New on DVD: 'Olympus Has Fallen,' 'The Big Wedding,' more

05:00 AM, Aug 15, 2013

Gerard Butler stars as a Secret Service agent trying to save the White House in 'Olympus Has Fallen.' Phil Caruso, Film District/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Olympus Has Fallen2013, FilmDistrict, R, $31; Blu-ray, $41

When North Korean terrorists attack the White House and take the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage, it’s up to a disgraced Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) to get inside the building and help effect a rescue. He learns that this attack is just the first step in the mastermind’s (Rick Yune) plan. What he’s really after are access codes that could set off a nuclear catastrophe. Morgan Freeman also stars.

USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says: * * (out of four). “Olympus Has Fallen is Die Hard in the White House. This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people.”

The Big Wedding2013, Lionsgate, R, $20; $25

Long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) put on a front as a happy couple when their adoptive son’s conservative mother comes to town for his wedding. The ruse is a source of humor and conflict as long-simmering family tensions bubble to the surface. Puig:* *

The Company You Keep2013, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36

Jim Grant’s (Robert Redford) peaceful suburban existence is upset when a reporter (Shia LaBeouf) reveals that he is a 1970s anti-war radical wanted for murder by the FBI. Grant goes on a cross-country trek to find the one person who can clear his name and is constantly hounded by the reporter and the feds. Puig: * * *

Emperor2013, Roadside Attractions, PG-13, $20; Blu-ray, $25

In the days following Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender, American Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) must decide whether the leader, who is beloved by his countrymen, should be charged with war crimes. Puig: * * ½

This is the final column by our friend, reporter Steve Jones. Learn more about Steve here.