NEW TO DVD: July 29, 2014

Photo: Mongrel Media

Photo: Mongrel Media

Chris Luckett

This week’s releases on home video: Noah, The Other Woman, Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It, and Under the Skin.


NOAH

Running Time: 138 mins.
OFRB Rating: 14A (disturbing content, graphic violence)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins

Verdict: A movie divided against itself. Action fans looking for spectacle will be bored during the first 90 minutes of religious conversation, while those seeking spiritual lessons will likely find themselves appalled by blasphemous liberties with the story. Moments nearly reach greatness before scenes of confounding mediocrity pull Noah back down. (2½ stars out of 5)


THE OTHER WOMAN

Running Time: 109 mins.
OFRB Rating: PG (mature themes, language)
Starring: Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney, and Nicki Minaj

Verdict: Absolutely awful. Of all the jilted-lovers-teaming-up-for-revenge movies, this may be the very worst. Every scene is worse than the one before it, marching to an abysmally stupid climax. If Adam Sandler played all three female leads, it probably wouldn’t be worse. Don’t waste your time. (½ star out of 5)


TRAILER PARK BOYS: DON’T LEGALIZE IT

Running Time: 95 mins.
OFRB Rating: 14A (coarse language, substance abuse)
Starring: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth, Patrick Roach, and Jonathan Torrens

Verdict: The misadventures of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles still provide some amusement, but many of the jokes and performances just don’t feel as fresh as they did seven seasons and two movies ago. The overall plot is funny enough, as the Boys take a road trip to Ottawa to deter a Parliamentary vote to legalize marijuana that would ruin their dope-dealing lives, but the script often just spins its wheels. (2½ stars out of 5)


UNDER THE SKIN

Running Time: 108 mins.
OFRB Rating: 14A (sexual content)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Adam Pearson, Dave Acton, and Kryštof Hádek

Verdict: Astonishing. If Stanley Kubrick or Paul Thomas Anderson made a film about an alien seductress prowling the moors of Scotland, it would probably look something like this. With its slow pace, minimal dialogue, and singularity of vision, Under the Skin is a haunting and masterful film. It’s not for everyone, but if your mind is open to a powerful demonstration of cinema as a true artistic medium, it won’t disappoint. (5 stars out of 5)

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