Here are seven movies being released on DVD in Jan/Feb (most of them on Jan 11 or 18). I haven’t seen them yet — but they all feel like home runs.
The Town. Great action/thriller. Also making many critics’ top ten lists.
Animal Kingdom. Looks like another wonderful performance by Guy Pearce, with great ensemble work all around. Winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance. Close study of how love from a father-figure can affect a young man in danger from the world.
The Tillman Story. True story of a young football player who turned down a 3.6 million dollar NFL contract to enlist in the Army, following the 9/11 attacks. Possibly the best documentary of 2010, at least from our perspective, dealing as it does with grief, identity, loss, and truth in the lives of particular people.
And, although it probably won’t be released on DVD for another four months, let me give some love to The King’s Speech, which is my favorite thing I have seen this year. Lovely, touching, and true meditation on how demand and grace play out in more than one life. Released last weekend in most theaters.