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Video / DVD

New releases

A look at what's heading to the shelves

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 5, 2006


Wedding Crashers

DIRECTOR: David Dobkin

CAST: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Keir O'Donnell, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Albertini Dow

SYNOPSIS: Hedonistic con artists (Vaughn, Wilson) have a great time scamming free booze, food and women at weddings. Then one of them breaks the rules by falling in love.

WHAT WE SAID: St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall gave the movie a B+. "The dialogue is sharp, and the audacity level is off the chart," Persall wrote. "The entire project rests on Vaughn and Wilson, who together create the kind of comedic chemistry Ben Stiller failed to find with each separately."

MPAA RATING: R; sexual content, profanity, brief nudity

RUNNING TIME: 119 min.

Broken Flowers

DIRECTOR: Jim Jarmusch

CAST: Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, Chloe Sevigny, Christopher McDonald, Alexis Dziena

SYNOPSIS: Murray's back in Lost in Translation mode, playing a middle-aged man on a cross-country trip to meet old lovers and, possibly, the son he never knew he had.

WHAT WE SAID: Persall gave the film an A. "The most fascinating career metamorphosis of this generation is Bill Murray's from class clown to world-class dramatic actor. Murray became a star doing anything for a laugh. Now he excels at playing men who've forgotten how to laugh, and barely even smile," he wrote.

MPAA RATING: R; profanity, brief frontal nudity, brief drug use

RUNNING TIME: 105 min.

The Cave

DIRECTOR: Bruce Hunt

CAST: Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Rick Ravanello, Marcel Lures, Lena Headey, Piper Perabo

SYNOPSIS: Scuba divers are devoured by monstrous underwater cave dwellers.

WHAT WE SAID: The Times did not review this film.

MPAA RATING: PG-13; intense creature violence

RUNNING TIME: 97 min.

My Date with Drew

DIRECTORS: Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn, Jon Gunn

CAST: Brian Herzlinger, John Mann, Lily Rains, Eric Roberts, Corey Feldman, John August

SYNOPSIS: Fledgling filmmaker Brian Herzlinger turned his romantic obsession with Drew Barrymore into a documentary that cost $1,100 and impressed last year's Sundance Film Festival.

WHAT WE SAID: The Times did not review this film.

MPAA RATING: PG; mild thematic elements and language

RUNNING TIME: 90 min.

[Last modified January 4, 2006, 11:17:07]


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