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Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez and Joe Manganiello star in "Magic Mike."
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:14AM
NEW THIS WEEK
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
R for violence throughout and brief sexuality
Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie
It certainly looked promising, but this ever-so-slightly revisionist history from producer Tim Burton and action maestro Timur Bekmambetov turns out to be a disaster. A sense of tongue-in-cheek fun is the first thing you need if you’re planning to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong crusade to rid the world of vampires, but it’s nowhere to be found in this over-the-top slaughter fest. Instead, the film makes a serious effort, and fails, to incorporate vampire slaying into Lincoln’s real-life concerns — the Civil War, slavery. Only one scene, a dazzling set piece in which Lincoln battles a vampire in the midst of a herd of stampeding horses, suggests how mind-blowing this film might have been. Extras include the graphic novel “The Great Calamity” and commentary by writer Seth Grahame-Smith.
R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use
Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn
Whatever other benefits Tatum might have enjoyed during his brief stint as a teenage male stripper, his g-string days have supplied him with his best role in Steven Soderbergh’s sexy and surprisingly substantial portrait of a cheerfully sleazy subculture. Mike (Tatum) wants to parlay stripping-cash into a custom-furniture business. He reluctantly takes a clueless protégé under his wing after falling for his big sister (Cody Horn). Beefcake abounds, but the real attraction is an assortment of convincingly, twilight-inhabiting characters. Special features include deleted dance scenes, Backstage On “Magic Mike,” and The Moves of “Magic Mike.”
ALSO NEW THIS WEEK
The 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition quadruple-disc gift set includes all five versions of director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. Extras include more than 10 hours of bonus footage from the 2007 Ultimate Collector’s Edition, a 72-page book of newly discovered production sketches by Scott, and a numbered collectible Spinner Car.
M ADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION
A Wall Street investment banker (Eugene Levy) who has agreed to testify against the mob is relocated by the FBI to the home of Madea (Tyler Perry) and her family. Perry wrote and directed the comedy. Extras include the featurette “Tyler Perry: Multi Hats & Costumes.”
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
As a planet-destroying asteroid hurtles toward the Earth, a man (Steve Carell) takes a road trip in search of his high school sweetheart. Screenwriter Lorene Scafaria makes her writing/directing debut with the apocalyptic romance. Extras include commentary and outtakes.
Michael Gray and Jackson Bostwick co-star as Billy Batson and Captain Marvel in this 1974-77 TV series based on the vintage comic book hero. This triple-disc set includes all episodes.
STEVE JOBS: THE LOST INTERVIEW
Small portions of this in-depth 1995 interview with the Apple visionary were included in a television program around that time, but the rest was shelved and believed to be lost. Jobs discusses at length his early days, career battles and visions for the future.
TAKE THIS WALTZ
The life of happily married woman (Michelle Williams) is complicated when she falls for an artist (Luke Kirby) who lives across the street. Seth Rogen co-stars. Sarah Polley (“Away from Her”) wrote and directed the comedy-drama.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
PG for some mild action and rude humor
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
In the “Madagascar”-verse, it’s energy and oomph that matters, and enough general silliness to keep youngsters giggling, even during the de rigeur moral lessons — and there’s enough of all three in this third installment to power “M3” to another half-billion-dollar box office take. Even though inspiration is more sadly lacking than ever and the whole enterprise has an air of frantic desperation. This outing has the four Central Park zoo refugees fleeing across Europe from a demented animal control officer (voiced by Frances McDormand), while hiding in a down-and-out circus. Extras include commentary and deleted scenes.
PG-13 for sexual content and smoking
Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand
Instead of his usual whimsical (and somewhat bitter) tales of adults who haven’t quite left childhood behind, idiosyncratic auteur Wes Anderson’s (“The Royal Tenenbaums”) “Moonrise Kingdom” is a tale of two runaway love-struck ’tweens who literally can’t wait to grow up — and whose passion for romance generates considerable quirky charm. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward strike just the right note of intensely serious, grand passion while a search party of desperately disillusioned grown-ups provide poignant emotional contrast. Extras include the featurette “Welcome to the Island of New Penzance” and a set tour with Bill Murray.
AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK
Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis do some protracted dirty politicking in “The Last Campaign Extended Cut” and the original Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) re-sinks his teeth into “The House of Dark Shadows.”