All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I'll sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue.
Little Miss Sunshine
If you missed one of the year's best films, now's your chance to rent it (or buy it!). Skillfully mixing pathos with absurd comedy, Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of one family's quest to get bespectacled Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine competition on time. In an astounding cast (Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear), Steve Carell is perhaps the most impressive as a suicidal Proust scholar forced to live with his sister's bizarre family. As a special bonus, the DVD features four alternate endings to the movie.
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Lady in the Water
Fans of M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Village, Signs) will enjoy his latest creepy effort, Lady in the Water, featuring The Village star Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howard's daughter). The story started out as a mythical bedtime story for Shyamalan's children, who perhaps are used to scary bedtime tales by now. Paul Giamatti plays Cleveland Heep, a depressed building manager who discovers a sea nymph (Howard) in his swimming pool and, as she just might have the future of humanity in her hands, helps her find her way back to her rightful home.
A Scanner Darkly
If you can get past Keanu Reeves yet again playing... Keanu Reeves, then this artful thriller is worth watching. Richard Linklater took the sci-fi novel written by Philip K. Dick and adapted it for screen, using an animation technique similar to that used in Waking Life. Reeves plays Fred Arctor, an undercover cop trying to nab the drug dealer Bob, who has been supplying the widely used Substance D. Those who use the drug develop split personalities, which presents a challenge for Fred, as the drug lord he's chasing may or may not be himself.