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DVDs: Nov. 11, 2011

Reviews of the latest movies to hit stores, including ”Cars 2,” ”Larry Crowne,” and more

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Cars 2 (2011, G)
Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Larry the Cable Guy Pixar’s masterpiece machine finally stalled out with this sputtering, candy-colored follow-up to their least sequel-needy movie. (Couldn’t we have gotten The Incredibles 2 first?) B-

To Die For (1995, R)
Nicole Kidman Nobody wrote her off as just Mrs. Tom Cruise after Kidman nailed her turn as a stop-at-nothing weather gal in Gus Van Sant’s deliciously acid satire, making its Blu-ray debut. A-

The Change-Up (2011, R)
Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds How do a dutiful dad and a glib skirt-chaser end up swapping bodies? Better question: How do two stars as smart as Bateman and Reynolds end up in a clichéd body-swapping comedy? C-

Fanny and Alexander (1983, R)
Yes, the TV version is five hours long. (The theatrical cut, also on this Criterion Blu-ray box set, is a mere three.) But it takes only minutes to fall for Ingmar Bergman’s epic of childhood, loss, and love in a (very) cold climate. A

13 (2011, Not Rated)
Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham Rich risk-seekers form a secret Russian-roulette ring in this straight-to-DVD thriller. Don’t make an equally bad decision by watching it. D

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Larry Crowne (2011, PG-13)
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts Even Hanks and Roberts’ shock-and-awe charisma blitz can’t save this middle-of-the-road rom-com. C+

Beginners (2011, R)
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent An artist (McGregor) woos while his gay father (Plummer) faces death in Mike Mills’ winsome comedy of love at any age. A-

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