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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. This week brings us an exciting list of big titles, many of which got Oscar attention this year. In addition to these recommendations, check out Heath Ledger in the gritty drama Candy, as well as the gorgeous-looking Curse of the Golden Flower, which was up for Best Costumes.

Children of Men
Nominated for three Academy Awards, Children of Men is a frightening sci-fi tale of a not-so-distant future when women are unable to have babies, and humans everywhere, facing extinction, have turned to violence and warfare. Miraculously, one woman named Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) has managed to conceive and needs help from Theo (Clive Owen) to bring her — and the future of the race — safely to a science center named The Human Project. It's a chilling and dramatic piece of sci-fi that's a far cry from Jar Jar Binks. For more details, check out my full review.

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The Pursuit of Happyness
Against Peter O'Toole and Forest Whitaker, Will Smith really didn't have a prayer in this year's Best Actor race. But if his excellent portrayal of Chris Gardner is any indication, Smith should get more chances to win. He is subtle and studious as a salesman who takes an unpaid internship as a stockbroker in hopes of bettering his life and that of his young son (Jaden Smith). Gardner hits such lows that this movie is often painful to watch, but it will also open your eyes. Check out my full review and you'll understand what I mean.

Happy Feet
Sure, this is technically a kids' movie, but this one is so CGI-tastic that it won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. The story follows Mumble, a lovable emperor penguin with a woefully bad singing voice. His peers use their vocal skills to attract mates while Mumble, well, mumbles. Luckily, he was gifted in another way: The penguin can dance! The songs are toe-tappingly happy, and there is a serious message about being environmentally responsible. But really, the bottom line is: Who doesn't love penguins?

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joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
children of men- pretty good, would like to see alternate endings pursuit- really good, love will smith!! he does a great job! happy feet- overrated, it won the oscar but monster house is WAAAAY better! rent that instead!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I saw Children of Men not too long ago in the theatre and I had a physical/visceral reaction to the movie. It was way to intense for my liking. It's really hard to get through and actually made me really depressed for like a week or so. I literally left the movie theatre and told my husband (who of course love the film and thought it was amazing) that I wanted to go home and see something light and fluffy and HAPPY. I ended up watching re-runs of Futurama (one of my faves show EVER!). Anyway, long story short, is that the movie is phenomenal, but not for the weak of stomach (it's not gory, it's just intense) nor the faith of heart.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
ok I was obviously talking about Children of Men above, not Happy Feet. HAHAHA
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I thought this movie was great- but of course, pretty dark in a post-apocalyptic environmental disaster futurey sort of a way. The part I thought that was totally unbelievable: that England was the only place on the Earth that was still "surviving" post-plague world. Riiiight.
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