This week’s DVD releases features tales of brawn and brains.
“Ip Man 3”: 3 out of 4 stars. There are two elements of a martial arts movie necessary for it to be entertaining: strong fight scenes and an engaging star. “Ip Man 3” has both, plus an additional pleasant surprise.
The latest film in the action series has Ip Man (Donnie Yen) pulled into a battle between a local school and a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson). It’s a traditional story of greed vs. good.
Donnie Yen has already shown in two previous films in the series, based on the true story of the Wing Chun Kung Fu master who mentored Bruce Lee, that the quiet power he brings to the role makes him engaging. Unlike Jackie Chan, who uses comedy and some martial arts gimmickry to make his films so popular, Yen is a peaceful presence on screen.
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“Silicon Valley: The Complete Second Season”: 3 stars. This examination of the heart of the high-tech world features the biting and offbeat humor of Mike Judge and Alec Berg. It manages to not only be funny but to make the geek world of computers make sense.
The second season picks up with the Pied Piper team — Erlich, Jared, Dinesh and Gilfoyle — thinking they have made it big. That success begins to wobble when the competition goes through some changes. It’s about the high-tech world, but all who work in a white collar job can see a lot of their company in the stories.
T.J. Miller and Martin Starr are the wiring that holds this comedy circuit board together.
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“The Revenant”: Story of the American West starring Oscar winners actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro Inarritu.
“And Then There Were None”: Latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel about a dinner party where the guests start dying one by one.
“Fifty Shades of Black”: Comedy about a college student who must deal with a wealthy businessman’s sexual practices.
“Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser”: Irreverent comedy from the stand-up comedian.
“Haven: The Final Season”: All secrets of the little town will be revealed.
“Norm of the North”: Polar Bear heads to New York to stop construction in his backyard.
“The Human Face of Big Data”: Look at the digital trail everyone is creating.
“Bloody Wednesday”: Inspired by the true story of a Southern California mass murderer.
“Love Is a Verb”: Look at social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey.
“Antonia’s Line”: Strong-willed Antonia returns to her hometown after World War II.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”: This collector’s edition includes 10 hours of bonus material.
“Lamb”: An 11-year-old girl tries to help a depressed man.
“Albert – Up, Up and Away”: Young boy is determined to atone for a big mistake he makes.
“Veep: The Complete Fourth Season”: Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues to mine the comedy of politics.
“Dominion Creek”: First Western to be shot in Ireland.
“Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season”: Contains 21 episodes of the cable mystery drama.
“Little House on the Prairie: Season Nine”: This is the final season of the family drama.
“The Lady in the Van”: Eccentric elderly woman (Maggie Smith) temporarily parks her van in a man’s driveway.
“A Dog Named Gucci”: Story of one dog who changed a law.
“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”: Documentary on the creation and cult status of the comedy magazine.
“What Lola Wants”: Young man must decide between love and greed.
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“The Sound & The Shadow”: Secret recordings may hold clue to missing person.
“The Choice”: Romance based on the book by Nicholas Sparks.
“A Royal Night Out”: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret celebrate V.E. Day.