On the Shelves

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From the Film Vault Blog

New on DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer movie poster

A confession: Matthew McConaughey irritates me in most of his romantic comedy roles. But in The Lincoln Lawyer we get the McConaughey I love. Here he plays Mick Haller, a fatally flawed character who oozes amoral charismatic and oily self-confidence.

New on DVD: Captain America (2011)

Captain America movie poster

Just when it seemed the whole comic book/superhero thing had burnt itself out in a conflagration of too much money and not enough inspiration, along comes Captain America: The First Avenger to make us remember why these movies can be so much fun.

New on DVD: My Week with Marilyn (2011)

My Week with Marilyn movie poster

Michelle Williams does a perfectly credible job as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. But as good as Williams is, not once are you likely to mistake her for Marilyn. It’s a passable impersonation, but no one will ever fill the screen the way Monroe did.

New on DVD: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie poster

Gary Oldman is often described as an actor’s actor...which in his case apparently means an incurable ham. But in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy he gives a marvelously restrained performance.

New on DVD: Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult movie poster

Young Adult doesn’t always work. But it takes enough chances to be kind of bracing in its bad taste ... sort of like a Christmas package with a bomb inside.