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By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | April 16, 2008 |

Alien vs. Predator — Requiem: Ranylt was not impressed with this sequel, writing that it “won’t erase the bad taste of AvP from our collective memory; it’s an improvement over the first movie, but it’s the kind of improvement that doesn’t add up to much, like installing granite countertops and a whirlpool bath in a tar-covered pile that was condemned several years back. Foundations like dialogue and characterization and sequence are too flimsy—and to hell with the it’s just an action movie justification, because there’s more than one class of action movie, and the AvP films, with such an impressive pedigree, ought to succeed better at what they set out to do.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale: In the Name of the King, unfortunately, proves that Jason Statham can’t save everything, as Phillip writes: “I don’t even know what to say anymore. Another January, another Toilet Boll fiasco lurching abominably into theaters, filled with an ill-fittingly large budget and a mix of good actors incomprehensibly slumming and bad actors happy that someone checked them out of rehab for the weekend and gave them enough ludes to get through their scenes. And guess what? It blows. And guess what? No one needed to be told that. And guess what some more? No one will go see it, and yet I’ll still be here come January 2009 weeping tears of sulfur for my lost youth and jamming needles into my Uwe Boll voodoo doll’s eyeballs and crotch while cursing this anathema to filmmaking and his German tax shelter.”

Juno: Dan paid a great compliment the Juno in his opening, writing “I’m almost at a loss for words to describe just how good — how deeply and honestly good — Juno made me feel, and how its big bright beating heart is capable of delivering moments of genuine love and heartache and confusion and the general feeling of being left to the cold mercy of the universe in the hell that is growing up.” A lot has been written and said about Juno since it because this huge juggernaut, since the backlash, and since it became both a phenomenon and a joke, but I think if you put everything else out of your mind and just go back to the movie, Dan’s opening still holds true. As does his closing, “That’s the whole joy of Juno, the way comedy and drama become fused together to create something that’s serious and light, sad and hopeful all at once. It’s the way Vanessa asks Mac, “Do you ever feel like you were born to do something?” and he doesn’t miss a beat before replying, “Heating and air conditioning.” It’s almost impossible to make that joke work on the page, but hearing it delivered, you can feel in the innate happiness — the genuine goodness — running just below the surface. The film is full of those moments, the kind that make you want to embrace the characters; by the time “Anyone Else But You” returns to close the film, Reitman, Cody, Page, and everyone else have created something new and special and downright magical. Films like this one don’t come along often enough.

Lars and the Real Girl: Lars was another Pajiba favorite last year, making our 12 Best Films You Didn’t See in 2007 list, and as such, Dan also gave it one of his more effusive reviews: “Lars and the Real Girl is a good film in the truest sense of the word: It exudes warmth and forgiveness and even a sense of atonement, of sacrifices made for the sake of reuniting what’s been broken. And it is, quite often, funny, in everything from Lars’s tactless reactions to Margo’s subtle hints of love to a few well-placed sight gags involving Bianca. But to dismiss it as a wacky comedy about a guy in love with a doll would be to mislabel it and to foolishly miss the entire point. It’s about the intersection of life and death, and of love and adulthood, and about how sometimes you just don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

A final note: For you Kyle Chandler fans (and you should all be), season one of “Early Edition” has finally got a DVD release date. June 24th.

Lars and the Real Juno

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