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DVDs: July 1, 2011

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Beastly (2011, PG-13)
Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens A teen is turned into a hideously disfigured outcast thanks to a witch’s spell. That the witch is played by Mary-Kate Olsen tells you all you need to know about this turkey. (Also on iTunes) D-

Season of the Witch (2011, PG-13)
Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman If you’re feeling masochistic, why not program a witchy double feature with Beastly and this slice of disposable Cageian action trash? (Also on iTunes) C

Playing House (2011, Not Rated)
Mayra Leal, Craig Welzbacher A surprisingly good Fatal Attraction knockoff about a temptress who moves in with a couple of newlyweds…and refuses to move out. Cheesy fun. B

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991, R)
Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin Roberts’ follow-up to Pretty Woman is a Hitchcock-lite thriller about a gal who marries Prince Charming and discovers he’s anything but. Blu-ray debut. C+

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, PG)
Paul Freeman A gee-whiz, go-go kiddie action fantasy about a team of teen commandos. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B-

Coming Soon
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011, R)
Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei A colorful courtroom thriller adapted from Michael Connelly’s best-selling potboiler. B 7/12

Hobo with a Shotgun (2011, Not Rated)
Rutger Hauer The title pretty much says it all in this exploitation throwback about an avenging homeless dude. B- 7/5

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