Welcome to the Screening Room, the home video edition. I'm Russ Simmons
And I'm Shawn Edwards. New in video stores on DVD and available for digital download on Tuesday, January 31st, "Drive."
This year, Ryan Gosling has appeared in a sober art house movie, a slick romantic comedy and an edgy political thriller. All three had one thing in common; a terrific performance from Gosling. He adds another impressive turn to his list with "Drive," a solid action thriller. The stoic getaway driver he plays winds up protecting a pretty neighbor, played by Carey Mulligan, and her young daughter from some nasty West Coast thugs.
"Drive" is a gratuitously violent and unnerving movie that more than earns its "R" rating, but it's also smart and skillfully directed. Comic Albert Brooks should have received an Oscar nomination as an oily mobster. The third act tends to sag, but "Drive" is still an innovative and exciting movie that proves that Gosling is a star to reckon with
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"In Time" starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried is so implausibly stupid it's almost entertaining. Almost. The movie wouldn't be so bad if Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried had an ounce of chemistry. The premise is promising. In the future people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, but if you got the dough you can live longer. With a little more time, care and perhaps better actors this could have been much better. The only extra material on the DVD release will be deleted/extended scenes. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo will include those, plus a featurette ("The Minutes"), and access to an In Time The Game app.
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