Here's a look at what's coming out on BluRay, DVD, and VOD today.
The Duplass Brothers closed the 2010 film festival with the hilarious comedy Cyrus. With their latest, starring Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon and Ed Helms, they dip another toe into the mainstream to mixed, but mostly enjoyable results. Segel plays a basement-dwelling, thirty-something slacker who believes that M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs contains the key to order in the universe. If you just pay attention to the so-called coincidences in life, you’ll eventually find your destiny. When his mother (Sarandon) sends him on an errand, he believes he’s heading on a journey that will change his life forever. And it might. It’s worth a rental fee. Metacritic Score: 60
Brian Crano’s debut screened in the New Directors competition at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival (and features a cover quote from Variety writer Joe Leydon, who reviewed the film here). The story follows Ben and Alan who twenty-something slackers who are content to remain so (yesterday’s theme, Virginia Woolf; today’s theme, slackers) . They’ll do anything legal (or otherwise) to maintain their lazy lifestyle, that is until a harried single mother (Carrie Preston, whom you all love from this past festival) and her 12-year-old son arrive next door. To give away too much more plot is to take pleasure away from viewing the movie. Crano balances the comedy with the drama rather well and Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig work well together as the pair of losers that you kinda like even though you shouldn’t. Metacritc Score: 50
Also out on DVD/BluRay/VOD this week:
Wanderlust, starring Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston as a Manhattan couple who makes their way to a commune where hijinks ensue. Metacritc Score: 53
Project X, about three high school students who plan to make a name for themselves by throwing the biggest party ever. Hijinks ensue. Metacritc Score: 48
Big Miracle, starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore as a reporter and his Greenpeace-member ex-girlfriend who embark on a journey to save a family of grey whales trapped by rapidly forming ice. It’s obviously set in the 80’s when ice still formed in the Arctic and when Sarah Palin was a TV reporter in Alaska. Apparently, she has a cameo in the film. Metacritc Score: 61
What do you plan on watching this week?