Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Are you a fan of gore-com like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland? Then add this horror comedy of errors to your Netflix queue, stat. Alan Tudyk ("Firefly" fans will recognize him) and Tyler Labine star as two easygoing, regular-Joe hillbillies who just want a quiet fishing vacation away at their dream cabin in the sticks, when some obnoxious college kids barge in and ruin their best-laid plans.
One misunderstanding after another, and suddenly the kids are accidentally killing themselves all over the guys' property by way of stakes in the ground and a woodchipper. The movie pokes loving fun at the genre at the same time it may be the bloodiest comedy ever made, and Tudyk and Labine's snappy dialogue and easy chemistry make this a must-see for horror junkies. Extras: Making-of and commentary with both leads and debut director Eli Craig (DVD/BD).
Cave of Forgotten Dreams The Chauvet Cave paintings in France sat undiscovered for thousands of years until 1994. Since then, access to them has been extremely limited. Director Werner Herzog and a tiny film crew were allowed to film the 32,000-year-old paintings (in 3D, even), and the result is nothing short of amazing: buffalo roam alongside cave bears and woolly mammoths, horses gallop across rocky landscapes, untouched by human hand or the environment. Herzog offers his quirky, lilting commentary throughout and interviews a variety of scientists and historians to get backstory and theories about the drawings. Nobody will ever know their secrets, but it's a beautiful mystery indeed. Extras: Optional French subtitles, theatrical trailer (DVD); the BD has a terrific Q&A with the director and a short film about the score by composer Ernst Reijseger. It's also available in 3D for those of you properly equipped techies.
Our Idiot Brother I'm a huge Paul Rudd fan and had hopes for this, but sadly it misfires in so many other ways not even his fair performance can save it. He stars as Ned, a well-meaning but astoundingly naive brother of three unlikable sisters (Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel) who can't live without him, but can't live with him either. When he gets out of jail on an unfortunate pot charge, the scraggle-bearded doofus up-ends each of their lives--it should be funny, but the sisters are so thoroughly uninteresting and annoying, and the plot so meanderingly boring, that the whole shebang goes nowhere. Extras: Director commentary, making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes (please god, no...) (DVD/BD).
Another Earth Sundance folks loved this one, about a young woman who falls for the man whose family she killed in a drunk driving accident--he just doesn't know it. Can she find redemption? What about her doppelganger--on the other Earth in the sky? Seems scientists have found a duplicate planet, where everyone lives identical lives. Extras: Deleted scenes, music video, making-of featurettes (DVD/BD).
The Smurfs Those three-apple-high blue people hit the Big Apple when the evil Gargamel chases them out of their village. Can Neil Patrick Harris help get them home safe and sound? Good for kids, fans of the cartoon, and anyone who can handle Smurf-jugation. And by that you know who you are. Extras: "Find the Smurfs" game, commentary, two making-of featurettes, music montage (DVD); the BD adds a third featurette, "The Smurfs Fantastic Adventure Game," deleted/extended scenes and more. A holiday gift set includes an all-new Christmas movie.
Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis embark on a doomed attempt at having an intimate relationship -- without any emotional intimacy. Co-starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg and snowboarding star Shaun White in his debut acting role. Extras: Star/director commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes (DVD/BD); the BD adds pop-up trivia and two featurettes.
Also new Tuesday:
30 Minutes or Less - A comedy about a pizza delivery guy who gets kidnapped and forced to wear a bomb to rob a bank, and enlists his estranged pal? Yeah, it was about as funny as it sounds.
One Day - Anne Hathaway adopts an English accent.
The Future- Miranda July's whimsical, sad tale about relationships, (non)committment, and loss, as told from the cat's point of view.
The Art of Getting By
Seven Days In Utopia
Will you be renting (or even buying) any of these new releases?