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New on Home Video: Recent Bombs and Old Classics

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"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the swords-and-sandals-and-sorcery epic based on the video game of the same name.
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This week's selection is once again a bucket of new suck and a slew of classics, including at least 4 of the 200 greatest films of all time. So instead of spending another night starting balefully at your mockingly silent phone, why not watch other people actually doing things?

"Just Wright" (2010)
This romantic comedy stars rappers Queen Latifah and Common as a physical therapist and the NBA star she nurses back to health. It's sad to see so much talent squandered on a paint-by-numbers rom-com that's less satisfying than a rerun of "Saved by the Bell." Available on Blu-ray and DVD, read our full review and watch the trailer

"Letters to Juliet" (2010)
Amanda Seyfried stars as a young woman who travels to Italy where she comes across what is believed to be the home of Juliet Capulet. There, she discovers a decades old letter written by a woman, played by Vanessa Redgrave, setting in motion two romances. Ugh. Available on Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this video-game adaptation from director Mike Newell and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Despite the presence of Gemma Arterton (who will one day look back at this and laugh) and the great Ben Kingsley (who has bills to pay), we avoided this like the plague -- and the rest of America.  Available on Blu-ray and DVD, watch the trailer

"My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" (2010)
From director Werner Herzog, stars Michael Shannon as a man who, some months after a near-death experience, kills his mother with a sword. While the story at the heart of the film is intriguing enough, the film is ultimately a mess that feels like Herzog is doing a cover of a David Lynch film. The fact that it went straight to DVD should've been a clue. Available on DVD, read our full review and watch the trailer

"The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy (2001-03)
If you're one of those people who needs to be told about these films, we're sorry to say we simply don't have enough space to get into it here. Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailers

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
A great film based on a great book and featuring a great performance from Jack Nicholson, tells the story of Randall Patrick McMurphy who opts for a psyche ward over prison, a decision that turns out to be a terrible mistake. Incredibly funny, deeply sad.
Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailer

"Seven" (1995)
The film that put director David Fincher on the map, this great neo noir stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as a pair of cops on the trail of a serial murderer who targets people who commit one of the seven deadly sins. Super creepy, great twist. Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailer

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
Jodie Foster is an FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, and the only one who can help her catch him is the notorious evil genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lechter, played by Anthony Hopkins. The film swept the 1992 Academy Awards winning Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress. Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailer

"The Third Man" (1949)
Joseph Cotton is an American in post-WW II Vienna who becomes embroiled in a nefarious plot involving black-market penicillin, a faked death, forged passports and a femme fatale. Co-stars Orson Welles. Adapted for the screen by the book's author, the great Graham Greene. Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailer

"Carrie" (1976)
Brian De Palma directs Sissy Spacek in this tale from horror master Stephen King about a high school student who is pushed too far, unleashing the full fury of her telekinetic powers. Available on Blu-ray, watch the trailer

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