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"This is the End"... [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 3, 2013

YellowBrix

"This is the End" (2013, R, 107 min., $30.99) Gather a handful of the funniest actors working today, let them play themselves and put them in the same house together for the end of the world. That's the storyline for "This is the End," undoubtedly one of the funniest films of 2013. Written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen - - also a member of the cast -- the apocalyptic comedy is a wild ride that packs in plenty of outrageous laughs. Weighing in at 107 minutes, the picture does drag a bit in some areas, but, mostly, it's very entertaining, as James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Rogen take their funniest shots at survival. When Baruchel arrives in town to hang with Rogen, the two end up heading out to a party at Franco's place. The party is interrupted by mass devastation outside, and most of the guests depart to their deaths. Only a few of Franco's friends survive, and they're holed up inside the house.

"The Croods" (2013, PG, 98 min., $29.98) Easily one of the best- looking animated movies of 2013, "The Croods," written and directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, is a blend of colorful landscapes and imaginative characters. The latest from DreamWorks Animation jumps off the screen with its impressive visuals, but it falls into a trap that cripples most animated movies, focusing on the picture while forgetting about the story. With "The Croods," it's a series of cliches carried out by familiar characters inside a story that viewers have seen before. The film is set in prehistoric times, and it follows a family named the Croods. Fearing the outside world, the family spends most of its time inside the safety of the cave. One day, a stranger arrives to let the Croods know the world is coming to an end, and it sets them on a long journey with plenty of danger. Voices are provided by Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Nicolas Cage and Cloris Leachman.

"Frozen Ground" (2013, R, 105 min., $19.98) Alaska is the setting for this fast-moving thriller about a state trooper who goes beyond the call of duty to bag a serial killer who's in the middle of a murderous rampage. Key evidence puts the officer on the trail of the killer. Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens star.

"Morning" (2010, R, 95 min., $19.98) Featuring a terrific cast -- Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney and Elliott Gould -- this film follows a troubled couple struggling to deal with the death of their only child. As the grief spins out of control, it begins to destroy their relationship.

"Wild Style" (1983, R, 82 min., $29.95) One of the most influential music movies of all time, "Wild Style" makes its way to DVD for the first time in a 30th anniversary collector's edition. It's a picture that introduced graffiti artists, breakdancing and rapping to the masses, and includes names like Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.

TV ON DVD

- "New Girl: The Complete Second Season"

- "Beauty & the Beast: The First Season"

- "How I Met Your Mother: Season Eight"

- "The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fourth Season"

- "Awkward: Seasons One & Two"

- "Glee: The Complete Fourth Season"

- "Teen Mom: The Complete First Season"

- "Modern Family: The Complete Fourth Season"

- "Family Guy: Volume Eleven"

-- Garret Conti

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