COUCH THEATER — DVD PREVIEWS

PICKS OF THE WEEK
“The Tourist” (PG-13) — Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (and seriously, how could you NOT watch a movie directed by someone with the name Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck?), “The Tourist” is a fun, thrilling, romantic/comedy/mystery starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

On a train bound for Venice, a Wisconsin schoolteacher (Depp) meets the alluring Elise (Jolie), and by the time they reach their destination, a romance sparks — as does mystery and intrigue! For you see, Elise isn’t whom she says she is. She is, in fact, an international thief who’s double-crossed a particularly nasty gangster (Steven Berfkoff) and he’s dispatched a couple Russian hitmen to settle the score.

Frank soon finds himself in over his head, as he and Elise go on the run in Venice being chased by the mob, Interpol and the local police.

“The Times of Harvey Milk: The Criterion Collection” (Unrated) — Heartfelt, compelling and groundbreaking, this 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary tells the inspirational and tragic story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to public office in America.

Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and after serving only 11 months in office, was assassinated (along with the mayor) by former cop and fireman Dan White. At his trial, White’s attorneys used the infamous “Twinkie Defense,” claiming their client suffered from depression brought on by eating too much junk food. White was convicted not of murder but manslaughter, and sentenced to five years — sparking riots throughout the city.

“Yogi Bear” (PG) — Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake provide the voices of Yogi and Boo Boo in this animated/live-action kiddy flick based on the classic cartoon.

Oh no! The evil mayor wants to close Jellystone Park to rezone the land to allow logging! Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) and filmmaker Rachel (Anna Faris) concoct a scheme that just might save the park — if only they can keep Yogi and Boo Boo from botching it with their antics.

TV SHOWS
“The Venture Bros.” Season 4, Vol. 2
“Psych” Complete Second Season
“Smallville” Complete Eighth Season
“Nova scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals?”
“Nova: Secrets Beneath the Ice”
“Nature: The Himalayas”
“Marcus Welby MD” The Best of Season 1
“Bill Cosby Show” The Best of Season 1
“Frontline: Battle for Haiti”
“Scarecrow and Mrs. King” The Complete Second Season
“Flambards” The Complete Series
“The Ambassador” Complete Series
“Berkeley Square” The Complete Series
“Hawkeye” The Complete Series

(c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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