Published Apr 27, 2011It's a week of escapist fantasy on the ancillary front, with Gwyneth Paltrow playing a country superstar and the somewhat more plausible dinoshark helping to temporarily remove us from reality. But before subjecting yourself to someone else's paradigm, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section to ensure that it's a world you want to temporarily, subjectively inhabit.
With the final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise hitting theatres in July, it might be time to catch up on, or refresh yourself on, the series, which ranges from the clunky, embarrassingly literal Chris Columbus entries to the darker, more recent, David Yates entries, such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (pictured). Read our review of this latest instalment to see why our reviewer calls it "ominous" and "contemplative."
If youthful fantasy allegory isn't your thing, maybe two hours of country music singing will hit the mark. Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund do their best to prove that they're all Country Strong in this musical drama, but does the actual plot transcend the singing? Read our review to find out.
For something a little more comical -- or at least for something attempting to be more comical -- we have a review of Gulliver's Travels, wherein Jack Black winds up in the land of Lilliput, bullshitting his way into a godlike status. Although, if the oyster-like Black isn't your cup of tea, perhaps a healthy dose of shitty sci-fi monster shlock like Dinoshark will hit the mark, filling that "are you fucking kidding me?" void.
And lastly, Paul Anderson's adaptation of the videogame Mortal Kombat gets the Blu-ray treatment. But unfortunately, pressing forward, down, forward Y won't freeze and shatter any of the on-screen characters in this high-definition release of a "classic."
To read up on more DVD and Blu-ray releases, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.