December 10, 2010 in Features

DVD releases: A dazzling, but dizzy, noir

Philadelphia Inquirer
Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Despicable Me,” “The A-Team,” “The Other Guys,” “Nanny McPhee Returns,” “Mother and Child,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “Cyrus,” “Micmacs”

Dec. 17: “The Town,” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole”

Dec. 21: “Devil,” “Easy A,” “Salt,” “Step Up 3,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”

Available this week:

“Inception”: Christopher Nolan’s epically silly, overwrought noir stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an international dream thief who enters people’s subconsciouses and messes with their minds. The dazzling visuals, inspired by Escher and Magritte, can’t hide the self-seriousness of it all, and the Freud for Dummies dialogue doesn’t help, either. (2:28; PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout) • • 1/2

“Shrek Forever After”: The third sequel in the behemoth DreamWorks Animation franchise opts for an “alternate reality” scenario that undoes most of the previous films, and introduces a mad Rumpelstiltskin and a band of witches into the proceedings. Medi-ogre at best. (1:33; PG for rude humor and language) • •   1/2

“Restrepo”: Acclaimed documentary follows a year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (1:36; R for language including descriptions of violence)

Also available: “LennoNYC,” “Prayers for Bobby”

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