This week: Angelina Jolie
goes Jason Bourne on us, Gordon Gekko is back and greedier than ever, M. Night Shyamalan
pens another stinker and more.
Salt: "Who is Salt?" asked the billboards all over the country. The answer: a sexier (sorry, Matt Damon) and equally unstable Jason Bourne. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: Oliver Stone finally makes a sequel to his award-winning Wall Street 23 years later that is perfectly timed to the country's recent financial collapse. The film picks up the action as shamed corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is released from prison. Although the movie feels a little long and won't endear itself to viewers that weren't interested in the original, Wall Street fans will love seeing Gekko up to his old tricks again and savor him coming face to face with original star Charlie Sheen, who makes a cameo. As wealthy young Wall Street hotshot Jake Shia LaBeouf sells it, despite looking a little young to be a seasoned Wall Street type. If there is a weak link to be found it is pixieish Carey Mulligan as Gekko’s daughter who shifts so fast between giggly little girl and jaded journalist you'll get whiplash. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by Stone and interviews with Stone and the cast; the BD adds a five-part feature on the challenges and changes that have impacted our economic climate over the past few decades, deleted and extended scenes, and a "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With" special with the stars. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Devil: M. Night Shyamalan wrote this yarn about five strangers (three men and two women) who become trapped together in an elevator in a Philadelphia skyscraper. While a superstitious security guard and his partner try to figure out what is going on in the elevator, a policeman investigates a suicide that may have happened at the same time in the building. Lights flicker, people scream and, one by one, the people in the elevator are killed until there are only two left. Which one is the Devil? Brace yourself for another groan-inducing twist, which is what we've come to expect from patented Shyamalan schlock like this. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The Story," "The Devil's Meeting" and "The Night Chronicles." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Easy A: Like the cover art says, "Easy A is a comedy about a good girl, a small favor and a big rumor." Emma Stone plays "good girl" Olive, who blends into the background at school until she starts a rumor that she slept with a college guy, provoking the ire/envy of her female classmates and boy classmates to pay her to lie that she's had sex with them. Easy A owes a debt to myriad other teen comedies, but this is a real breakout moment for the funny, engaging and underrated Stone. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by Stone and director Will Gluck, "Emma Stone's Webcam Audition Footage" and a gag reel; the BD adds a pop-up trivia track, a making-of featurette, "The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the '80s" and "Vocabulary of Hilarity." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: Family Guy: It's a Trap!, Futurama: Volume 5, Step Up 3, Caprica: Season 1.5, The Films of Rita Hayworth, The Matador (Blu-ray) and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus