grade child came home with a much simpler solution using ‘the new math.’
Story: Charles Strickland has been accused of raping a young black woman, and is in need of a defense attorney. He’s already severed connections with a well-known barrister named Goldstein, although who terminated the relationship is in dispute. Now, the wealthy white businessman arrives at the law firm of Brown & Lawson, which is run by the tandem of Jack Lawson, who is white, and Henry Brown, his black partner. They’re assisted by Susan, a young black paralegal who was hired by Jack over Henry’s objections.
Though it may not be the coolest ride around, the venerable minivan is the most efficient, most comfortable and most affordable way to move large numbers of people, or even large quantities of stuff.
Dragon Tattoo too violent? Mission Impossible lack substance? Already seen The Artist? This weekend might be a good week to stay in with a rental. Here’s what’s new: