Comedian (and Golden Globes host) Ricky Gervais stars in The Invention of Lying, a film based on the idea of what would happen if we all told the truth. It's a fun concept and celebrity cameos abound (everyone from Tina Fey to Louis CK to Ed Norton), but the movie gets off track as it veers from its light, rom-com premise with Jennifer Garner. Instead, it tries to take on a religious message which goes too far. That aside, the film is surprisingly sweet at times and includes a few clever moments if you want a laugh this weekend.
DVD extras include additional scenes, video podcasts, a prequel, and outtakes. Outtakes with funny people like Gervais, Fey, or Jonah Hill? Sign me up.57%
For all of you Gerard Butler fans out there, you may want to check out Gamer. The film follows the actor as a convict stuck inside Slayers, a nightmarish, real-life shooting video game controlled by other humans and the game's inventor — Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). As you can probably surmise, Butler tires of being under someone else's command and tries to fight his way out. I wasn't that interested in the flick when it first hit theaters, but since Hall took home a Golden Globe for his TV work, I'm curious to check him out in this big-screen role, too.
DVD extras include a commentary and two featurettes.29%
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Whiteout is a murder mystery thriller set in (as you may have guessed from the title) Antarctica. Kate Beckinsale plays Carrie Stetko, a U.S. Marshal investigating the icy terrain's first homicide — while fending off a killer and the approaching brutal winter. Sounds ridiculous to me, but I do like Beckinsale, so perhaps I'll add this to my list of rent maybes.
DVD extras include two featurettes and deleted scenes.7%