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DVDs: Feb. 24, 2012

Reviews of the latest films to hit stores, including ”Martha Marcy May Marlene,” ”Tower Heist,” and more

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011, R)
Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes Olsen, the sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, delivers a star-is-born performance in this Sundance standout as a young woman who runs away from a religious cult. (Also on iTunes) B+

Tower Heist (2011, PG-13)
Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy The feisty, funny Murphy is back! Too bad the rest of Brett Ratner’s Madoff-era comedy caper is so flat. (Also on iTunes) C+

The Way (2011, PG-13)
Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen Estevez writes and directs a searching spiritual drama about a self-absorbed eye doctor (Sheen) who embarks on a pilgrimage in the Pyrenees. (Also on iTunes) B+

Track 29 (1988, R)
Gary Oldman, Theresa Russell Director Nicolas Roeg’s strange and surreal psychological thriller isn’t for everyone. But if you’re a fan of Oldman’s more outré efforts, you’ll want to give this one a shot. (Also on iTunes) B

On the Bowery (1957, Unrated)
Lionel Rogosin’s gritty exposé about the lives of New Yorkers on skid row is a haunting time capsule and a remarkable piece of vérité filmmaking. Blu-ray debut. A-

Coming Soon
Hugo (2011, PG)
Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield Martin Scorsese directs a magical 3-D fable about the birth of silent movies and an orphan searching for a message from his dead father. A- 2/28

Johnny English Reborn (2011, PG)
Rowan Atkinson Fans of Atkinson’s dim-bulb British spy, rejoice! Everyone else, carry on. Nothing to see here. C+ 2/28