Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 22, 2013

– by Gig Patta

Discs A few movies will be on Blu-ray and DVD this week. The best picks will be cop movie “End of Watch,” and the drama “The Paperboy.” And for the direct-to-DVD movies will include action sequel flicks “Death Race 3: Inferno” and “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.”

End of Watch

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Synopsis: From the writer of Training Day, END OF WATCH is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country's most dangerous drug cartel.

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The Paperboy

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Synopsis: A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar®-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. Based on the provocative bestselling novel by Pete Dexter (MulhollandFalls, Rush), The Paperboy peels back a sleepy small town’s decades-old façade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.

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Death Race 3: Inferno

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Synopsis: Death Race 3 will take place in a different prison in Africa, where the iconic character Frankenstein (played by Luke Goss) has to race his fellow prisoners in all newly designed and newly build “Death Race Cars.”

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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

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Synopsis: John wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux. While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol. As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott, John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

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Fat Kid Rules the World

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Synopsis: TROY BILLINGS is fat. His life sucks. He’s about to end it all by jumping in front of a bus, when MARCUS MACRAE, a charismatic punk rock superstar, tackles him to the ground and changes his life forever.

Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence.

Brief Review: “Fat Kid Rules the World” is a good adaptation of the K.L. Going’s young adult novel. The movie is very interesting about two unlikely friends that come together to form a band in Seattle. There are moments of surprising hilarious parts and the drama tackles many teenage issues well. It marks as a great directorial debut for actor Matthew Lillard. B-

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Also out this week:

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Film Death Race 3: Inferno, End of Watch, Fat Kid Rules the World, The Paperboy, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning