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DVDs: Sept. 2, 2011

”Prom,” ”Everything Must Go,” and more

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Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011, PG-13)
Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine Perry’s wisecrackin’ grandma is back and brassier than ever in the latest chapter of his urban soap opera. It somehow manages to be both grating and gratifying. (Also on iTunes) B-

Prom (2011, PG)
Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell A chaste Disney teen comedy following a group of high schoolers trying to find a date for the big night. Cute, but John Hughes it ain’t. B

Blitz (2011, R)
Jason Statham, Paddy Considine Statham, everybody’s favorite chrome-domed cockney action star, plays a rogue cop in this direct-to-DVD thriller. If The Mechanic could get a theatrical release, why couldn’t this? (Also on iTunes) B-

Torso (1973, Not Rated)
Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont Director Sergio Martino’s bloody serial-killer thriller pits a masked maniac against a group of beautiful coeds vacationing in a remote Italian villa. Stylish, suspenseful, and definitely not meant for the kiddies. Blu-ray debut. B

In a Better World (2011, R)
Mikael Persbrandt Downbeat Danish Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner about a doctor’s growing concern for his troubled son. (Also on iTunes) B+

Coming Soon
Scarface (1983, R)
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer Brian De Palma’s over-the-top gangster epic chronicles a Cuban refugee who becomes Miami’s cocaine kingpin. Blu-ray debut. A- 9/6

Everything Must Go (2011, R)
Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall Ferrell gets serious for this indie drama tracing the downward spiral of a drunk who loses it all. B- 9/6

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