Published Jul 14, 2010&fid1 If you're planning on spending the night on the couch, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed motion section to determine which recent DVD releases are worth your time.
First up is the action-comedy flick The Bounty Hunter, which stars Jennifer Aniston as a journalist on the run from a bounty hunter played by Gerard Butler, who just happens to be her ex-husband. Another movie with big-name stars is fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Firth plays a gay British professor in Los Angeles who struggles with the death of his secret lover.
Also out is the first of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Neils Arden Oplev, while Greenberg stars Ben Stiller as a musician suffering a mental breakdown while house-sitting for his brother. This one is directed by Noah Baumbach.
Kristen Stewart takes a break from vampires and werewolves in Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters by playing a girl with a deteriorative muscular disease who sets her sights on a guy who's going through familial troubles. And if foreign flicks are more your style, we have a review of Parking. At the most basic level, the film is about the main character's quest to find the owner of the car that has blocked him in a parking spot. However, themes of surrealism and existentialism make the film so much more than its basic plot.
For fantasy fans, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief has drawn comparisons to Harry Potter. Rather than witches and wizards, though, the focus is on Greek mythology as Percy learns he is the son of Poseidon. The DVD comes with tons of special features, including interviews, behind-the-scenes-footage and a quiz about discovering your powers.
For reviews of these DVD releases and more, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed motion section.