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New this Week: 'The Tourist,' 'The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader' and 'Inception (DVD)'

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley The Tourist - Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany

Movie of the Week

The Tourist

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany The Plot: An American tourist (Depp) finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent (Jolie) uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal. The Buzz: I'm having a hard time answering the following question: who would I rather spend a day with, Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie? Sure, change the "day" to "night" and the situation would be simplified by hormonal trappings -- but in all seriousness, these are two of the most alluring, charismatic, iconic "beautiful people" working in Hollywood today. Depp is mystifyingly cool, and a brilliant actor. I feel Jolie is about twelve steps below Depp in acting prowess, but she's just so dang beautiful, and to an exponential degree -- and in the end, that's all she really needs. She's a good enough actress to float by on her otherworldly confidence (instilled perhaps by her otherworldly beauty?). So, I would obviously love to spend a day with Angelina, but Johnny Depp's charisma is such a force to be reckoned with, and therein lies the conflict. Do I choose to hang out with an unattainable goddess of pure beauty, or to hang out with the categorically coolest actor this side of Mars? Tough call, certainly -- and I'm not going to be able to come up with an answer.

Fortunately, The Tourist comes out this Friday, and we'll all be able to spend a couple hours together with Depp and Jolie.

I must say, based on this film's trailer, I think it all looks like a really fun time. I love Depp's portrayal of soft nerdiness, his character's wavy hair, and his general essence of "wilting flower." Jolie looks amazing, enough said there. The cinematography and filming locations look great, and the Muse song featured in the trailer got me pumped up to no end. Whether or not that song is used in the actual film matters little, as either way, I'm really excited to see this one.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

Absence of Malice - Paul Newman, Sally Field Alice In Wonderland (Four-Disc Combo: BD 3D/BD/DVD/Digital Copy) - Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter Cronos: The Criterion Collection (BD/DVD) - Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook A Dog Year - Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith The Fisher King - Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams Inception (BD/DVD) - Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard Lost in Translation (BD) - Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi Restrepo (BD/DVD) - Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger Rush Hour (BD) - Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker Shrek Forever After (BD/DVD) - Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set (BD/DVD) - Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy St. Elmo's Fire - Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez Videodrome: The Criterion Collection (BD) - James Woods, Deborah Harry

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

Inception (DVD)

The Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard The Plot: In a world where the technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief (DiCaprio) is given a final chance at redemption. The Buzz: I'm having a hard time answering the following question: who would I rather spend a day with -- no, only kidding. Leonardo DiCaprio is on a career tear. I cannot believe how expertly he has developed into this generation's cutting-edge leading man. He delivers and he delivers and he delivers. I was about to start listing off his roles/films that I've loved him in, but such would have exceeded my word limit (strictly enforced by taskmaster Jeff Bayer -- no, only kidding again). But it's true, listing off Leo's great roles would take quite some time, so instead, why don't you take a trip over to imdb.com to refresh your memory. He did a phenomenal job in this film, as one must now come to expect.

I thought Inception was an incredible film, not just in Leo's excellent performance, but on every level. Marion Cotillard blew me away, and the general idea behind the film was fascinating. Hans Zimmer's score was perfect. I saw it twice in the theater, and I can say that I enjoyed it even more the second time through.  That said, I'm very excited to see it again, and I'm looking forward to checking out the extra features included in it's disc release as well.

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