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New on DVD: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin movie poster

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin has so many jaw-dropping moments of visual splendor that it takes a while to realize that there’s really nothing much of interest here except the jaw-dropping visual splendor.

New on DVD: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol movie poster

If Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol feels like a live-action version of a cartoon, it only stands to reason. The man behind the camera is animator Brad Bird, who gave us some of the smartest and most ambitious animated features of recent years.

New on DVD: War Horse (2011)

War Horse movie poster

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is big and gorgeous in ways that reminds of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. But while it often delighted my eye, it felt empty. Not even a deep cast of British actors could bring it to emotional life.

New on DVD: The Iron Lady (2011)

The Iron Lady movie poster

By now we should be thoroughly inured to Meryl Streep’s transformational abilities. Even so, her Oscar-nabbing performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady comes as a shock.

New on DVD: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Martha Marcy May Marlene movie poster

In Martha Marcy May Marlene writer/director Sean Durkin delivers a moody, almost unbearably creepy look at a survivor of a Manson-type cult. And along the way he gives us a new star: Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of the Olsen Twins.