COUCH THEATER — DVD PREVIEWS

Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis


By DNA Smith
“You Again” (PG) — Kristen Bell leads an all-star cast in this dramedy about how it’s harder than we think to outgrow the rivalries and hurts of our youth.

High school was no bed of roses for Marni (Kristen Bell), but she’s grown up now and a successful businesswoman, and she thinks she’s put all that behind her — until Marni’s brother announces his engagement to her high-school tormentor Joanna (Odette Yustman).

As old wounds bubble back to the surface, we also learn that Marni’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) was high-school enemies with Joanna’s aunt (Sigourney Weaver). And even Marni’s grandmother (the always hilarious Betty White) encounters a youthful rival during the course of the film.

“You Again” is a pretty funny movie — if somewhat slow-paced at times. Not the greatest comedy you’ll watch this year, but the performances by this crew of talented women make what could have been a mediocre comedy into something worth watching.

“Paranormal Activity 2” (Unrated Director’s Cut) — In this prequel to the surprise 2007 horror hit, director Tod Williams kicks it up a notch and things get EVEN PARANORMALER. Set a few months before the original movie’s events, we find Dan and Kristi (Brian Boland and Sprague Graydon) with a new baby in their home — and another new arrival: A Demonic Force that has designs on them all.

“Paranormal Activity 2” utilizes the same cobbled-together security-cam footage motif as the original — and to great effect. The Gotcha Moments really get you, and even though prequels as a rule usually blow, this film is actually a fairly good horror flick.

“The Right Stuff” (PG) — Based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book, director Philip Kaufman’s 1983 epic saga of the early years of America’s space program is both intimate and mythic.

The Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, was the catalyst for what would become The Space Race of the 1960s — with the United States and the Soviets vying for control of outer space.

The film chronicles America’s search for our first astronauts — men with the Right Stuff to man NASA’s Mercury Program — telling the stories of great test pilots like Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepherd), the first pilot to break the sound barrier, and fighter jocks like John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepherd (Scott Glenn).

The pre-CGI special effects in this film will blow you away with their realism. The performances by the all-star cast are top-notch. “The Right Stuff” is not only one of the best films about the space program, it is also one of the greatest films of the 1980s.

TV SERIES
“Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1993”
“Project Runway” The Complete Eighth Season
“The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword” Volume Three
“Doctor Who: The Movie” (Special Edition)
“The Guardian” Final Season
“Nick Jr. Favorites: Sisters & Brothers”
“The Beverly Hillbillies” (Special Edition)
“Best of Bonanza”

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