“Iron Man 3”
When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
The heart of the movie remains the same: the glib performance turned in by Robert Downey Jr. Even in the face of this new threat, Stark never runs out of quips. Jon Favreau mixed the quick retorts with some regular dialogue, but Shane Black’s script is so loaded with wisecracks that it begins to wear thin. It’s the type of banter that better fits a buddy cop movie.
“Hawaii Five-0, The Third Season”
The updated version of the classic TV detective series has settled into a solid rhythm because of the strong cast. Alex O’Loughlin anchors the team as the leaner, meaner version of Steve McGarrett. But, he gets a lot of support from Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
The show also works because of a strong central villain in Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos). Even when he’s not the center of the police investigation, the character continues to cast a shadow over the island.
The DVD set includes all 24 episodes, plus deleted scenes, a cast and crew gag reel and several short behind-the-scenes features.
“Unfinished Song”: Music changes the life of a grumpy man (Terence Stamp).
“Dear Mom, Love Cher”: A look at Cher’s close relationship with her family, including her mother, Georgia Holt.
“Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series”: Includes 13 episodes and two Christmas specials.
“Redemption”: A man (Jason Statham) sees the efforts to put his life in order fail because of London’s criminal underworld.
“Anything Is Possible”: Ethan Bortnick plays a young boy who must strike out on his own after his mother goes missing.
“Dark Girls”: An exploration of the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world.
“The Lady Vanishes”: New version of the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock classic.
“Foyle’s War: Set 7”: Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) takes on the world of spies.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee