DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 1/10/2012

New options for your home viewing this week:

It’s not that I’m not a fan of sports movies; it’s that a good number of sports movies are composed of cliché after cliché.  That’s not the case with Moneyball, which is an underdog sports film for people who have grown tired of the formula of underdog sports movies.  Brad Pitt starts as Billy Beane, the general manager of the professional baseball team with the lowest budget in the MLB.  He decides to try a new approach to recruiting players with the help of a math wiz (Jonah Hill).  Little takes place on the field; this is about conflicts professional and personal on the business side of baseball and how one man tries to make something out of what he thinks might be a wasted life.  It’s one of the best films of 2011.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

What’s Your Number? breaks what is perhaps the only hard and fast rule of comedy: acceptance.  You have to accept the setup, otherwise there is no punch line.  Ally (Anna Faris) is in a state of denial throughout the entire movie as she tries to rekindle a romance with one of the ex-boyfriends so that she doesn’t surpass the average number of sexual partners a magazine article says women have before getting married.  The scenes with the exes either stop short or never happen, meaning whatever jokes the movie might have had never come to fruition.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

You probably won’t believe me until you see it for yourself, but, trust me, Killer Elite is a train wreck.  “No,” you might say; “It has Jason Statham and Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro.”  Yes, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an incoherent mess of political intrigue, literal cliffhangers, and–I kid you not–flashbacks to a failed romance while flying on a plane.  Don’t ask me to explain the plot, and I won’t ask you to if you decide to watch it.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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