COUCH THEATER — DVD PREVIEWS

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Saoirse Ronan in “The Host”

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PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Admission” (PG-13) — Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this dramedy about college admissions and taking chances and boring audiences. Fey plays Portia, a Princeton admissions officer who lives life by the book and avoids risk. Things kick off when she gets back in contact with John (Rudd), an old friend who runs an alternative school. John introduces Portia to an oddball teen named Jeremiah. He would be a perfect fit for Princeton … oh, and he might be the son Portia gave up for adoption 16 years ago.

With just a few chuckles here and a couple sighs there, it’s not much for drama or comedy. The pacing and one-dimensional characters make all things charming come out annoying.

“Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” (PG-13) — In twists and turns, this film explores the allure of forbidden love and human desires to reach a certain moral conclusion: Adultery is bad, you guys. Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is a career-minded young woman working at a matchmaking business. She gets pulled into the seductive web of Harley (Robbie Jones), a handsome billionaire who flaunts his wealth in the usual ways.

With a million warnings and reasons she should have known better, Judith still makes her mistakes and takes her punishment for them. Arguably, this punishment includes starring alongside Kim Kardashian. If you can handle a little bit of soap opera and a lot of moralizing, you might be enticed by this temptation.

“The Host” (PG-13) — In the near-ish future, little body-snatching aliens take over Earth. One of these critters crawls into the back of your neck, next thing you know, you’ve got silver eyes and a robotic monotone voice. Now, imagine that this premise was used to make a “Twilight”-style supernatural young-adult thriller — and it was engineered in a high-tech lab to be the most boring thing ever. That’s what you get from “The Host,” roughly 90-minutes of a teenage girl talking to a snotty alien living in her brain. Eventually, she kisses a hunky young lad in the rain. You’ll miss that part because you’ll be asleep.

“Spring Breakers” (R) — To fight off boredom, four college girls (Selene Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine) play around with a little bit of armed robbery so they can afford a spring-break vacation in sunny Florida. Once on the beach, the girls get into their bikinis, and then it’s off to more crime. They become entangled with a clownish rapper named Alien (James Franco, really pushing it here). Alien seems like a bit of edgy, jokish fun, but turns out to be a real-deal drug-dealing criminal.

TV RELEASES
“Warehouse 13: Season Four”
“Bonanza: Official Sixth Season, Vol. 1 & 2” (2-Pack)
“How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season”
“Unforgettable: Season One”
“Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Vol. 1 & 2” (2-Pack)
“Portlandia: Season 3”

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