An Oscar contender and a Twilight star’s breakout role come home on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, along with a few films that had limited theatrical release and hope to find an audience on home video. George Clooney’s The Ides of March is the week’s best bet. But, Abduction, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and Dirty Girl should each find their niche now that they’re out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The Ides of March: George Clooney’s directorial triumph comes home on DVD and Blu-Ray, allowing millions more to have a chance to see it. That should only help its Oscar chances. Nominated for a slew of Golden Globe Awards and now BAFTAs, Clooney’s masterwork is as good on the small screen as it is on the big screen. Clooney plays a flawed Pennsylvania governor who appears to be a lock for the Democratic nomination for president. Ryan Gosling steals the movie as his aid who has more passion for what’s right than is the norm in national politics and it comes back to hurt him. Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright co-star in a movie that makes politics thrilling.
Abduction: Taylor Lautner busts out of his Twilight-Jacob mode as a teen that discovers his face on a missing person’s site. When he identifies himself to the website, all hell breaks loose, including the deaths of who he perceives to be his parents. It is not the greatest thriller ever made, but teens who adore Lautner will enjoy the ride. Sigourney Weaver, Lily Collins and Alfred Molina co-star.
Dirty Girl: A charming coming-of-age flick that features a star-making turn for its lead, Juno Temple. Filmmaker Abe Sylvia has taken a real-life experience from his youth in Oklahoma and brought it to life onscreen with just the right amount of heart. The film takes place in 1987 and features a fantastic soundtrack of that era’s biggest hits. Dirty Girl only saw a limited theatrical release and should find its audience with the release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Bucky Larson Born to be a Star: Nick Swardson stars as a Midwestern twenty-something who, on one fateful night, learns that his parents were porn stars in the 1970s. Finally feeling his life has meaning, he heads to Los Angeles to follow in their famous footsteps. The film is from Adam Sandler and features a cast of his regulars, including Norm MacDonald. We thought it was funny, some did not… but you can judge for yourself now that it’s out on home video.
Killing Bono: The film is based on the real-life story of what happened when two brothers decided to form their own band while their good chums created U2. A cute little film that also will find a wider audience on Blu-Ray and DVD.