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DVDs: Nov. 18, 2011

Reviews of the latest releases to hit stores, including ”Beginners,” ”Super 8,” and more

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Beginners (2011, R)
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent Director Mike Mills’ affecting autobiographical drama chronicling his relationship with his father, who finds happiness after coming out of the closet late in life. Plummer is outstanding. (Also on iTunes) A-

Larry Crowne (2011, PG-13)
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts Two A-list superstars meet cute, swap smarty-pants quips, and wind up in a by-the-numbers rom-com. No thanks. (Also on iTunes) C+

Bellflower (2011, R)
Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson A giddy, stylish-as-hell indie about two Mad Max-obsessed pals whose friendship goes up in flames when a femme fatale enters the equation. (Also on iTunes) B+

Little Big Man (1970, PG-13)
Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway Hoffman, under countless coats of old-age makeup, portrays a 121-year-old man who was the sole survivor of Custer’s Last Stand. Blu-ray debut. B

The Rules of the Game (1939, Not Rated)
Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor Jean Renoir’s black-and-white French masterpiece tracing the lives of a group of aristocrats on the eve of WWII is given a gorgeous Criterion Collection makeover. Pure movie magic. A

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Super 8 (2011, Pg-13)
Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning J.J. Abrams’ Spielberg-inspired sci-fi thriller about movie-mad kids who have a close encounter. A 11/22

The Devil’s Double (2011, R)
Dominic Cooper An Iraqi soldier is recruited to be the reluctant body double for Saddam Hussein’s ruthless, party-boy son Uday. Gripping. B+ 11/22

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