DVD Picks

Atonement (2007)   ***1/2

Rated: R
Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy
An intimate, upper class family drama is played against a vivid panorama of Great Britain during the Second World War.

Young @ Heart (2008)   ***1/2

Rated: PG
Stars: The Young at Heart Chorus
“Staying Alive” takes on new meaning when you’re on the road with this troupe of unusual performers.

Shine A Light (2008)   ***1/2

Rated: PG-13
Stars: The Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy
The Rolling Stones light it up and Scorsese captures it all.

The Visitor (2008)   ***1/2

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Jekesai Gurira
Character and setting – sensitively drawn – permit this important “little film” to make big points about a personal transformation and a social travesty.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)   ***1/2

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Chris Bell, Mark Bell, Mike Bell
A candid look at steroid use in America – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)   ***

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
Can a poor black guy with no education, who happens to be “good with numbers and people,” fulfill his dreams of becoming a successful stock broker?

Definitely, Maybe (2008)   ***

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin
Isn’t it romantic? Yes it is! A fresh approach to romance is both original and captivating.

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)   ***

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams
The lighthearted tale of a middle-aged Cinderella, skillfully told in the style of 1930s madcap comedy, and set in a nostalgically re-created London of that era—what’s not to like?

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)   ***

Rated: PG-13
Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf
Dun-ta-dun-tun . . . Dun-ta-dunnnn . . . Dun-ta-dun-tun . . . Dun-ta-dun! Dun! Dun!