New on DVD: 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Side Effects'
05:00 AM, May 23, 2013
Beautiful Creatures2013, Warner Bros., PG-13, $29; Blu-ray, $36
A young man (Alden Ehrenreich) who yearns to get away from his small Southern town becomes smitten with a mysterious new girl (Alice Englert), who is very much like one he’s seen in his dreams. As they grow close, they learn dark secrets about their families and the town itself. Not everything, or everyone, is as it seems in this supernatural love story.
USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says: * * ½ out of four. “This romp into the occult has a potent sense of humor. That comic edge and strong dialogue raises the movie’s quality over most teen romances.”
Side Effects2013, Open Road Films, R, $30; Blu-ray, $35
Steven Soderbergh directs this tale of a woman (Rooney Mara) who has twice tried suicide and then murders her husband (Channing Tatum) while under the influence of an experimental antidepressant drug. The case ruins her psychiatrist’s (Jude Law) career, but he soon discovers it may not have been his prescription that is precipitating her actions. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles: * *
The Last Stand2013, Lionsgate, R, $30; Blu-ray, $40
In his first lead role in a decade, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a disgraced L.A. cop turned small-town sheriff, who has to stop a violent drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping to Mexico. The criminal busted out of federal custody and is headed the sheriff’s way in a souped-up Corvette and with a band of desperados.
Parker2013, Sony, R, $27; Blu-ray, $36
Parker (Jason Statham) may be a professional thief, but he has ethics. So when his crew double-crosses him and leaves him for dead after they rip off the Ohio State Fair, they have to pay. He trails them to Florida, where they plan their next heist, and with the help of a broke but ambitious real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez), it’s payback time.