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DVDs: March 30, 2012

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Hop (2011, PG)
James Marsden, Russell Brand Remember when British rascal Brand was edgy? You won’t after watching this tired Easter-themed ‘toon. Give it up for Lent. (Also on iTunes) D

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011, G)
Jason Lee, Justin Long An existential drama about man’s search for meaning…just kidding! More shrill, inane high jinks from Alvin & Co. Pass the Excedrin. (Also on iTunes) C-

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011, R)
Goran Kosti?, Zana Marjanovi? Angelina Jolie’s debut as a writer-director has its heart in the right place, but the story — set during the war in Bosnia — doesn’t quite land. (Also on iTunes) C+

A Night to Remember (1958, Not Rated)
Kenneth More, Honor Blackman The gripping drama, released four decades before James Cameron’s Titanic, traces the final hours aboard the ill-fated ship. Criterion Blu-ray debut. B+

Die Hard (1988, R)
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman Eighties action flicks don’t get better than this skyscraper showdown between a New York cop and a Teutonic baddie. Come for John McClane, stay for Hans Gruber. Yippee-ki-yay! (On Netflix instant viewing) A-

Coming Soon
We Bought a Zoo (2011, PG)
Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson A widower and his two kids heal their hearts by reopening a run-down animal attraction. B 4/3

War Horse (2011, PG-13)
Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson Steven Spielberg’s affecting family drama chronicles World War I through the eyes of a boy and his heroic four-legged friend. A- 4/3

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