New this Week: ‘The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,’ ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Midnight in Paris (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn - Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Black Gold
(limited) - Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas
The Darkest Hour - Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer
War Horse - Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
We Bought a Zoo
- Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church

Movie of the Week

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

The Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
The Plot: Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.
The Buzz: One of two Spielberg films in release this weekend (War Horse being the other). I’m not too crazy about the animation, but the story looks intriguing, and as it is a Spielberg vehicle, the general production promises to impress. Some of the trailer reminded me of Playstation’s Uncharted franchise. All things considered, this looks to be a fun, family-friendly adventure film.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

A Farewell to Arms [Kino Classics Edition] (BD/DVD) - Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes
Blackthorn (BD/DVD)
- Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea
Burke and Hare (DVD) - Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley
Catch .44 (BD/DVD) - Malin Akerman, Reila Aphrodite, Kevin Beard
Colombiana (BD/DVD) - Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue
Dolphin Tale (BD/DVD) - Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.
Glee: The Concert Movie (BD/DVD) - Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele
Margin Call (BD/DVD) - Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey
Midnight in Paris (BD/DVD) - Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Nothing Sacred [Kino Classics Edition] (BD/DVD) - Carole Lombard, Fredric March
Stay Cool (DVD) - Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin
Straw Dogs (BD/DVD) - James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård
The Tempest (DVD) - Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou
Toast (DVD) - Freddie Highmore, Victoria Hamilton, Colin Prockter
Underworld: Trilogy (BD) - Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen
Warrior (BD/DVD) - Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

Midnight in Paris

The Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
The Plot: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
The Buzz: Apparently, this week is Prolific Director Week. When it’s all said and done, Woody Allen may go down in history as the industry’s most prolific director (it all depends on his life expectancy). His nearly flawless “one film per year” stretches back almost four decades. Midnight in Paris was his first “box office smash.” OK, $56 million might not sound like a mega-hit, but considering it’s a Woody Allen film, an art-house comedy, that’s a very impressive box office take. Forty-six films in the tank, and it was this, his forty-sixth, that made the biggest box office impact of his career. I find that a bit peculiar. I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris, but I am surprised that it’s his highest grossing film. I imagine it was Owen Wilson’s performance and general presence that won the day here — I can see that for sure. Wilson is very likable, and it was fun to see him work with such a great script. Woody Allen is a peerless writer. I look forward to seeing this film again on DVD. Very funny and heartfelt — a unique premise full of Allen’s typical profound/comedic commentary.

I’ll leave you with an interesting side note here: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) is the second highest grossing film of Woody Allen’s career to date ($40 million).

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