New this Week: ‘Rango,’ ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ and ‘127 Hours (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Adjustment Bureau – Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson
Beastly – Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen
Rango – (voices of) Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
Take Me Home Tonight – Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler

Movie of the Week

Rango

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
The Plot: A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero (Depp) finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.
The Buzz: Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribean Trilogy, The Ring) takes a swash at his first animated feature. I thought the trailer for this film was excellent — Rango looks to be visually stunning, narratively engaging, and comically amusing. Verbinski’s adventure-film stripes are well earned — he knows his way around the genre — and this looks to be a strong addition to his filmography. I have a feeling this will be a really great film, and I’m a little surprised that Rango‘s marketing wasn’t a little louder.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

127 Hours (BD/DVD) – James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
Bambi (BD/DVD) – Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey
A Beautiful Life (DVD) – Debi Mazar, Dana Delany, Ling Bai
The Bleeding (DVD) – Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen, Armand Assante
Burlesque (BD/DVD) – Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming
The Cable Guy (BD) – Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann
Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (BD/DVD) – Donald Sutherland, Rodolfo Coria
Faster (BD/DVD) – Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace
I Clowns (BD) – Federico Fellini, Riccardo Billi, Tino Scotti
If Tomorrow Comes (BD) – Madolyn Smith Osborne, Tom Berenger, David Keith
Love and Other Drugs (BD/DVD) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer
Out of Sight (BD) – George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (BD) – Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

127 Hours

The Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
The Plot: A mountain climber (Franco) becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
The Buzz: I honestly have never felt more happy to be alive than I did after first seeing this film. With the closing credits completed, I walked out of the Oriental Theatre with an extra bounce in my step. I inhaled deeply the cold nighttime air, and proceeded onwards with a potent infusion of giddy optimism. This film had fostered warm thoughts in me, warm thoughts about the beauty and preciousness and fragility of life, and warm thoughts towards my fellow man — an “all in this together” mantra bounced around in my happy head.

In light of the preceding communique, I’d conclude that this film is certainly a “must see.”

Danny Boyle rocks!

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