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DVDs: Jan. 6, 2012

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Brighton Rock (2011, R)
Sam Riley, Helen Mirren A moody British noir loosely based on a Graham Greene novel about a young gangster trying to silence a beautiful murder witness. B+

Final Destination 5 (2011, R)
Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell Yes, it’s time for another dose of Rube Goldberg death gags. The series may be predictable and silly, but the fifth chapter is one of the liveliest yet. (Also on iTunes) B

Apollo 18 (2011, PG-13)
Warren Christie Think Paranormal Activity in space and you’ve got the hook for this zero-gravity misfire. Hollywood, we have a problem. (Also on iTunes) D+

Love Crime (2011, Not Rated)
Kristin Scott Thomas, Ludivine Sagnier In this tense French thriller, a female executive (The English Patient‘s Scott Thomas) faces off against her ambitious assistant (Swimming Pool‘s Sagnier). B

The Last Kiss (2001, R)
Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno Italian director Gabriele Muccino’s terrific import comedy about a group of self-centered men afraid of growing up. Zach Braff starred in a 2006 remake, but all of the original’s wit was lost in translation. Do yourself a favor and check this one out. (On Netflix instant viewing) A-

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011, R)
Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce Don’t be fooled by producer Guillermo del Toro’s name in the credits. This gothic potboiler doesn’t deliver the chills. C- 1/3

I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011, PG-13)
Sarah Jessica Parker If the title refers to how Parker keeps picking movies this blah, then we don’t either. D+ 1/3

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