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Bill Milner, left, and Will Poulter in the sprited coming-of-age film
Bill Milner, left, and Will Poulter in the sprited coming-of-age film "Son of Rambow." (By Maggie Ferreira -- Paramount Vantage)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

New DVDs you can watch this weekend:

MARQUEE NAMES

· Chicago 10 (R) This film by Brett Morgen chronicles the antiwar demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and uses animation to reenact the trial that followed. The Post's Ann Hornaday loved it, saying that "viewers are plunged completely into the anarchic, exhilarating, finally ambiguous world of 1968 America; the stroke of genius is the choice of music, which includes a breathtaking use of Eminem's 'Mosh.' "

· Redbelt (R) This morality tale from David Mamet is set in the world of Brazilian jujitsu, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man who runs a martial arts academy in Los Angeles. Post critic Stephen Hunter says that the movie can be confusing but that it's memorable for its "portrait of a man of honor in a sleazy world." Extras include a Q&A with Mamet and fighter profiles.

· Son of Rambow (PG-13) The Post's Desson Thomson calls this coming-of-age movie a "charming account of the growing friendship between two English boys in the early 1980s. . . . They infuse this story with a crowd-pleasing combination of buoyant spirit and occasionally dark humor." Extras include the short film that was the inspiration for the movie. Available at select retailers.

· What Happens in Vegas (PG-13) Hunter says this isn't a great movie, but it does provide a lot of laughs, not to mention noteworthy performances from its two stars, Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, who end up married and millionaires one drunken evening in Vegas. Extras include an interview with Diaz and Kutcher, a gag reel and extended scenes.

· Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (PG-13) Director-writer-producer Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") travels to Mediterranean and South Asian countries in a halfhearted effort to locate bin Laden. Hunter praises Spurlock's interview techniques but says the film falls short, adding, "It isn't helped by a frequently screened scene of [Spurlock] standing outside a cave in Afghanistan whispering, "Osama? Osama, are you there?" Extras include an animated history of Afghanistan and an interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

OTHERS OF NOTE

· a/k/a Tommy Chong (Unrated) This documentary chronicles the arrest and imprisonment of Chong (of Cheech and Chong), which some argue was politically motivated, for selling bongs over the Internet.

· Errol Flynn Westerns Collection (Unrated) Four westerns from the swashbuckling star, with such special features as vintage newsreels and cartoons.

· Virgin Territory (R) Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton ("The O.C.") star in this comedy set in 14th-century Florence.

· Purple Violets (Unrated) This romantic comedy from Edward Burns also stars Patrick Wilson, Selma Blair and Deborah Messing.


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