New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Sopranos' Creator's First Movie, Streisand's 'Guilt Trip,' an Oscar Winner and More

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Sopranos' Creator's First Movie, Streisand's 'Guilt Trip,' an Oscar Winner and More

Apr 30, 2013

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Silver Linings Playbook has fallen into that level of buzz where if you say the movie is merely okay, people think you're tearing it to shreds. It's got good performances and a feel-good ending, but it also has a pretty narrow story with no surprises and no hard choices. It's an okay movie, and that's okay. 

If you're interested in a movie about family dynamics, personal problems, and navigating life that's a bit more challenging and doesn't always take the crowd-pleasing route, and that has a bit more personality to its step, check out Not Fade Away, the directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase. It's about a young man in the 1960s who dreams of being a rock star. If you grew up in the age, it may hit closer to home. But even without any firsthand experience of life during the birth of rock and roll or the shadow of Vietnam, it still offers a heartfelt perspective on that moment in everyone's life when they think they've got the world figured out. The reality is we're all just drifting along together. It's got some great performances (John Magaro, in particular, shines as the film's foundation), some really great tunes, and a few heartbreaks along the way. 

Back on the safe, feel-good route there's the Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip, which is a movie that seems like it's custom-built to appeal directly to mothers who think their children should call more. It's actually not a bad little road trip movie, with Streisand and Rogen having a nice interplay amidst a story about rediscovering the relationships that matter in life.

Also out this week, the generic Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe thriller Broken City and the exact opposite of a generic thriller: the insanely passionate labor of love that is Manborg, a throwback to straight-to-VHS movies of the late '80s and early '90s. If you like sci-fi movies that came in giant clamshell cases with amazing cover art, you're going to want to pick this last one up.

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