Recent DVD releases

  • Wed Jul 18th, 2012 4:18pm
  • Life

“Friends With Kids”

Best friends decide to have a baby together. Adam Scott stars.

The film from writer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt takes one step further the concept of best friends having uncommitted sex. Best buds Jason (Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) plan to have sex one time so they can conceive a child.

They want offspring, but they also want to keep dating. They plan to share child-raising duties equally.

It’s an idea that their friends and the audience know from the start just won’t work. Both begin to get jealous of the other’s love life and that eventually affects their agreement.

Grade: C-

“Lockout”

A rogue cop (Guy Pearce) must infiltrate a space prison to save the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace).

“Lockout” would be little more than a movie version of a second-tier video game without Guy Pearce. The irreverence, cockiness and bravado he brings to the character of Snow is almost electric enough to put this action film in the same league as “Die Hard.”

Almost isn’t good enough, though. That means this tale of a rogue cop who battles impossible odds ends up more in the category of “Cobra.”

Grade: C

Also new

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”: A British fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is asked to help bringing fly-fishing to the desert.

“Casa De Mi Padre”: Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language comedy.

“American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night”: Kevin Spacey narrates.

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”: The Alphonse Fletcher University professor looks into the DNA of American culture.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)