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McConaughey compelling in ‘Lincoln’

Fri., July 15, 2011, midnight

Available this week on DVD:

“The Lincoln Lawyer”: Matthew McConaughey keeps his shirt on and is surprisingly good as the bottom-feeder attorney in this twisty, cleverly plotted thriller based on the crime novel by Michael Connelly. With Ryan Phillippe, Wiliam H. Macy, Marisa Tomei and Bryan Cranston. (1:59; R for some violence, sexual content and language) • • •

“Rango”: That acting chameleon Johnny Depp gives voice to one in Gore Verbinski’s off-center animated Western that’s a mashup of “Chinatown” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” A film for movie geeks and those who enjoy watching Depp role-play around. (1:47; PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking) • • 1/2

“Arthur”: Russell Brand is thoroughly enjoyable as the inebriated playboy in this faithful remake of Dudley Moore’s 1981 comedy, with Helen Mirren. Laughs galore until the film and its protagonist get sober. (1:50; PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references) • • 1/2

“Insidious”: From the writing/directing team behind the grisly “Saw” comes this far more rarefied and atmospheric scare pic. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are the handsome couple who move into a house with their son and newborn, only to discover that something is terribly, eerily amiss. Ominously whooshing ceiling fans and a visit from a bunch of ghost-busting nerds ensue. (1:42; PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language) • • 1/2


 

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