Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
With his casting as one of the Expendables, former MMA champ Randy Couture has secured his future as an action star. But the days of athletes top-lining action-spectaculars theatrically are pretty much over, so many of them have to be thankful to get their name on the box of whatever cheap straight-to-DVD thing they can. Couture's latest, the airplane thriller Hijacked, has a couple of great fighting set-pieces placed within a mostly boring story that is about a half-hour too long. Which is a shame, because even though his acting is kind of questionable, Couture's charm is definitely a selling point. — Louis Fowler
Grimm: Season One (NR)
Grimm, created by Stephen Carpenter and Angel veterans David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, follows the Buffy first-season model fairly closely, developing the charmingly undercooked mythology of protagonist Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), in a Monster-of-the-Week slow drip set in a dingy Portland, Ore. The premise: Burkhardt descends from a long line of creature-hunters, the prey being the Germanic manimals suggested in the titular authors' stories but posing as average Joes. Only Burkhardt can see their true selves. Along with his none-the-wiser partner, Hank (Russell Hornsby), and an unlikely werewolf ally, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), he takes on ogres, pied pipers, killer bees and more. — Justin Strout
Girls Gone Dead: Unrated and Exposed (NR)
It's amazing that cheap, unimaginative horror filmmakers still use on-screen nudity as a selling point. In an age when even the least computer-savvy toddler can log on for the darkest aspects of human sexuality, who cares about chicks flashing boobs? Give me some story! But that's too much to ask for from the makers of Girls Gone Dead, an intelligence-insulting exercise in all-around lazy filmmaking. A masked killer is axing various topless sorority girls, but only after they've bared their bosoms. They swim nude, call each other "bitch," hook-up and then get killed. But, really, who cares? — Louis Fowler
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