Several new movies come out on DVD this week, and at least one of them got much critical acclaim when it hit theaters back in 2012. Another movie, starring Nicole Kidman, garnered attention and buzz before it opened, but didn’t do much when it hit the big screens. Also, this week, a hugely successful documentary finally comes to the home DVD market in case you missed it at the theaters.
Movies new to DVD this week include:
End of Watch - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena. A movie that had critics abuzz when it came out in theaters in the summer of 2012 finally comes to home video this week. It is, actually, an entry in the “found footage” genre of films that have become so pervasive these days, and it also manages to be an entry in the buddy cop genre. However, according to critics, this one manages to turn both genres on their head by being excellent. We follow two uniformed patrolmen in Los Angeles, who decide to investigate a murder on their own rather than turning the case over to detectives. They soon find out they are on the wrong end of a deal involving one of the most ruthless and violent drug lords in Los Angeles. Rated R.
The Paperboy - Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey. If you had ever wanted to know what it looks like to see Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron, this is your chance. This film, set in 1969, is about a young man who comes back home to his small town in Florida to help his brother, a local reporter, uncover the truth about a murder. It turns out the wrong man may be in jail awaiting execution. Along the way, he becomes involved with the lover of the man on death row (Kidman) he soon finds himself in jeopardy. A sexually charged pot-boiler mystery. Rated R.
Searching for Sugar Man - A documentary that garnered huge critical acclaim and then box office success and is now nominated for an Academy Award. Back in 1968 two film producers went into downtown Detroit to see a Mexican-American musician named Rodriguez who had become a local legend. Both of the movie producers found the singer/songwriter spell binding. Then, just as suddenly, this mysterious musician just disappeared. Now, the two filmmakers set out to see if they can find Rodriguez and tell his story once and for all.