March 31, 2009 - New DVD and Video Releases:
Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star in this family film based on the best-selling memoir by John Grogan. Grogan was a newspaper columnist who wrote about "the world's worst dog," his unruly and destructive Labrador retriever Marley (played by 22 canines). In the movie, Wilson portrays John Grogan, and Aniston plays John's wife Jenny. Alan Arkin portrays John's curmudgeonly editor, and Kathleen Turner appears as a dog trainer who throws Marley out of obedience school. The film is basically a portrait of the Grogans' marriage, their three kids and their faithful dog Marley.
Will Smith stars in this film with a bewildering dramatic structure where the viewer is not supposed to be able to grasp what's going on until late in the movie. Smith portrays a man named Thomas who injects himself into the lives of several people, including a blind, piano-playing salesman (Woody Harrelson) and a woman (Rosario Dawson) who needs a heart transplant. It eventually emerges that Thomas has done something in the past for which he seeks atonement. The second word in the film's title is a reference to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, this is an energetic, exhilarating melodrama set in Mumbai. It's a Dickensian rag-to-riches tale filled with color, movement and Oscar-winning music. The protagonist is an orphan named Jamal, who becomes a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Shots of him on the TV show are intercut with those of him undergoing a brutal interrogation, while flashbacks reveal his youth in the slums. Jamal's brother and girlfriend are also key story elements, and three different actors portray each of the main characters.