New on DVD: 'Skyfall,' 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'
05:00 AM, Feb 14, 2013
Skyfall2012, MGM/Sony, PG-13, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $40
James Bond (Daniel Craig) must stop an ingenious former agent turned cyberterrorist (Javier Bardem) who seeks to destroy MI6 and get revenge on M (Judi Dench). In the 23rd adventure for 007, the spy’s loyalty and fitness for the job are greatly tested. The franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says: * * * (out of four). “Director Sam Mendes’ take on Bond sizzles with style and substance. With breakneck-paced action sequences, Skyfall is also a superbly cast, witty and grown-up escapade.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower2012, Summit Entertainment, PG-13, $20; Blu-ray, $25
In this coming-of-age film based on Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel, an introverted high school freshman (Logan Lerman) struggles to fit in. But his struggles with feelings of isolation are eased by the friendship of a girl (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother (Ezra Miller). Puig: * * ½
The Man With the Iron Fists2012, Universal, R, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $35
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA stars and makes his directorial debut in this martial-arts extravaganza set in 19th-century China. When a gold shipment destined for the regional governor disappears, several lone warriors band together to protect their village and root out the conspirators. Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe also star. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles says: * ½
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D2012, Universal, R, DVD+Blu-ray, $35
After several years living under false identities following the events of 2006’s Silent Hill, a now-teenage Heather Da Silva/Alessa Mason (Adelaide Clemens) is once again drawn to the ash-shrouded alternate dimension of Silent Hill. The only way for her to end her nightmares is to confront the priestess-led cult that holds her father (Sean Bean).