Snow Angles

New Releases

September 16, 2008|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

Snow Angels

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell. Directed by David Gordon Green. Warner Home Video. $27.98

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Director David Gordon Green, whose debut feature, the profoundly humanistic George Washington, caused quite the art-house stir when it was released in 2000, came perilously close to mainstream acceptance with this look at intertwined relationships that don't do anyone any good. Struggling waitress Annie (the marvelous Kate Beckinsale) is estranged from Glenn (Sam Rockwell), even though he keeps showing up to try and keep the embers of their relationship burning. There's also Arthur (Michael Angarano), for whom Annie used to babysit, and who thinks of her in ways more amorous than affectionate; Lila (Olivia Thirlby), who's attracted to Arthur; and Nate (Nicky KIatt), a married man with whom Annie has an affair.

One to rent: : Finding Amanda (Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98). Desperate to prove to his wife that he can stay off the booze and drugs and keep himself straight, TV producer Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick) sets off for Las Vegas to rescue his 20-year-old niece (Brittany Snow) from life as a prostitute.

One to avoid:: The Love Guru (Paramount, $34.99, $39.99 Blu-ray). Mike Myers plays a self-help guru in a film that, so far, is the most derided release of the year. Look for it at next February's Razzie Awards.

One for the kids:: 101 Dalmatians (Disney, $29.99). Though a poor substitute for the animated original, this 1996 live-action remake benefits from casting Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil, a role she was born to play (and makes the most of). Also available today: Close in the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians ($29.99) and the animated sequel to the original film, 2003's 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure ($29.99).

One for the archives:: Eddie Murphy Delirious: 25th Anniversary Edition (Starz/Anchor Bay, $24.97). Murphy at his scabrous best, partially filmed at D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.

Also available this week: The Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 5 (Fox Home Video, $49.98), Diane Lane in Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (Rhino, $19.95), Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay in Risky Business, Deluxe Edition (Warner Home Video, $19.96).

Chris Kaltenbach

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