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Hot Tub Time Machine: Unrated (NR) (Blu-ray)

MGM Home Entertainment

The title says it all: This movie is about a time machine that happens to double as a hot tub. There's no how or why, there just ... is. As stupid as that sounds — and, yes, it is stupid — it's actually one of the best comedies so far this year. John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson, a trio of middle-aged losers, enter said temporal whirlpool and end up in an all-pop-culture version of 1986, with a chance to literally relive their former glories. Actually, they might as well be reliving the former glories of Cusack's career — Better Off Dead, anyone? But it works, a fast-moving, fun, idiotic man-child comedy packed with so many inappropriate, often misogynistic laughs that you tend to overlook the numerous flaws, easily allowing yourself to have a brain-dead good time. — Louis Fowler

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Unthinkable (R) (Blu-ray)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Do you enjoy the torture scenes in movies like Saw or Hostel but wish they had a point? Even better, do you wish they'd spark a heated political debate among your friends or co-workers? OK, here's Unthinkable. An Islamic extremist has placed three nuclear devices in three cities. The government captures him and has 72 hours to find the locations. Do they offer him a Coke and a smile? Hell no! They bring in master interrogator Samuel L. Jackson, who, if you know Samuel L. Jackson, will extricate the information out of this muthafucka by any means necessary. And, of course, he does, in the movie's hardest-to-watch scenes. Unthinkable offers up an intriguing moral question without ever answering it: If millions of people are going to die tomorrow, is it OK to torture a man to death to save them? — Louis Fowler

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Don McKay (R) (Blu-ray)

Image Entertainment

Thomas Haden Church is one of America's most criminally underrated actors, always delivering solid performances but never really getting the credit for it because he was on the horrific sitcom Wings. Can't we forgive and forget? Church delivers a blistering yet subtle performance as a quiet janitor in Don McKay, a red herring-filled mystery that slowly, purposefully unravels as a secretive dark comedy. (The box says it's a thriller, but it's about as much of a thriller as, say, Arsenic and Old Lace.) Elisabeth Shue, a dying shut-in, wants to rekindle her high school romance with Church, leading to murder, extortion, blackmail and all the other stuff that happens when you get back with an old flame. Don McKay is a startlingly entertaining gem worthy of comparisons with Brian De Palma's Hitchcock homages. — Louis Fowler

Cinematic Titanic Live: Danger on Tiki Island (NR)


The Cinematic Titanic gang — made up of most of the creators and writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000 — are doing a great job of releasing about three or four DVDs a year, all seminal for fans of MST3K. The past few have been recordings of their live show, and that's perfect because with a crowd is the best way to watch these. The latest movie mockery is the goofy monster movie Danger on Tiki Island, featuring a creature that seems to be made out of greasy Hefty bags. Fans of this stuff already know what to expect: solid comedy, great one-liners and hurting sides from laughing so hard. As an added bonus is the mini-documentary "Between the Riffs," which offers a semi-serious look at the art of riffing. Available at cinematictitanic.com. — Louis Fowler


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