The Good Life

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Home Video Spotlight: June 17 - 24

Brief capsules on new movies worth renting.

By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic


Leonardo DiCaprio gets in front of the camera once again for director Martin Scorsese, who turns this typically twisty thriller into a creepy work of art. Beautiful to watch and fun to follow, "Shutter Island" boasts an incredible supporting cast, with terrific turns from Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow and the great Patricia Clarkson. (Available now)


Esteemed thesps Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer both received Oscar nominations for their work in this classy account of the tumultuous final years in the life of Leo Tolstoy. Directed by Michael Hoffman, "The Last Station" is both dramatic and humorous, with supporting performances from James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon. (Available June 22


Four guys (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke) attempt a fun weekend at a run-down mountaintop hot spot, only to wind up back in the 1980s. Shrewdly written and assuredly directed by Steve Pink, "Hot Tub" is a blast of a high-concept comedy, with plenty of retro style and LOL moments. Look for cameos from 80s icons like Crispin Clover, Chevy Chase and the blonde bully from "The Karate Kid." (Available June 29)


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