New on DVD: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation,' 'Filly Brown' and more

05:00 AM, Aug 01, 2013

Center left to right: Luke Bracey plays Cobra Commander and Byung-Hun Lee plays Storm Shadow in 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation.' Jaimie Trueblood, Paramount Pictures/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA Today

G.I. Joe: Retaliation’2013, Paramount, PG-13, DVD+digital copy+Blu-ray, $41

When Cobra replaces the president of the United States with one of their own, kills several Joes and frames them for the theft of nuclear warheads, it’s up to Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) to rally the survivors to set things right. With the help of Gen. Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis), Flint, Lady Jaye, Jinx and Snake Eyes et al fight to expose the conspiracy and restore their honor.

USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles says ** 1/2 out of 4:“Retaliation is a more sure-footed shoot-‘em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise.”

Filly Brown’2012, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, R, $20; Blu-ray, $30

Jenni Rivera, who died in a 2012 plane crash in Mexico, stars as an aspiring hip-hop star in this musical drama. She has to overcome family issues and consider choices that could cost her the friends who supported her dreams. USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says: ** 1/2

Black Rock’2012, Lionsgate, R, $20; Blu-ray, $25

Three childhood friends who’ve grown distant hope to rekindle their relationship by returning to a place where they spent time together in their youth. But things go wrong when they cross paths with a trio of dishonorably discharged soldiers who hunt the girls when one of the men is killed.

Cloudburst’2011, Wolfe, not rated, $25

Elderly lesbians Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dottie (Brenda Fricker) have been a couple for more than 30 years. When the legally blind Dottie’s granddaughter (Kristin Booth) decides to put her in a nursing home, the pair decides to hit the road to Canada, where they can married.