Let's take a look at the best DVDs for August 2010.
This indie comedy is about a blue-collar family that lives in the small section of the Bronx called City Island. Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard, but he sneaks off to Manhattan for an acting class taught by Michael Malakov (Alan Arkin). Vince's wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) thinks he's having an affair, but his relationship with another student (Emily Mortimer) is platonic. When Vince takes in a newly paroled prisoner, Joyce is attracted to him. Also, Vince and Joyce think their daughter is away at college, but she works as a stripper. And their son has a fetish for overweight women.
Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in this action comedy. Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey) are an ordinary suburban married couple with kids and jobs. One night they impulsively go to a trendy Manhattan restaurant for dinner, but no tables are available. Discovering that another couple, the Tripplehorns, are no-shows for their reservation, the Fosters claim to be the Tripplehorns. Soon the Fosters find themselves running away from bad guys after a computer flash drive. Ray Liotta portrays a mobster, and Mark Wahlberg plays a security expert who never wears a shirt.
Adapted from a Mark Millar comic-book series, this is a violent, but sometimes funny adventure movie. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a teenager who makes a costume out of a wet suit and becomes a masked crime-fighter known as Kick-Ass. A video of Kick-Ass at work goes viral on the Internet, and he becomes something of a sensation. Also, a father-daughter team (Nicolas Cage and 11-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz) become the crime-fighting team of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, and she is incredibly foulmouthed. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin) plays the role of Red Mist.
This is a Bollywood film set mainly in the United States and featuring Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan. The hero is Rizvan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), who is raised in India, but moves to San Francisco, where he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. He marries a beautiful divorced mother (Kajol), though she is Hindu, and he is Muslim. After 9/11, he goes on a self-appointed mission to convince Americans that he is not a terrorist. This leads him to a Guantanamo-like imprisonment to a black community in Georgia that suffers a Katrina-like disaster to a meeting with Barack Obama.
Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan star in this thriller that was co-written and directed by Roman Polanski. The film is based on Robert Harris' novel The Ghost. The protagonist is a ghostwriter (McGregor) hired to do a rewrite of the memoirs of Adam Lang (Brosnan), a former British prime minister. Lang, holed up in Massachusetts, is accused of crimes against humanity, and the ghostwriter's predecessor mysteriously drowned. With Lang are his wife (Olivia Williams) and an aide (Kim Cattrall) who may be his lover. Supporting actors include Tom Wilkinson and Eli Wallach.
Aviva Kempner made this documentary about the life and times of Gertrude Berg, best known to the American public through her hugely popular on-air character Molly Goldberg. Berg wrote, produced and played the lead in The Goldbergs
, a sitcom that aired on radio for 17 years in the 1930s and '40s and on TV for seven years ending in 1956. Molly spoke with a Yiddish accent, and the Goldberg family lived in a Bronx tenement where neighbors who wanted to talk to her yelled out their windows, "Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!" The show captured the immigrant experience in a heartwarming way.