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PICK OF THE WEEK:
Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges won a well-deserved, long-deserved Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country music star Bad Blake. While the movie is your typical independent character drama, Bridges and co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell elevate the material with their acting. The music, produced by O Brother's T. Bone Burnett, is also great.
Avatar. Just in time for Earth Day, Fox is releasing this bare bones edition of the Highest Grossing Movie of All Time. This would normally be the pick of the week, but Fox is being greedy, knowing full well that those who love Avatar will shell out for it twice when the inevitable deluxe four-disc special edition arrives in time for the holidays. I'd wait for that one if you plan to purchase, otherwise rent away.
The Young Victoria. Emily Blunt in a period piece. I like Blunt, but if you've seen The Duchess, Marie Antoinette, Barry Lyndon, or any number of other similar flicks, then you've probably seen it all before.
The Lovely Bones. An epic misfire from the normally reliable Peter Jackson. It's a total cliche by now, but the book (by Alice Sebold) was way better. The movie is ungainly, insufferable, and, thanks to all that corny afterlife CGI, hugely disappointing. Jackson is a talented director, but you'd never guess it from this mess.
NEW TO BLU:
Minority Report. One of Steven Spielberg's best. A brainy blockbuster with flawless special effects, a pitch-perfect Tom Cruise in the lead role, and spectacular action sequences and cinematography. A must own on Blu-Ray.