New DVD Releases 12/21/2010

Angelina Jolie is terrific as CIA officer Evelyn Salt, whose loyalty to duty, honor and country is tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Rather than rely on the agency to investigate the allegations, she goes on the run, using all her skills as a covert operative to elude capture. But her efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, and the hunt to uncover the truth continues with twists, turns, betrayals and plenty of stunts, chases and action sequences. There’s nary a dull moment here as director Phillip Noyce keeps the action — and camera — moving straight ahead to the spectacular ending.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Gordon Gekko (“Greed is good”) is back in this sequel to 1987’s “Wall Street” and he’s as nasty as ever — but this time around he tries to put on a pretty face. Set mostly in 2008, the film swirls around Gekko’s return to financial stardom (after a stint in prison), a new protege he takes under his wing (Shia LaBeouf) — who happens to be engaged to Gekko’s estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan) — and more evil moneychangers (epitomized by the devil incarnate Josh Brolin) willing to sacrifice Main Street at the altar of Wall Street. The film takes place just before the autumn ’08 financial meltdown, giving us a crash course in that financial debacle that has threatened to send the world into a 21st century dark age.

Easy A
Clean cut high school girl Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) gets herself into a world of trouble when she lies to her best friend about losing her virginity to a fictional college student — a lie overheard by the school’s religious fanatic (Amanda Bynes). Soon the word is out that Olive is promiscuous and rather than quell the rumors, she welcomes her new popularity. But this is the rarefied world of a middle-class high school (set in Ojai, Calif.), and Olive’s reputation turns bad, the school turns nasty, and Olive must think fast in order to salvage her life.

Other New December 21 DVD Releases:
‘The Films of Rita Hayworth’: Sony and The Film Foundation present five of Rita Hayworth’s finest films — three of them for the first time — fully restored and remastered. ‘Cover Girl’ (1944), ‘Tonight and Every Night’ (1945) (DVD debut), ‘Gilda’ (1946), ‘Salome’ (1953) (DVD debut) and ‘Miss Sadie Thompson’ (1953) (DVD debut).
‘The Heavy’: A hired killer learns that a hit has been placed on his own life by a crooked cop.
‘The Horde’: Cops and gangsters team up to battle a horde of zombies in France.
‘Map of the Sounds of Tokyo’: Two lost souls make an unexpected connection in this sexy thriller about a fish-market employee by day, contract killer by night who gets involved with her latest hit.
‘Soul Kitchen’: Two brothers try to bring new life to a struggling Hamburg restaurant.
‘Step Up 3’: A pair of gritty street dance squads face off in the World Jam, a high-stakes showdown that is the hip-hop Olympics.