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DVDs: Aug. 5, 2011

Reviews of what’s available in stores, including ”Soul Surfer,” ”Your Highness,” and more

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Soul Surfer (2011, PG)
AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt A triumphant, tear-jerking true story about inspirational teen surfing champ Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and battled back to ride the waves once again. (Also on iTunes) B

Rio (2011, G)
Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg An animated kiddie flick about a macaw from Minnesota who heads to sunny Brazil to find his feathered soul mate. (Also on iTunes) C

Sleepers (1996, R)
Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt Director Barry Levinson serves up a heavy (and heavy-handed) drama about four lifelong friends reliving the sins of their youths. Blu-ray debut. C

Sands of the Kalahari (1965, Not Rated)
Stuart Whitman, Susannah York An underappreciated adventure classic tracking the survivors of a plane crash in the harsh African desert. Makes an excellent double bill with 1965’s The Flight of the Phoenix. B

The Big Combo (1955, Not Rated)
Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte A brooding and kinky film noir about an obsessed cop on the hunt for his longtime nemesis. (Available on Netflix instant viewing) B+

Coming Soon
Your Highness (2011, R)
James Franco, Danny McBride A medieval stoner comedy about two doobie-smoking dimwits joined on their quest by a fair maiden (Natalie Portman). C+ 8/9

Paul (2011, R)
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost The Shaun of the Dead guys pick up a rude, raunchy alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) during a Comic-Con road trip. B+ 8/9

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