New on DVD: 'Flight,' 'Alex Cross,' more

05:00 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Denzel Washington stars as troubled but heroic pilot in 'Flight.' Robert Zuckerman AP/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Flight2012, Paramount, R, $31; DVD+Blu-ray, $38

Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who miraculously lands a damaged plane, saving 98 of the 106 people aboard. But when a post-flight investigation reveals that he was impaired at takeoff, he finds himself facing charges in this Robert Zemeckis-directed film. Don Cheadle is the lawyer who tries to save him, but the troubled pilot has demons he must overcome. USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says * * * stars out of four: “The collaboration of Washington, Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins elevates Flight into a turbulent blend of nerve-racking thriller and substantive adult drama.”

Alex Cross2012, Summit Entertainment, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $40

Tyler Perry stars as the detective/psychologist from the best-selling James Patterson novels trying to catch a serial killer (Matthew Fox). When the killer makes things personal, Cross has to decide just how far he will go to protect those close to him. Puig: * *

Here Comes the Boom2012, Sony, PG, $31; Blu-ray, $36

Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old biology teacher at an underfunded school. When the school’s music program is cut and costs its teacher (Henry Winkler) his job, Voss becomes a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for the school. Not everybody thinks it’s such a good idea, but Voss soon becomes a sensation. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles says: * * 1/2

Celeste and Jesse Forever2012, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are former high school sweethearts who married young but have drifted apart. Celeste is 30 and a successful businesswoman, while Jesse is unemployed and not particularly ambitious. She’s ready for a divorce, and he’s not fighting it, but neither is sure if it’s the right thing to do. Puig: * * *