DVDs always make a good gift, and there are several new ones that could be right for those last names on your list.
“Pan”: 2 1/2 stars. Pan is back with this big-screen adaptation written by Jason Fuchs (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”) and director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”). Except for a spirited performance by Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, their efforts won’t send you flying to see it.
The best that can be said about “Pan” is it’s an OK tale that picks up in the closing moments with a large and loud action sequence.
Director Joe Wright’s Peter Pan complex is that he never allowed his film to mature into a tense action and adventure story or a bold comedy. It’s a mishmash of ideas that aren’t bad. They just aren’t that good, either.
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“X-Files: The Complete Series”: 4 stars. There have been a lot of DVD sets released over the past few months that would be good gifts, but this one should be at the top of every list.
Not only is the series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson one of the finest to air on network TV, the series is coming back for a short run at the first of the year and this is a chance to get caught up with all nine seasons.
Because you can repeatedly watch the episodes, it is easier to look for all of the details behind the conspiracy theories presented through the seasons.
The truth is out there, and that truth is this is a great DVD set.
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“The Giant King”: Sworn enemies try to find answers to why they are chained together.
“War Room”: Couple looks for a way to save their crumbling marriage.
“Pawn Sacrifice”: Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) is caught between two superpowers.
“12 Rounds 3: Lockdown”: One good cop tries to expose a team of corrupt cops. Dean Ambrose stars.
“The Nanny: Season Five”: Fran Drescher stars in this comedy about a nanny who falls for the father of the children she is helping to raise.
“Hora 79”: Gila Almagor stars in this film by Eli Cohen.
“Nasty Baby”: A trio’s efforts to have a baby are threatened by an annoying neighbor.
“Craft in America: Music”: A look at the art of handmade instruments.
“Nightmares”: Emilio Estevez stars in this horror anthology.
“Dragon Blade”: East and West collide over the battle for the Silk Road.
“Queen of Earth”: Elisabeth Moss plays a woman dealing with too many emotional events.
“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”: Herb Evers stars in the 1962 sci-fi cult classic.