Sometimes the weeks are light ones, such as this one. Not every week can have a whole huge list of big screen hits when it comes to the movies on DVD. This week, there is really only one film that did anything at the box office and is now poised to continue making money for the movie studio via home theaters. That film stars Robert Downey, Jr., in the sequel to one of his biggest hits where he plays the most famous detective the world has ever known.
Here are a short list of movies due out on DVD this week, June 12, 2012:
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows – Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace. Director Guy Ritchie returns to the story of the great detective. Just like his hugely popular first film, Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie ramps up the action and fancy camera work and special effects to turn Holmes from a guy standing there smoking a pipe and deducing the crook to an action/martial arts hero. In this one, Holmes is back with his longtime companion Dr. Watson to stop the madman Moriarty from starting a huge world-wide war with his advanced weaponry. The story is loosely based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale The Final Problem, but the adaptation is a very loose one. Holmes matches wits with a nemesis that may be his equal in almost every way in the form of Moriarty. The action is intense and moves very fast. This movie did not receive reviews as warm as the first movie, but remains a solid piece of entertainment for fans of the first film. Rated PG-13.
Thin Ice – Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup. A small film that sort of came and went from the theaters when it was released in 2011, this one follows an insurance agent who ends up very over his head. Kinnear plays the agent who, for all intents and purposes, is more of a con man than a legit businessman. He believes that every sale involves telling a tale and selling the person on that particular tale. He runs into Arkin’s character and soon discovers that the man is sitting on something that could be very valuable on his property and sets about to try and con the man out of his worth. However, Crudup’s character, who is a bit unstable, ups the ante when he goes off in a rage on the old man. Before long, the insurance man is caught over his head, trying to hide a body, watching his back from back-stabbing partners, and trying to avoid the law. A mixture of the macabre and humor in this one. Rated R.
Good Deeds – Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Jamie Kennedy. This is one of the few films where Perry does not dress up as a large white-haired woman. Perry plays a man named Deeds who has always been a good man who followed the rules and liked order in his life. He is engaged to be married and all seems well until he meets a woman down on her luck (Newton) and who happens to work on the cleaning crew in his office building. He makes an offer to help her crawl out of the hole she is in and, suddenly, his well-ordered world is turned upside down. Maybe, however, he will discover that what he thought he wanted was not really what he needed. Rated PG-13.
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