All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to recommending these titles, I must warn you against Because I Said So, which also comes out on DVD this week: While it looks like a fun way to spend Mother's Day with your mom — don't do it! Aside from being a really bad movie, there's an incredibly awkward scene about orgasms that you may not want to watch with your parents. Okay, that's all. Onward with the worthwhile titles...
The Painted Veil
Based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil is the beautifully shot tale of a young couple, Walter (Edward Norton) and Kitty (Naomi Watts) who are enduring an empty marriage. When they move to Shanghai, Kitty falls for another man. Walter discovers her betrayal and brings Kitty with him to a remote Chinese village plagued with a deadly disease. Over time, and through their meaningful work with the villagers, however, the two come to honor each other.
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Catch and Release
This sweet romantic comedy is perfect for lazy summer nights. It isn't sophisticated filmmaking at its best, but it stars Kevin Smith in a role that I find absolutely hilarious. Jennifer Garner plays Gray, a woman whose fiance dies just before their wedding day. Grief stricken, she gradually learns that her would-be husband was not at all the man she thought he was, and she finds out what it takes to heal her heart. More of my thoughts on this movie — and my love for Kevin Smith — can be found in my review.
Music and Lyrics
Yet another light rom-com, Music and Lyrics stars Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant as an unlikely duo who pair up to write sweet song lyrics together. Romance and comedy ensue, as does a curious yet effective defense thesis for pop music as more than just pointless words set to ridiculous rehashed tunes. You can find more details in my review.