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This week brings a lot of new releases, and two of the summer’s most talked about films, one starring Johnny Depp, the other starring Matt Damon. There’s something for everyone.

New:

  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: This arthouse hit helped launch a directorial career for filmmaker David Lowery, and the film is supposed to be pretty good too.
  • Elysium: Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi parable thudded upon release with its obvious metaphorical content about healthcare, but there’s also plenty of mech stuff and violence, so it’s not all terrible.
  • The Family: That was a pretty quick turnaround time on this Robert De Niro vehicle hitting home video. The film tanked, but still.
  • Justified: The Complete Fourth Season: One of the best shows on television right now, season 4 of Justified figured out how to tell a serialized story over the course of a season that wasn’t about a big bad, which became repetitive over the first three seasons. Excellent work by all, specifically Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins.
  • Kick-Ass 2: A polarizing effort, this sequel follows Kick-Ass on his further adventures, and is probably most notable for Jim Carrey refusing to publicize the film.
  • The Lone Ranger: Every step of the way this movie seemed like a bad idea, and so when it came out, so were the knives. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in this reboot of the Lone Ranger, which got killed in its summer release. The film has its fans and defenders, so perhaps home video will see a reappraisal.
  • One Direction: This Is Us: No Comment.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: They got a second film in the series made, which is good news for The Mortal Instruments.
  • Prisoners: Another wide release with a quick home video release. Hugh Jackman stars in this thriller that might have been an awards contender if it wasn’t so goofy.

Classics:

  • The Beast Within, Crawlspace: Scream Factory has done it again.
  • The Blue Angel: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition: Kino is bringing the film that made Marlene Dietrich famous, in this tale of a nightclub singer who ruins the life of a man.

What are you picking up this week?