New on DVD: 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'The Campaign'
Posted November 1, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed
2012, FilmDistrict, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36
A reporter and two interns from a Seattle magazine track down whoever placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. It turns out to be a paranoid grocery clerk (Mark Duplass) who has what he says is a time machine and intends to go back in time to save a deceased girlfriend. He and one of the interns (Aubrey Plaza) grow close. Other mysteries unravel, and maybe there's something to his time machine.
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says * * * * out of four: "A charming blend of sci-fi and rom-com, Safety Not Guaranteed delivers in both universes — and everywhere in between."
2012, Warner Bros., R, $29; DVD+Blu-ray, $36
A cynical North Carolina congressman (Will Ferrell) takes re-election for granted until he mistakenly leaves an explicit message for his lover on a family's phone. Suddenly, he's in a dogfight with a naïve tourism director (Zach Galifianakis) unwittingly being used by powerful business interests. The fate of their town may depend on the outcome. Puig: * * 1/2
2012, Fox Searchlight, R, $30; Blu-ray, $30
A frustrated writer (Paul Dano) dreams of a woman and begins to write about her after he wakes up. The more he writes, the more he falls in love with the character. The next day, he comes home to find the woman (Zoe Kazan) there in the flesh. He finds that he can change her moods and personality by writing about her, but it stresses their relationship. Puig: * * *
2011, IFC Films, not rated, $25
This French film won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It follows the daily grind of the officers of the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian Police. In addition to a gritty depiction of the high-stress cases they work, the drama focuses on the effect of the job on their personal lives.
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