New to DVD: July 1, 2008

Vantage Point (Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, and William Hurt)

In Columbia Pictures’ action-packed thriller Vantage Point, eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. Thomas Barnes and Kent Taylor are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide in the hunt for the assassin. In the crowd is Howard Lewis, an American tourist who thinks he’s captured the shooter on his camcorder while videotaping the event for his kids back home. Also there, relaying the historic event to millions of TV viewers across the globe, is American TV news producer Rex Brooks. As they and others reveal their stories, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place…and it will become apparent that shocking motivations lurk just beneath the surface. (Columbia Pictures)

Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson)

Ryan, Wade, and Emmit attend their first day at high school and they’re pumped…until they meet up with Filkins, a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins’ reign of terror, they seek out some protection by placing an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response (and the cheapest) comes from Drillbit Taylor, a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a homeless–he likes to say “home-free”–existence on the beach. He enrolls them in some physical and mental training. (Paramount Pictures)

War, Inc (John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Ben Kingsley, and Dan Aykroyd)

War, Inc. is a political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former U.S. Vice President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the warn-torn nation offers, the corporations CEO hires Hauser , a hit man, to kill a Middle Eastern oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation’s Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah, an outrageous Central Asian pop star and keeping a sexy left-wing reporter in check. (First Look Studios)

My Blueberry Nights (Jude Law, Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz)

In Wong Kar Wai’s debut English-language feature, the internationally acclaimed director takes his audience on a dramatic journey across the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning. After a rough breakup, Elizabeth sets out on a trip across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream, and a soulful new friend, a cafe owner, all to search for something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop, his estranged wife, and a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself. (Weinstein Company)

Sex and Death 101 (Winona Ryder, Simon Baker, Leslie Bibb, Julie Bowen, Sophie Monk, Mindy Cohn, Dash Mihok, and Patton Oswalt)

Roderick Blank is a successful executive and ladies’ man whose life is turned around by an e-mail that includes the names of everyone he’s had and ever will have sex with. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Shotgun Stories ( Michael Shannon, Barlow Jacobs, Natalie Canerday, Glenda Pannell, Michael Abbott Jr., and Travis Smith)

Son Hayes never speaks of the scars on his back. The shotgun pellets left under his skin make for a sporadic pattern of blue-black dots. The men he works with take bets on how he got them. His brothers, Boy and Kid Hayes, don’t discuss it. His past, just like the scars, is never far behind him. This stands true for the memory of his father, a man who never bothered to give his children proper names. He left the three brothers, Son, Boy, and Kid, when they were young. Their last impressions of him were of a violent drunk who never hesitated to put his own needs ahead of his family’s. The brothers were left to be raised by their mother, a hateful woman who to this day blames her children for the life she’s been left with and the loss of the man she couldn’t keep. Their father, having left the memory of his children as completely as he left their home, managed to move on and put his life back together. He sobered up, became a devout Christian, married a wonderful woman, and fathered four new sons–all of whom received proper names. His life became a model that most would aspire to–a man successful in business, community, and family–with his only true failing being the sons he turned his back on. (Liberation Entertainment)

Meet the Browns (Tyler Perry, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Angela Bassett, Lance Gross, Chloe Bailey, Mariana Tolbert, and Rick Fox)

A single mother living in inner-city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she’s laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time–until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she’s never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father’s fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed…and finds a brand-new romance that just might change her life. (Lionsgate)

City of Men (Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Rodrigo dos Santos)

Growing up in a culture dictated by violence, as well as street gangs, teenagers Acerola and Laranjinha have become close as brothers. With their 18th birthdays fast approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find the father he never met, while Acerola struggles to raise his own young son. But when they suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends are forced to confront a shocking secret from their shared past. (Miramax)

Summary Source: Metacritic

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