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DVD reviews: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' 'No' and 'The Call'

June 27, 2013

YellowBrix

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (2013, PG-13, 100 min., $28.98) A cast that includes Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin is the best part of an inconsistent movie that doesn't have an identity. A comedy at heart, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" shuffles between the very different dark and family comedy genres, but the film is largely a disappointment. The pic finds Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) enjoying much acclaim as magic partners with their own Vegas show. The partnership is cruising for trouble because of the emergence of a crazy street magician named Steve Gray (Carrey) and the huge ego of Wonderstone, who refuses to update his old-fashioned act. When the partners split, and they're booted from their casino show, Wonderstone goes through some humbling times. He takes a few steps back and realizes what he missed about magic. With some new parts in his act, Wonderstone has what it takes to return to the top.

"No" (2012, R, 118 min., $30.99) Revolution is at the heart of "No," an entertaining picture that's based on an unpublished play from Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta. The film explores the 1988 plebiscite that removed Gen. Augusto Pinochet from Chilean rule. Voters selecting Yes backed Pinochet, while those picking No wanted the dictator removed. At the heart of the No campaign is advertising wiz named Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal). Despite threats and harassment, Saavedra delivers a superior campaign that gives his side hope in times of great uncertainty in Chile.

"The Call" (2013, R, 94 min., $30.99) Boasting one of the worst movie names in quite a while, "The Call," which has Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin in lead roles, isn't as bad as it sounds. Berry has the part of a 911 operator who excels at her job. One night, though, she loses a victim. The situation haunts her, and she decides to become an instructor at her call center. Things are going fine until she's forced back into action in a kidnapping that's eerily similar to the one that sent her to the sidelines. This time, however, she's not giving up without a fight.

"Pusher" (2012, R, 89 min., $24.98) Visionary filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher" trilogy serves as the inspiration for this picture from director Luis Prieto. The gritty movie follows a drug dealer (Richard Coyle) who finds himself in some trouble after a drug deal gone bad.

"Upside Down" (2012, PG-13, 100 min., $22.98) Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess and Timothy Spall lead the cast in a film from Juan Solanas about two young lovers forced apart because of the opposing planets they live on. When Adam's (Sturgess) feelings for Eden (Dunst) are rekindled, he decides to go after her again, despite their unique situation.

"Phantom" (2013, R, 97 min., $22.98) A top-notch cast, including Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner, gathers for this picture about a Russian submarine during the Cold War. With a washed- up captain at the helm, a nuclear-armed sub is selected to take on a secretive mission that will test all aboard.

"As Luck Would Have It" (2011, NR, 98 min., $24.98) Jose Mota and Salma Hayek play lead characters in this dark comedy about an unemployed man struggling to find his next opportunity. At the end of his rope, Roberto (Mota) is involved in a freak accident, and it propels him into a situation that might save him.

"The Rambler" (2013, R, 97 min., $22.98) A popular pic on the film festival circuit, "The Rambler" -- starring Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher and Natasha Lyonne -- follows a stranger (Mulroney) recently released from prison who decides to make a cross- country trek, where work and his family are waiting. Staying out of trouble will be tough, though.

TV ON DVD

- "CSI: NY, The Ninth Season"

- "Nova: Australia's First 4 Billion Years"

-- Garrett Conti

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