This week’s DVD releases include a few acronyms, a TV miniseries and a variety of drama and comedy – a little something for every taste. Several of the releases focus on teens and their coming of age. “LOL,” “We the Party” and “Detention” each look at teens in a different way from emotionally disturbed to comedic. The miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” takes a long look at one of the longest running feuds in history. “ATM” is the perfect nail biter for fans of horror.
“Hatfields & McCoys” – The History Channel’s miniseries aired earlier this year to critical acclaim and viewer raves. Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, Had been good friends all the way up until just before the Civil War ended. They returned to their neighboring homes to discover tensions rising due to a series of misunderstandings and resentment. Starring Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Andrew Howard, Jena Malone, Sarah Parish, Lindsay Pulsipher and Ronan Vibert.
“LOL” – Really more of dramatic comedy, “LOL” is the story of Lola, a 17-year-old girl who is trying to get past her recent break up with her boyfriend by experimenting with drugs and sex and by trying to seduce her ex –boyfriend’s best friend. Her clueless mom is dealing with her own painful divorce and is oblivious to Lola’ troubles. Starring Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Douglas Booth and Adam G. Sevani. Rated PG-13
“We the Party” – The contemporary youth culture as seen through the eyes of the young is the focus of this film. Set in the culturally diverse Los Angeles area, the film takes a look at 5 high school-aged friends through their music, dance and fashion s they deal with contemporary and traditional issues like romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook and figuring out where they fit in or stand out. This is a modern day “Breakfast Club.” Starring Mario Van Peebles, Salli Richardson, Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle and YG Rated R
“ATM” – Following an office Christmas party, a romantically involved pair, David and Emily, agree to take their coworker Corey to an ATM so he can withdraw some cash. After completing their business, the 3 coworkers notice a menacing, hooded figure emerging from the darkness. They watch, helpless, as he brutally murders anyone who approaches the vestibule. The psychopath makes it clear that to leave the vestibule will result in their deaths, too. The temperatures begin falling and the terror rises as the three have to decide to engage their tormentor in his vicious sport of life and death. Starring Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Mike O’Brien and Bob Huculak. Rated R – Watch the chilling trailer on the left.
“Detention” – A spoof on the teen slasher films spiked with teen comedy, “Detention” follows a band of high-school students trying to survive their senior year without being killed. Riley, a social outcast but sharp girl is the object of Sander’s affections, feelings she does not reciprocate. Grizzly Lake High School, Sander is even more unpopular than Riley. In the popular set, there’s Clapton who’s got it bad for Ione, the beautiful but self-centered cheerleader. The four kids are trying to get through their senior year but must contend with CinderHella, a deranged serial killer who is picking off the Grizzly Lake High School’s population. The principal, trying to keep prom from becoming a slaughterhouse, puts his prime suspects in all day detention on the day of the prom. Other students at the school face typical teen problems like shape-shifting, flesh-eating diseases, time travel, and other absurdities. Starring Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook and Aaron David Johnson. Rated R
“Damsels in Distress” – Three beautiful girls take it upon themselves to transform East Coast College from its grungy, depressed condition into a happy place based on good hygiene and fun musical dance numbers. The girls begin dating some young men who threaten to undermine their plans and their sanity. Starring Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Annaleigh Tipton, Adam Brody, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf and Billy Magnussen. Rated PG-13
Southern Illinois residents can purchase any of these DVDs at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other fine retail shops. If you would prefer to rent them, Family Video has them available.
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