DVDs featuring guys with an attitude top this week’s releases.
“Deadpool”: 3 out of 4 stars. Superhero with an attitude starring Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool is a foul-mouthed jerk who would rather put a bullet in a bad guy’s head than to take him off to jail.
He loves to talk about sex, violence, sex, sex, sex and more sex. And, just like he does in the comics, Deadpool has no problem breaking the fourth wall.
Deadpool is the role Reynolds was born to play. His fast-talking, smart-aleck style that made “Green Lantern” such a major disaster is perfectly suited for this role. His delivery is so fast and furious, it may take a couple of viewings to catch all the quips and comments.
And the comments keep breaking through the fourth wall. At one point when Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) is taking Deadpool to see Dr. Xavier, the head of the X-Men, Deadpool asks, “McAvoy or Stewart?” referring to the two actors who have played the character in past “X-Men” movies.
In another scene when Deadpool arrives at the massive home of the X-Men, he points out that he’s only seen two X-Men. He adds, “It’s almost as if the studio wouldn’t pay for more X-Men.”
“Where to Invade Next”: 3 stars. Michael Moore travels to a number of countries in search of grand ideas he can claim for the United States. And the term “claim” means to steal.
Each idea is shown with the typical Moore approach of his wading into the middle of the story to offer his own insights. More than in any of his past works, Moore often seems at a loss for words in “Where to Invade Next.” When that happens, he misses opportunities to press an issue or offer his own insights.
Moore’s big mistake is the ending where he explains that all of these innovative and creative ideas originated in the United States. Instead of an indictment of American policies, the movie becomes a salute to the United States. It’s a pulled political punch that Moore hasn’t done in the past when he was more intent on showing his deep unhappiness with American policies.
ALSO NEW ON DVD
“The Boy”: American woman discovers scary side of British family for which she’s working.
“Synchronicity”: This thriller that blends time travel, corporate espionage and romance.
“Scream: The TV Series”: Cable series adapted from the Wes Craven film.
“Vampires”: Young student soon realizes art school has an evil history.
“Newhart: Season Five”: Comedy continues at the Stratford Inn.
“I Know a Woman Like That”: Retirement age doesn’t always mean the person is slowing down.
“Ecuador: The Royal Tour”: CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg is given a tour of Ecuador by the country’s president.
“Manson’s Lost Girls”: A look at the women drawn to Charles Manson.
“Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs”: Pups introduce a raptor to the world.
“LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood”: Gang heads to the movie capital. Comes with miniature figure.
“Beauty and the Beast: The Third Series”: Passion continues to grow between Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan).
“Bubble Guppies: Fun on the Farm”: Events on the farm include the Cowgirl Parade.
“You’ll Like My Mother”: Psychological thriller starring Patty Duke.
“The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season One”: Cable comedy loosely based on the comic’s home life.
“Regression”: Criminal investigation reveals horrifying mystery.
“Creative Control”: Man who is obsessed with technology sees the lines of reality blur when he wears augmented glasses.
“Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: The Complete Series”: Live-action series based on the “Ninja Turtles” franchise.
“Mustang”: Young girls must escape an oppressive situation.
“Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti”: Siblings have to work together after being stranded by a plane crash.
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“Risen”: Roman tribune (Joseph Fiennes) investigates events after the Crucifixion.
“A Sort of Homecoming”: Invitation to return home creates flood of high school memories.
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”: Father trains his daughters to fight the undead.