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DVDs: June 8, 2011

Reviews of ”The Lincoln Lawyer,” ”Limitless” and more

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Black Death (2011, R)
Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne It’s no Game of Thrones, but this horror-lite flick might satisfy your Sean Bean-in-chain-mail jones. Behold! The erstwhile Lord Stark battles bloodthirsty pagans amid the turmoil of the bubonic plague! (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B-

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011, R)
Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe A slick lawyer defends a slippery murder suspect in an adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-seller. (Also on iTunes) B

Of Gods and Men (2011, PG-13)
Lambert Wilson Despite grave danger from terrorists, expatriate French monks resolve to stay in Algeria. (Also on iTunes) A-

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011, Not Rated)
Thanapat Saisaymar Ghosts visit a dying man in this dreamy Cannes 2010 Palme d’Or winner from Thailand. A-

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980, PG)
Richard Thomas, John Saxon A post-Star Wars sci-fi extravaganza made on a shoestring budget. This 30th-anniversary edition is delightfully cheesy, but also plain delightful, thanks to assists from a who’s who of future Oscar players like art director James Cameron and writer John Sayles. B

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Limitless (2011, PG-13)
Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro A scraggly aspiring novelist sees his life upended when he takes a drug that turns him into a genius. B+ 7/19

Rango (2011, PG)
Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher Depp plays a gunslinging chameleon in this simpatico if labored animated family comedy set in the Old West. B- 7/15

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