October 7, 2011 in Features

‘Fast Five’ takes a wild ride

Philadelphia Inquirer

Vin Diesel, left, and Paul Walker star in “Fast Five.”
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Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Green Lantern,” “Horrible Bosses,” “The Tree of Life,” “Zookeeper,” “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Leap Year”

Oct. 18: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Bad Teacher,” “Monte Carlo,” “Red State,” “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” “Page One: Inside The New York Times”

Available this week on DVD:

“Fast Five”: Defying laws of physics, laws of acting and the law of diminishing returns, the fourth sequel in the “Fast and Furious” franchise delivers a ridiculously fun mix of motorized macho mayhem and multicultural bonding. With vintage muscle cars and special purpose monster trucks, over-the-top-stunts, heist jobs and rescue missions, all set in colorful Rio de Janeiro. (2:10; PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language) • • •

“Buck”: A documentary about legendary horse trainer (and former Coeur d’Alene resident) Buck Brannaman and his indisputably effective zen technique as the “horse whisperer.” Sweet feed for equine lovers. (1:29; PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury) • • 1/2

“Scream 4”: Franchise spawners Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson bring back original “Scream” threesome Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette, throwing new faces – Rory Culkin, Erik Knudsen, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts and many more – into the hallways of Woodboro High for an intergenerational bloodbath. The Ghostface Killer runs amok, prank calling, punking and posting messages on Facebook. (1:43; R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking) • • 1/2

“African Cats”: Prey. Eat. Love. That’s the cycle of life of the lioness and cheetah mother in this magnificent Disneynature documentary, a live-action “Lion King” that is deeply involving and primally moving. (1:29; rated G) • • •

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