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This week’s releases include: a stoner holiday special; a case of mistaken identity; a family from hell; a real-life terrorist hi-jacking; a classic K-9 love story; an ill-fated relationship; a space parody; a philosophical debate; and a severe cop drama. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: a courtroom period drama; a spy thriller in two different eras; another bachelor party gone wrong; a true story of fantasy and murder; a playful tale with penguins; a look at famous hockey feuds; a consequence of ‘the wrong place, the wrong time’; an adaptation of a childhood classic; a trilogy about a young woman who takes matters into her own hands; and an historical re-enactment.  (more…)

A scene from The MuppetsMy theory is everyone has a favourite Muppet. Whether it’s the lovable Kermit the Frog, the comparably giant Sam Eagle or the goofy Swedish Chef, the Muppets offer a personality that appeals to everybody. That’s one of its charms and what gives it the longevity it’s experienced – the first episode of The Muppets Show aired in 1976. And unlike many of our other childhood favourites that resurfaced after long hiatuses, this movie is everything you hope it would be. (more…)

Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens in a scene in BeastlyMost people know the story of Beauty and the Beast and many have seen Disney’s animated retelling of the tale. Beastly is a modern-day, live-action rendition of the narrative starring a couple of up-and-coming actors: Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. It takes the notion that “love is blind” to its limit as a beautiful young woman falls for a man whose exterior doesn’t match his interior (at least not any more). Unfortunately, in this case, this fantastical romance was better left to the animators. (more…)

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.”

The first five seasons of the critically-acclaimed and most original series, The Outer Limits, has hit DVD. Like the classic 1960’s series of the same name, each episode is an imaginative exploration of humanity’s greatest hopes and darkest fears. It often pushes the sci-fi envelope, taking you to places, worlds and times you never thought existed.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an absurd little fantasy that can really only entice the minds of children.

Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is an inventor whose inventions have been complete failures since grade school. However, when one of Flint’s machines is accidentally launched into the atmosphere it proves to be his most genius idea yet – he can make it rain any food of his choosing. The project brings Flint the attention of a cute news reporter (Anna Faris) that turns out to be more than just a pretty face. As the townspeople place orders like the sky is a caterer and the greedy mayor (Bruce Campbell) tries to exploit the happy accident, the machine becomes a time bomb ready to destroy the town with giant cuisine.

The simplicity and ridiculousness of the story means it’s mostly going to appeal to the younger age groups that have not yet graduated to the complexities of Coraline. While watching food fall from the sky is colourful and attractive, it gets old after a few showers. But then again, this is geared to an audience that would enjoy stuffing themselves with candy and swimming through mounds of ice cream – though bouncing around in a castle made of Jello is sure to interest anyone.

The characters are fairly two-dimensional, having very superficial problems such as daddy and bully issues. However, the voice actors do an excellent job infusing their characters with the right attitude; particularly Campbell, Mr. T and Neil Patrick Harris, who have supporting roles but are some of the most memorable personalities.

Special features on the two-disc set include: commentary by director Bill Hader; “Key Ingredients” about the voices in the film; extended scenes; a making-of featurette; “Flint’s Food Fight game”; “Raining Sunshine” music video, sing-along and behind the scenes featurette; and early looks at the films animation.

It’s four years later and the story has been picked up from right where we left them: Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are packing their bags and following the building hottie Maria (Paula Garcés) to Amsterdam.

But because of a poorly hidden bong, they are mistaken for on-flight terrorists. After an interrogation and denial of rights by drunk with power Agent Ron Fox (Rob Corddry), they are expedited to Guantanamo Bay. Their escape and journey to clear their names are a cross-country misadventure that includes a bottomless party, KKK bonfire and encounters with a Cyclops seeking a bedmate and a pot-smoking George W. Bush (James Adomian). All the while, Fox is on their tale determined to get “justice” despite the lack of evidence or reason.

Some familiar faces return for part two of Harold and Kumar’s crazy week, including David Krumholtz and Eddie Kaye Thomas (Goldstein and Rosenberg), Christopher Meloni (Grand Wizard a.k.a. Freakshow from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) and, of course, Neil Patrick Harris (who is continuing his drug-addled trip).

Writers/directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg use the characters’ ethnicity to be political this time around, taking jabs at security’s “random selections,” the Patriot Act, and President Bush. Meanwhile, the guys are a little more mature as they seek happiness through coupling with Harold trying to get to Maria and Kumar conspiring to break-up the wedding of a lost love (Danneel Harris).

The DVD is packed with extras, including two commentaries, 27 additional scenes, a Bush PSA, and the “The World of Harold and Kumar” featurette with lots of interviews. The stand-out special feature is “Dude, change the movie!” While watching the movie, the viewer can choose to change the destiny of Harold and Kumar – you can leave them in Cuba or send them straight to Amsterdam. Several of the choices bring the film to an early end, while others are hilariously revealing.