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DVDs: July 29, 2011

Reviews of what’s out in stores, including ”Iron Man 2,” ”Soul Surfer,” and more

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Secretariat (2010, PG)
Diane Lane, John Malkovich The true story of the Triple Crown-winning racehorse led to glory by a housewife. Pleasant but predictable. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B-

Trust (2011, R)
Clive Owen, Catherine Keener Friends alum David Schwimmer directs this stagnant cautionary tale about a couple whose daughter is victimized by an online sexual predator. (Also on iTunes) B-

Iron Man 2 (2010, pg-13)
Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke Tony Stark tussles with a Russian baddie in an overblown, bigger-isn’t-better sequel. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) C+

Let Me In (2010, R)
Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee This chilling redo of the 2008 tween-vampire thriller Let the Right One In is the rare remake that’s better than the original. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B+

Life During Wartime (2010, Not Rated)
Allison Janney, Ciarán Hinds Auteur (and professional killjoy) Todd Solondz recasts the same miserable family from his 1998 drama Happiness for a new study of suburban dysfunction. And yes, that’s Paul ”Pee-wee” Reubens as a ghostly visitor. B+

Coming Soon
Rio (2011, G)
Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg The makers of Ice Age offer this lackluster CG kid pic, featuring Eisenberg as the voice of a neurotic pet bird with a fear of flying. C 8/2

Soul Surfer (2011, PG)
AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid A heartfelt drama about the real-life surfer girl who lost an arm in a shark attack. B 8/2

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