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September 6, 2013

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Coming Sept. 10

"Star Trek Into Darkness" (PG-13, 132 minutes, in English and Klingon with subtitles, Paramount): Bright, bold, playful and ingenious, action impresario J.J. Abrams' prequel to the classic 1960s television show (and subsequent film series) possesses equal amounts of respect and cheek. The nervy reboot can be summed up as a triumph of casting. From the moment Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana showed up in Abrams' "Star Trek" four years ago, it was clear he had found the right actors to portray Capt. James Kirk, First Officer Spock and Communications Officer Uhura in their years as Starfleet rookies. In "Darkness," the USS Enterprise crew is back -- including "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho). But the casting coup is Benedict Cumberbatch, a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis. Blu-ray extras: "Creating the Red Planet" featurette, "Attack on Starfleet" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Klingon Home World" featurette, "The Enemy of My Enemy" featurette, "Ship to Ship" visual effects featurette, "Brawl by the Bay" preparation for the film's climax, "Continuing the Mission," an inspiring look at the partnership between the film's crew and a veterans organization.

"Love Is All You Need" (R, 110 minutes, Sony): If for some reason you were hoodwinked into seeing "The Big Wedding," maybe it's time for a small one: The slight, modestly absorbing "Love Is All You Need" trots out some conceits and conventions similar to its overstuffed Hollywood cousin, but does so with such tenderness that it feels like a healing balm. Filmmaker Susanne Bier won an Oscar a few years ago for "In a Better World," her haunting meditation on violence. She positions "Love Is All You Need" as a 180-degree turn into romantic comedy, but there aren't many laugh-out-loud moments. Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a middle-aged hairdresser in Copenhagen, is grappling with crises both medical and marital when she embarks on a trip to Italy for the wedding of her daughter, Astrid. Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a widowed fruit-and-vegetable magnate, is making the same journey. Contains brief sexuality, nudity and some profanity. Extras: Commentary with Brosnan and Bier; Q-AND-A with Brosnan, Dyrholm, Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen; behind-the-scenes featurette with Dyrholm; cast interviews from the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

"Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" (PG-13, 95 minutes, Lionsgate): Craig Robinson, "The Office" co-star and Judd Apatow utility player, makes a play for leading man with uneven results in "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples," a bland romantic comedy. Playing opposite Kerry Washington -- in a wan, underwritten departure from her wildly popular "Scandal" persona -- Robinson sings, mugs, riffs and vamps his way through a barely warmed-over version of "Meet the Parents" redux. Robinson plays Wade Walker, a would-be child therapist who has carved out a living singing inspirational songs to children. Wade's girlfriend, Grace Peeples (Washington), is a successful lawyer, and has studiously avoided introducing Wade to her high- achieving family. Contains sexual content, drug material and profanity. Extras: commentary with Chism, producer Stephanie Allain and actors Robinson, Washington, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams, Kali Hawk, Malcolm Barrett and Kimrie Lewis-Davis; "Meet the Peeples" three-part featurette, gag reel.

"Chasing Ice" (unrated, 75 minutes, New Video): The documentary by Jeff Orlowski follows nature photographer James Balog as he documents melting glaciers, beginning in 2007, in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. The project works like this: Balog sets up still cameras that have been programmed to take a picture, once every hour, for three years, of the same glacier, from a fixed spot. The idea is that those pictures, when played back, will show a dramatic and undeniable shrinkage. The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice-over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly un-glacial pace. And Balog himself is also falling apart. Contains brief obscenity.

Also: "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" (documentary), "Wish You Were Here" (Australia), "Sisters & Brothers," "Blood," "Ping Pong" (documentary, Britain), "La Cage aux Folles" (1978, France, The Criterion Collection), "The Last Keepers," "The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary Edition" (1993, Disney), "Parade's End" (HBO), "An American Hippie in Israel" (1972, aka "The Hitch Hiker," Israel), "Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk" (animated), "Hammer of the Gods," "Frankenstein's Army," "The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow" and "How to Be the Life of the Party" and "Flair Bartending: The Working Flair Series" (both Shelter Island).

Television Series: "Homeland Season Two," "Chicago Fire: Season One," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8," "Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season," "Luther 3" (BBC), "Blue Bloods -- The Third Season," "The League Season 4," "Sesame Street: C is for Cooking," "Dora the Explorer: Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure" (Nickelodeon), "Chime Time Adventures" (Nick Jr. TV) and "Mama's Family" (three-disc first season set, four-disc second season set and a single "favorites" compilation from seasons one and two, Star Vista/Time Life).

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