I like to go through a little bit of post-Oscars decompression wherein I watch movies that are closer to the fun side of the spectrum. Thankfully, there a few new popcorn flicks out on DVD and ripe for rental, and though there's one nominee in the mix, it's still an easy one to watch.
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star in romantic comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? as a married but separated couple who witness a murder and have to go into the witness protection program. The NYC residents and staunch city slicker stereotypes are shipped off to Montana, to their extreme discomfort, where they of course reconnect. It's an entirely predictable plot, but it makes a decent rental if you're a rom-com lover.
The DVD extras include a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and commentary track with the director and Parker and Grant.
Disney's latest animated film, The Princess and the Frog may not have won the Oscar, but the tale, of a princess who falls for a frog (really a dashing prince) is a sweet one. It may be intended for a younger audience, but Disney's movies rarely disappoint — especially since the '20s-set flick is a jazzy musical, with not one but two tunes that were up for best original song this year.
Extras on the DVD include deleted scenes, a music video by Ne-Yo, a "Princess Portraits" game, and featurettes such as one about the movie's return to hand-drawn animation.
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Astro Boy is another animated movie available today, and this time it's a futuristic, CGI film based on the Japanese series. The main characters are voiced by a few actors I like, with Freddie Highmore as the robotic boy himself, Kristen Bell as Cora, and Bill Nighy as the villain, Dr. Elefun.
Bonus features on the DVD include a couple of animated shorts starring Astro Boy, interviews with the animators, and clips of the actors in the voice-over booth.