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Full seasons of several TV shows hit DVD this week, including “2 Broke Girls.” “2 BROKE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON,” GRADE B-MINUS: Although the series fell into some comedy ruts in the final episodes of the first season, there are still enough laughs on the menu for this show about two waitresses from opposite sides of the track who work and live together. Beth Behrs continues to play the comedy way over the top. And the writers have gotten a little lazy with the street-tough char-


ALSO OPENING What: “Cold Light of Day” (not screened for critics) Starring: Henry Cavill, Veronica Echegui, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri Genre: Action/Thriller Plot summary: After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. Running time: 93 minutes Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual content Source: IMDB

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This Ritter flick is no ‘B’ movie Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Rachel Bilson (“The O.C.”), Kristen Johnston (“Third Rock From The Sun”) and Jason Biggs (“American Pie.”) Shot in 2010, “Life Happens” received a limited theatrical run in April. It deserved a much bigger launch, considering the film is funnier, richer and sweeter than most mainstream comedies. Part of what distinguishes “Life Happens” is

the way in which Ritter and cowriter/director Kat Coiro allow each member of the cast to shine. The never-better Bosworth shines brightest as an author who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go out and get it. And playing a single mom lets Ritter, a whiz at sarcasm, show off a softer side. It might take some digging to find it, but check this sleeper out. “Life Happens” is touching and vital.

Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.

ity. 99 mins. ★★★. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT – Scrat again causes a cataclysmic event. PG for rude humor, action. 87 mins. ★★ LAWLESS — If you can accept that Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke could be brothers in this century or any other, you might be able to immerse yourself in the artfully pulpy allure of this story, based on the true story of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers. R for bloody violence, language and sexuality/ nudity. 110 mins. ★★ 1/2 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS – Joss Whedon’s effects-driven Marvel superheroes smash-up. PG-13 for violence, adult themes. 143 mins. ★★ 1/2 THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN — A childless couple is mystically granted a test run at parenthood. PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. 104 mins. ★★ THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE – Meet three brightly colored, oversize felty young friends, plus a talking pillow, fish, window and vacuum cleaner. Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie get Schluufy some magic balloons for his birthday. When the balloons get away, they set off on an adventure around Lovelyloveville to get them back, aided by Ruffy, Windy and J. Edgar (yes, he’s the vacuum). No more can be said. G. 83 mins. ★ PARANORMAN — The frequently wondrous and whimsical visuals far surpass the disappointingly slipshod story of an 11-year-old boy named Norman who can see and speak to the dead. PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, rude humor and language. 92 mins. ★★ POSSESSION – Swap the clerical collars for a yarmulke, change the sacred incantations from Latin to Hebrew, leave out the pea soup, and you have a passable PG-13 version of “The Exorcist,” the granddaddy of all exorcism movies. PG-13 for mature theme, violence and disturbing sequences. 91 mins. ★ 1/2


Before she snagged the starring role in “Don’t Trust the B----In Apartment 23,” Shickshinny-reared actress Krysten Ritter co-wrote and starred in “Life Happens” (2012, Universal, R, $20 ), a tangy comedy about an L.A. dog walker named Kim who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand. The focus isn’t on Kim’s romantic life, though a cute guy (Geoff Stults) catches her eye, but on the ways in which new motherhood impacts her friendship with her best friend Deena (a cheeky Kate Bosworth). Rounding out the cast are

2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA – This promises to demystify the president but does more to illuminate its filmmaker and his ego. PG for adult themes. 89 mins. ★ THE APPARITION – A “Paranormal Activity” knockoff with effects as generic as the cookiecutter mission revival in which it’s set. PG-13 for terror/images and sensuality. 82 mins. ★ THE BOURNE LEGACY — This fourth film in the franchise is really about drug addiction and the lengths to which a junkie will go for his fix. PG-13 for violence and action. 135 mins. ★★ 1/2 BRAVE — A beautiful-to-look-at princess story that still feels old-fashioned and safe. PG for action, rude humor. 93 mins. ★★ THE CAMPAIGN – Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis in a political showdown. R for language, partial nudity, sexuality. 85 mins. ★★ CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER – Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg co-star in this offbeat comedy about events that either will drive a wedge between a separated couple or further reinforce their bond. 91 mins. R for drug use, profanity, sexual candor. ★★★ 1/2 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – It’s neither as anguished, perverse nor dangerous as its weighty predecessor. PG-13 for action violence, sensuality, strong language. 164 mins. ★★ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS – Summer misadventures beleaguer our boy. PG for rude humor. 94 mins. ★★ THE EXPENDABLES 2 – This is a a too-cute trip down ’80s Action Film Lane. R for bloody violence. 101 mins. ★ 1/2 HIT AND RUN – A fun little carchase comedy. R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, violence and drugs. 99 mins. ★★ 1/2 HOPE SPRINGS — You’ll want to go home and have sex with your spouse. PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexual-

acter played by Kat Dennings, who has gone from telling jokes about dealing with a hard life to those of a sexual nature. But these women are still the most energetic team in any TV comedy. “THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT,” GRADE D: An engaged couple have trouble getting to the altar. Jason Segel stars. Director Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the script with Segel, has created a jumbled mess of a film. At times it wants to be a wild comedy. Then it quickly shifts to deep conversations about love and commitment. Stoller’s inability to blend these comedy and drama aspects leaves both parts a mess.



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