New on DVD & Blu-ray: March 25-31

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “The Wolf of Wall Street”: Let me preface this by saying that I think Martin Scorsese has created some of the greatest films ever to hit the big screen: “Mean Streets,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “Casino” are masterpieces. But his last couple of films […]

Disney, the Beats and the Flu

DREAMSVILLE’S WEEK IN DVD “American Hustle”: Though overlooked at this year’s Oscars, David O. Russell’s film set in the alluring world of high-stakes scams and politics, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early ’80s that ensnared East Coast politicians and congressmen in accepting bribes for political favors, was still […]

Why No Charges for Toyota Criminals?

Why have no criminal charges been brought against Toyota executives who covered up deadly safety defects that caused sudden-acceleration accidents, taking an untold number of lives? The company has admitted it deceived consumers and regulators. According to the FBI: “Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle. The disregard Toyota had for the safety […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: March 11-17

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Inside Llewyn Davis”:The Coen Brothers have a knack for taking a film genre (and time period) and making it their own, from Hollywood satire (“Barton Fink”) to Depression-era social drama (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) to crime thriller (“Blood Simple”) to modern Western (“No Country for Old Men”) to 1960s melodrama […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: March 4-10

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: Even if you’re not a fan of the worldwide phenomenon that is “The Hunger Games,” there’s three very good reasons to see the second of the quartet of films based on the books: the formidable acting talents of Jennifer Lawrence, the presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman […]