RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Easy A, Salt, and Wall Street

Plus, a dance flick, an M. Night Shymalan story, and a Star Wars parody.

by | December 21, 2010 | Comments

Unlike last week, when we had a wealth of popular Certified Fresh choices, this week brings a much smaller selection of new releases. Most of them, in fact, are for direct-to-dvd films and bad horror movies you haven’t heard of. With that in mind, we bring you the five new releases and one boxset of a popular animated show’s parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. It may not be a whole lot to choose from, but there may still be a few things of interest here, so check them out!


Easy A

Emma Stone is the real deal. If you need proof, the Certified Fresh Easy A provides ample evidence that she’s funny, intelligent, and incredibly likeable. Stone stars as Olive Penderghast, whose status in her school is non-existent until rumors of her racy exploits make the rounds. Olive uses her new-found fame to her advantage, until things start to get out of hand. A contemporary update of The Scarlet Letter, Easy A is warm, occasionally hilarious, and smarter than your average teen movie fare, boasting excellent supporting performances and a star-making turn from Stone. The DVD features a making-of doc, a gag reel, commentary from Stone and director Will Gluck, and footage from Stone’s audition.



Angelina Jolie has always been a Hollywood sex symbol, but she’s also proven herself to be quite the action star as well. Salt is simply the latest in a career filled with plenty of derring-do for Jolie, from racing cars (Gone in Sixty Seconds) to curving gunshots (Wanted). This time around, Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative who’s accused of being a Russian double agent and goes on the lam to prove her innocence. In an interesting lead-up to the film, it was revealed that the script was originally penned with Tom Cruise in mind, but Mr. Mission: Impossible felt the character too closely resembled Ethan Hunt, so he declined. That should offer some indication of how strong Jolie’s action cred has become; she effectively filled the shoes of Tom Cruise. And for the most part, critics felt she did an admirable job with material they found to be predictable and, at times, ludicrously plotted. The film also co-stars Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who are no slouches themselves, so Salt should provide a reasonably entertaining evening in with some popcorn.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

In a year filled with 80s throwbacks (The Karate Kid, The A-Team, TRON: Legacy) one that really came out of nowhere was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Was anyone really that curious to know whatever happened to Gordon Gekko? In any case, Oliver Stone brought the iconic Michael Douglas character back to the screen, this time with a protégé in the form of Shia LaBeouf as Jake Moore, who teams up with Gekko in order to warn the financial sector of the imminent stock market crash in 2008 and to exact revenge on the man he believes is responsible for his mentor’s death. Critics found Money Never Sleeps to be a decent follow-up to the original, but expressed disappointment at what they felt was a subpar film coming from the likes of Stone, a strong cast (which included Frank Langella and up-and-comer Carey Mulligan), and a timely storyline. It currently sits at 54% on the Tomatometer, but should hold some interest for fans of those involved and thrillers with a hint of realism.



M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had much luck with the critics lately, and his last few films (The Last Airbender, The Happening, The Lady in the Water) have also been his worst-reviewed. So it was no surprise that trailers for Devil, which Shyamalan produced and whose story he wrote, were reportedly met with groans from movie audiences when it was revealed he was involved. However, to the credit of directors Drew and John Erick Dowdle, Devil‘s 53% Tomatometer is higher than Shyamalan’s last four efforts. The story centers around five strangers who are trapped inside a stalled elevator in a Philadelphia highrise; it’s revealed that the Devil is among them, and it’s up to them to figure out who it is, and why the five of them have been fated to wind up in the situation they’re in. Critics felt the film was passable entertainment with a few thrills to be had, but also that its premise was intriguing enough that a better movie could have resulted. Take that for what you will, but perhaps the fact that many consider this to be better than most of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest projects will offer some hope.


Step Up 3D

With the recent popularity of dance-themed television shows like So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and even Dancing with the Stars, it was only natural that a film would come along that delivered a purely cathartic dance experience for moviegoers. That movie was 2006’s Step Up, which was popular enough around the world to warrant a sequel (Step Up 2: The Streets) and, this year, its third installment, Step Up 3D. For those of you who are planning on renting this movie, you know what you’re getting, and the Step Up series has never pretended to be anything more. Will there be strong plotting and award-worthy acting? Probably not. But will there be stunning choreography and some eye-popping visuals? Most definitely. Grab this one if you want to spend an evening watching hardbodies grinding on the dance floor (or any other appropriately flashy surface); the DVD also comes with a number of music videos for the songs featured in the film.

Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy

Seth MacFarlane had a hit on his hands with animated Fox show Family Guy, which was successful enough that MacFarlane was able to get two more shows on Fox. Family Guy itself remains the flagship of the network’s Sunday Animation Domination lineup, though the series has a love-it-or-hate-it quality about it, and MacFarlane has been given the opportunity to do pretty much whatever he wants with it. Pair that with his geek leanings and you’ve got Laugh It Up Fuzzball, Family Guy‘s three-part tribute to the original Star Wars trilogy. With three double-sized episodes to mirror Episodes IV, V, and VI of Star Wars, the show celebrates (and skewers) the George Lucas classics as only Family Guy can: with lots of irreverent humor, random non-sequiturs, and Peter being an idiot. The boxset coincides with the individual release of It’s A Trap! (a parody of Return of the Jedi) and contains tons of special features dedicated to each of the installments.

Written by Ryan Fujitani and Tim Ryan

Tag Cloud

Valentine's Day Logo french MCU The Walt Disney Company police drama cartoon festivals TCM Disney legend justice league First Look Superheroe cults Chernobyl composers Acorn TV Comedy Central RT21 pirates of the caribbean natural history Alien Character Guide Fantasy Avengers Classic Film Pirates HBO Television Academy green book space 1990s critics Epix renewed TV shows cancelled TV shows Captain marvel Election 2016 BAFTA marvel cinematic universe black ViacomCBS diversity TBS australia IFC miniseries olympics Disney+ Disney Plus foreign 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards elevated horror 20th Century Fox Mudbound Sneak Peek Music golden globe awards adaptation die hard Anna Paquin 2021 football Crunchyroll children's TV Box Office true crime TruTV Holidays Toys best Comics on TV lord of the rings italian DC Comics toronto Universal Winter TV Star Wars Pop TV period drama a nightmare on elm street reboot thriller A&E TCA 2017 2019 psycho BBC One TIFF Paramount BET Awards Musical Drama Funimation 24 frames stand-up comedy National Geographic ABC Disney streaming service spain joker Spike Martial Arts Netflix Christmas movies Sony Pictures TCA Awards women Tubi godzilla See It Skip It Lionsgate TCA Winter 2020 basketball Thanksgiving dceu 93rd Oscars nbcuniversal target Podcast VH1 child's play finale sag awards Nat Geo obituary Nickelodeon zombie sports Oscars franchise cinemax San Diego Comic-Con parents south america NBC Rom-Com Sundance TV The CW golden globes American Society of Cinematographers 2018 Tokyo Olympics Fox News 71st Emmy Awards Creative Arts Emmys Mary Tyler Moore harry potter 2020 Reality Pet Sematary GoT Ellie Kemper Disney Channel spinoff Super Bowl politics video on demand Chilling Adventures of Sabrina heist movie prank blockbuster VICE spider-man rom-coms Action spanish language TV movies Women's History Month medical drama hist USA The Arrangement documentaries television Heroines Best and Worst Star Trek romance aapi TLC DGA werewolf Paramount Network social media Wes Anderson high school vampires cancelled TV series dc BBC The Witch Mary Poppins Returns Paramount Plus serial killer Premiere Dates Polls and Games Emmy Nominations Pixar FXX mockumentary Watching Series dramedy Hallmark Countdown Amazon Prime Video APB cars king kong Marathons book Endgame ratings comiccon hispanic disaster quibi IFC Films Tomatazos CBS HBO Go boxing superman The Walking Dead BET indie Trailer stoner Turner Fall TV concert Calendar cancelled television Comic Book canceled Reality Competition Adult Swim Marvel comic ghosts boxoffice dogs directors Sundance Now Lifetime Christmas movies transformers cancelled Tarantino popular Trivia NBA SundanceTV Fox Searchlight History binge archives suspense Shudder Amazon book adaptation spanish Awards hollywood revenge crime thriller Amazon Studios WGN spy thriller BBC America breaking bad christmas movies YouTube Premium telelvision jurassic park Country rt archives Masterpiece halloween tv ABC Signature sitcom Cosplay doctor who cats know your critic deadpool OWN Cannes Christmas sequels Travel Channel slashers scorecard GLAAD animated teaser movies batman Mary poppins CNN all-time OneApp The Purge Ovation Spectrum Originals Video Games new star wars movies worst movies Awards Tour movie Teen cops war festival WarnerMedia twilight First Reviews reviews Kids & Family theme song strong female leads Biopics razzies Spring TV Vudu scary movies GIFs Starz CMT science fiction Apple TV+ toy story satire docuseries Nominations PBS HBO Max YA TV renewals biography kids TV One hidden camera mission: impossible Academy Awards 2017 Song of Ice and Fire Pride Month LGBTQ anthology indiana jones venice comic books fast and furious TCA Musicals Television Critics Association remakes unscripted 21st Century Fox facebook President Winners Bravo screenings Dark Horse Comics USA Network zombies rotten movies we love TNT Tumblr Peacock Film Festival Emmys Extras comics Columbia Pictures ABC Family scene in color cooking new york New York Comic Con chucky ID Apple nfl E! Writers Guild of America screen actors guild Lifetime Black Mirror 72 Emmy Awards blockbusters Animation Broadway Brie Larson El Rey laika 4/20 Photos nature FX on Hulu PaleyFest Film PlayStation Hear Us Out new zealand Binge Guide Walt Disney Pictures game of thrones Rocketman dragons streaming Rock Pacific Islander Grammys films docudrama Warner Bros. Crackle Infographic monster movies adventure Mystery travel news Marvel Studios Certified Fresh stop motion Marvel Television Opinion RT History 90s Hulu Pop TV comedies Year in Review A24 talk show name the review FX Legendary historical drama TV Land NYCC romantic comedy Turner Classic Movies live action political drama Sci-Fi versus Ghostbusters Disney Plus Apple TV Plus Britbox ITV MSNBC anime SXSW emmy awards DC streaming service series adenture singing competition casting mutant witnail Schedule Baby Yoda AMC Black History Month crime game show crossover streaming movies documentary worst saw dark 45 Image Comics Interview Freeform Family classics zero dark thirty Amazon Prime YouTube Superheroes supernatural Arrowverse Horror Exclusive Video video Lucasfilm Syfy Esquire Trophy Talk Rocky DC Universe Showtime The Academy psychological thriller aliens SDCC CBS All Access 2015 ESPN 99% Mindy Kaling blaxploitation VOD Hallmark Christmas movies technology superhero LGBT Elton John free movies latino richard e. Grant Set visit kaiju award winner Comedy rotten Food Network independent jamie lee curtis japanese Sundance criterion YouTube Red tv talk asian-american X-Men fresh DirecTV Holiday Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sequel MTV japan trailers halloween Comic-Con@Home 2021 robots Quiz Summer universal monsters CW Seed Shondaland Cartoon Network Stephen King E3 canceled TV shows james bond kong crime drama what to watch international Red Carpet Netflix discovery based on movie 007 Western FOX Discovery Channel