All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I'll sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. While the following movies didn't win any Oscars, they do star some Oscar-winning actors and are each worth a rent.
Stranger Than Fiction
IRS auditor Henry Crick (Will Ferrell) is perfectly content living his mundane life, until he starts hearing narration in his head and realizes he is the doomed main character in a novel. As the author (Emma Thompson) grapples with how to kill off Crick, he struggles to change the ending of her story. Supporting cast members include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah. For more details, check out my full review of the movie.
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Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott spearheads this adaptation of the Peter Mayle novel by the same name. The story follows workaholic bonds trader Max (Russell Crowe), who inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence where he spent much of his childhood. Amidst the gorgeous, romantic scenery, Max learns the value of taking life more slowly. All in all, it's an easy, feel-good movie with a handsome protagonist.