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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, American Gangster, Michael Clayton, Lust, Caution

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. In addition to the titles below, wartime movies Rendition and In the Valley of Elah are also out this week. If you missed Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding starring Nicole Kidman, you can add that to your queue as well.

American Gangster
Great timing for this stirring drama to be released on DVD if you're trying to view Oscar nominees before the big ceremony. Director Ridley Scott recreates 1960s and 1970s Harlem to bring the true-life story of Frank Lucas to the silver screen. Played to eerie perfection by Denzel Washington, American Gangster follows Lucas as he comes to power in New York via a heroin drug ring. His savvy business instincts eventually put Lucas' business on par with that of the Italians, and catches the attention of one of the only non-corrupt law enforcement officials in town, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe).

This film earned Rudy Dee an Oscar nod for her role as Lucas' mother, and has been nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction. Special features include a taping of the still-living Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts discussing the film and their roles in making it.

Two more interesting films, so

Michael Clayton
Tony Gilmore, whose screenwriting credits include The Devil's Advocate and The Bourne Ultimatum, took the director's seat for the first time for this legal thriller starring George Clooney. Michael Clayton follows a corporate lawyer (Clooney) who has made a career as his law firm's "janitor," cleaning up client legal messes. Clayton faces his biggest legal — and moral — challenge trying to help a colleague (played wonderfully by Tom Wilkinson) who has finally broken down and grown a conscience. The film has been showered with Oscar love including nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

Lust, Caution
Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee follows up his critically-acclaimed Brokeback Mountain with this thriller set in post-WWII Shanghai. Lust, Caution is part spy thriller, part haunting love story, and tells the tale of one Chinese woman's penetration into the world of a powerful Japanese collaborator in order to aid his assassination. Lee's ability to convey extreme yearnings of lust, combined with some drawn-out love scenes earned this film an NC-17 rating. Fans of this director's work will not be disappointed.

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
ooh. lust, caution is on my list for sure!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to seeing all of these. They're on my Netflix list as well!
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
These are all on my list! At Blockbuster, I can do an instore exchange on Friday or Saturday, and Monday they send me the tuesday New releases. Rendition, American Gangster, and Michael clayton just showed up in my mail box :)
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
See American Gangster! It is such an amazing movie. I wish it could have received more accolades, but this year, the competition is just so tight. It is such a well filmed piece and of course, Denzel rocks the role as Frank Lucas.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I was gutted to miss "Michael Clayton" while it was in the cinema so I'm looking forward to seeing that. I'll rent American Gangster too.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
Yeah, I always send my movies back on Friday or Saturday, then Netflix has them Monday and I get my new ones on Tuesday. But the darn holiday screwed it up because they wouldn't get mail until today. :shrug: Oh well. I think there was one movie on my queue that released this week anyway, so it's not a big deal.
mreid021 mreid021 9 years
Tell your bf that a lot of times if they get your movie on Monday and have a Tuesday release at the top of your queue they'll ship it to you on Monday. I guess they figure since you won't actually receive it until Tuesday, you aren't getting it early. Anyway, that's my 'system'. ha
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Gangster and Lust, Caution are both in our queue. It's funny - my boyfriend is so anal about our queue and makes sure to send movies back so that they arrive on Tuesday mornings, so that he can get the new releases before they have a wait on them. But he forgot about President's Day this week, and the movies won't get there until tomorrow. And now they have a long wait. He's really, really pissed that his system failed. :rotfl:
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