January 28, 2011 in Features

Diane Lane key in ‘Secretariat’

Philadelphia Inquirer

Diane Lane and John Malkovich in “Secretariat.”
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Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Conviction,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Let Me In,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,” “The Tillman Story,” “Welcome to the Rileys,” “Mean Girls 2,” “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop”

Feb. 8: “Life as We Know It,” “For Colored Girls,” “You Again,” “I Spit On Your Grave,” “Paranormal Activity 2,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “The Romantics,” “Middle Men” “My Soul to Take,” “Wild Target”

Available this week on DVD:

“Secretariat”: As horse breeder Penny Chenery, Diane Lane elevates Randall Wallace’s workmanlike sports inspirational about the mighty chestnut stallion. (1:58; PG for brief mild language) • • •

“Nowhere Boy”: Don’t pick up Sam Taylor-Wood’s tale of teenage John Lennon (Aaron Johnston), caught in a tug-of-war between his emotionally restrained aunt (Kristin Scott Thomas) and psychologically unhinged mother (Anne-Marie Duff), expecting a Beatles origin story. But do see this piercing coming-of-age tale enlarged by three excellent performances. (1:37; R for language and a scene of sexuality) • • •

“Red”: Bruce Willis drags innocent Mary Louise Parker along for this slapstick CIA action romp full of expensive hardware and cool, glib dialogue. With Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as Willis’ old black ops colleagues. (1:51; PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language) • • 1/2

“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”: The third and draggiest of the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium book trilogy, this is the one that ties up the loose ends, finally bringing justice to the band of pervy old men who have made the punked-out Lisbeth Salander’s life so miserable. For Larsson completists, and Noomi Rapace fans, but not too many others. (2:28; R for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language) • • 1/2

“Saw: The Final Chapter”: A group of Jigsaw survivors rallies around a self-help guru with his own dark secrets in the seventh installment of the horror franchise. (1:31; R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language)

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