June 10, 2011 in Features

‘True Grit’ offers new adventure

Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Red Riding Hood,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Hall Pass,” “Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son”

June 21: “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Unknown,” “The Eagle”

Available this week on DVD:

“True Grit”: The Coen brothers adapt Charles Portis’ novel about a plucky girl who hires a bounty hunter to collect her father’s killer and rides on the hunt herself, determined to see things right. With Jeff Bridges as the one-eyed, boozy gunslinger Rooster Cogburn, Matt Damon as a comically fussy Texas Ranger, Josh Brolin as the villain and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as the impossibly composed and gumptious 14-year-old heroine. (1:50; PG-13 for some intense sequences of Western violence including disturbing images) • • •   1/2

“The Company Men”: John Wells’ intelligent, involving film about the effects of corporate layoffs on an executive (Tommy Lee Jones), a middle manager (Chris Cooper) and a salesman (Ben Affleck) at a Boston shipbuilding conglomerate. Kevin Costner is excellent as the film’s stealth hero, a blue-collar guy initially contemptuous of those who have resumes instead of tangible skills. (1:53; R for language and brief nudity) • • •

“Another Year”: Mike Leigh’s meditation on why some people chase happiness and others radiate it takes the form of four seasons in the life of a couple for all seasons, shaggily played by Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen. (2:09; PG-13 for some language) • • • 1/2

“Sanctum”: An elimination-round spelunking nightmare, shot with James Cameron’s “Avatar” cameras and set in “the mother of all caves” in Papua New Guinea. Trapped underwater in an unexplored cave system, a band of hardy adventurers face one daunting disaster after another. With a cast of Aussies and Brits – two-dimensional cutouts in a 3-D tableau. (1:43; R for language, some violence and disturbing images) • • 1/2

“Just Go With It”: A perfect storm (although “perfect” is definitely the wrong word) of potty jokes, sex jokes, breast implant jokes, bratty kid jokes and sheep CPR jokes, starring Adam Sandler as a womanizing plastic surgeon, Jennifer Aniston as his longtime assistant and Brooklyn Decker as the hottie he thinks he’s fallen for. Cheap laughs and Hawaiian backdrops. (1:50; PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language) • •


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