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DVD reviews: 'The World's End' and 'We're the Millers' [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

November 21, 2013

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"The World's End" (2013, R, 109 min., $29.98). The end has come. Not the end of the world, as the title of filmmaker Edgar Wright's latest film suggests, but the end of the Cornetto Trilogy. That's the collection of films that found actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost working with Wright. Although not as fun as its predecessors -- "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" -- "The World's End" is a worthwhile last leg for the trilogy. Pegg and Frost are cool as ever in their roles, and solid additions to the cast include Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. This one finds a group of friends -- all moving past 40 -- heading back to their old stomping grounds to conquer an epic pub crawl they never finished as youngsters. As the "five musketeers" start their mission, they begin to realize something's off with their hometown, and conquering many pints of alcohol will be the least of their troubles.

"We're the Millers" (2013, R, 110 min., $28.98). A talented cast (Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter, for starters) and a fun idea for a film are wasted in this comedy that doesn't live up to its potential. Instead of taking advantage of its parts, viewers get a hefty serving of comedic cliches, poor taste and plot holes. Sure, there are funny parts, but this could have been so much better. Sudeikis takes the lead, playing the part of a drug dealer named David who gets robbed. To make things straight with his boss (Ed Helms), David has to go down to Mexico to pick up some product. David decides that the best way to fit in while crossing the border is to put together a fake family, so he pays a stripper, a homeless girl and a geek from his apartment building to go along. Once the crew is assembled, a predictable adventure is off and running.

"Planes" (2013, PG, 91 min., $29.99). Disney takes its wildly popular "Cars" franchise and slaps wings on it for its latest animated movie. "Planes" follows a crop duster named Dusty who has dreams of taking to the sky with the fastest airplanes on the planet. Unfortunately, he's not exactly built for speed. Julia Louis- Dreyfus and Brad Garrett lend their voices.

"The To Do List" (2013, R, 104 min., $30.99). Written and directed by "Funny or Die" standout Maggie Carey, this comedy focuses on a high-school valedictorian who wants to catch up on the activities she missed from studying all the time. The film's cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton and Donald Glover.

"2 Guns" (2013, R, 109 min., $29.98). Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg square off in this action picture from Baltasar Kormakur. The movie focuses on undercover operatives (Wahlberg and Washington) forced to go on the run after a drug cartel bust goes wrong. Paula Patton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Bill Paxton also star.

"All Is Bright" (2013, R, 107 min., $26.98) Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins star in a picture about two fellows looking to make a quick buck around the holidays. Dennis (Giamatti) and Rene (Rudd) turn to the Christmas-tree business on the streets of New York City, and things don't go as planned in this dark comedy from Phil Morrison.

"Crystal Fairy" (2013, NR, 98 min., $24.98). Up-and-coming filmmaker Sebastian Silva teams with Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman for this dramedy that has traveling companions on the hunt for the legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro Cactus. The fun starts when Jamie (Cera) and Crystal (Hoffman) finally close in on the cactus.

"Breaking the Girls" (2013, NR, 83 min., $24.98). After spending a night together, two women (Agnes Bruckner and Madeline Zima) make a pact to dispatch each other's enemies. When half of the pact is completed, Sarah (Bruckner) has to follow through on her part of the deal. Unfortunately, the police are already closing in after the first murder.

"And While We Were Here" (2012, R, 83 min., $24.98). Searching for something more from her life, a married writer (Kate Bosworth) falls for a younger man (Jamie Blackley) in the midst of writing her grandmother's memoir. Jane isn't unhappy in her marriage; it's just that she's looking for something a bit more romantic. Iddo Goldberg also stars.

"Violet & Daisy" (2011, R, 88 min., $29.95). Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar in 2009 for his screenplay for "Precious," wrote and directed this action comedy about two teen assassins who are in over their heads on their latest assignment. A spectacular cast -- James Gandolfini, Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel -- boost this dark picture.

"Parkland" (2013, PG-13, 93 min., $19.99). Just in time for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kernnedy's assassination, "Parkland" takes the viewer back to the events that transpired on that day in November in Dallas. The picture weaves together the stories of a handful of ordinary individuals who were touched by the horrible tragedy.

"Frances Ha" (2013, R, 86 min., $39.99). Filmmaker Noah Baumbach's latest picture follows a woman in her 20s in New York City trying to sort out her life. Starring Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner, "Frances Ha" is a laid-back picture that grips on to the uncertainties we all face as we try to find our way in life -- professionally and personally.

Garrett Conti is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at gconti@tribweb.com.

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