Published May 18, 2011As we like to do every Wednesday, we're back with a collection of reviews of this week's latest DVD and Blu-ray releases. So be sure to check out our take on the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.
First up, Sylvain Chomet is back with his follow-up to the well-received Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist (pictured), which is based on an unproduced Jacques Tati script about changing times and the death of stage entertainers in the face of rock'n'roll popularity. Receiving the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence, this French animation comes with high praise as opposed to Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son, which our reviewer calls "nearly unwatchable."
Fleshing out the comedy contingent, we also have a review of the Ron Howard relationship examination The Dilemma, wherein Vince Vaughn learns that his best friend's wife is cheating and is therefore conflicted with (you guessed it) a dilemma, along with the preachy Russian anti-Communist rant The Concert.
For something a little more dramatic, we also have a review of the Jack Abramoff biopic Casino Jack, which tackles the difficult chore of mocking Republicans, along with the Russian psychological thriller How I Ended This Summer, which our reviewer calls "thought provoking and intense."
And lastly, Spike Lee is back on his soapbox with the documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, which is decidedly more profound than the documentary on the UFC's George St-Pierre, The Striking Truth.
To read up on more DVD and Blu-ray releases, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.