The Good Life

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DVD Spotlight: Oct. 15 - Oct. 21

Brief capsules on recently released DVDs worth renting.

By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic

Dir. Greg Mottola
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

In this down-to-earth, coming-of-age comedy, Mottola ("Superbad") draws fine performances from a hot, in-demand cast and authentically evokes 1980s adolescence. Set amidst the backdrop of a zany theme park, the film boasts a youthful accuracy and honesty -- as well as a killer soundtrack -- that's inspired well-deserved comparisons to "Dazed and Confused." The down side? It's only mildly funny.

Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring Paulina Gaitan, Diana Garcia

Attempting to flee to America with her father and uncle, a young Latin American girl faces danger and emotional turmoil when she becomes involved with an on-the-run gang member. The story is absorbing and the photography is wonderfully atmospheric, with much of the action taking place on a moving train.

Dir. Sam Raimi
Starring Alison Lohman

Director Raimi returns to form with this thrill-a-second fun ride, a devilish blend of genuine scares, shocks and laughs. In the tradition of "Scream" and Raimi's own "Evil Dead" trilogy, it's a horror flick that delivers the goods but never takes itself too seriously. Lohman is dead-on as the cursed heroine.


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