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New DVDs for Aug. 23 Including Win Win

What to Rent: New DVDs This Week

Win Win

In this indie film, Paul Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a part-time wrestling coach and attorney, who tries to keep his struggling legal practice afloat by becoming his elderly client's caretaker. Mike also ends up with a houseguest when his client's troubled grandson unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep. Mike takes the teenager under his wing, bringing him along to wrestling practice, where he discovers that the rebellious teenager is the star his flailing team has been missing. The movie offers a heartwarming tale about an underdog, while still providing a fair share of laughs. DVD extras includes deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes interviews.


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The Beaver

Mel Gibson stars as Walter Black, a once-successful toy executive who finds himself battling depression and unable to connect with his family or friends. He then turns to an unconventional means of therapy: a beaver puppet. The film follows Black as he communicates solely through the use of the stuffed animal — using a British accent — to work through his personal problems. While the plot seems bizarre, Gibson actually ends up offering an honest portrayal of mental illness, and Jodie Foster's turn as a director also adds to the film's merits. DVD extras include audio commentary and deleted footage.


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