New on DVD & Blu-ray: Aug. 27-Sept. 2

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: The highlight of the week is definitely “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s brilliant take on the novel that most everyone (from literary critics to Hollywood scions) said couldn’t be made into a film (two abortive attempts preceded this one: 1974’s version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and a 1949 version […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Aug. 20-26

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: Amour: This startlingly warm, honest, loving and eventually heart-wrenching drama by Michael Haneke (“The Piano Teacher,” “Cache” and “The White Ribbon”) stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as octogenarians Georges and Anne, retired music teachers whose daughter (Isabelle Huppert) lives abroad with her family. When Anne suffers a stroke and is […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Aug. 13-19

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Olympus Has Fallen”: This is the way 21st century action-adventure-thrillers should be made — with real flesh and blood heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to save the day — no G.I. Jerks or Marble-headed Avengers here — aided and abetted by great special effects, fast-paced editing […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Aug. 6-12

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Mud”: Is Jeff Nichols a modern-day filmic Mark Twain? Based on this film and his previous outing, “Take Shelter,” the young director is a storyteller — and creator — par excel lance of the American myth. In this tall tale set in the South, best friends Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: July 30-Aug. 5

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”: You really have to be a “G.I. Joe” fan to appreciate this tangled mess of a movie. The sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” scored more than $122 million at the boxoffice, so — having missed the original — I settled down to what I […]