Award-winning 'King's Speech' coming to video

Apr 14 2011 - 5:16pm

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Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next Tuesday's releases:

THE KING'S SPEECH **** (R) Some language. King George VI takes over the crown from his brother Edward, but has a crippling speech impediment that causes him great anxiety. Imagine a king having to give many public addresses, but not being able to get out the words. He'll get help from a quirky therapist, and the end result is the stuff of legends. 118 minutes.

RABBIT HOLE *** 1/2 (PG-13) Mature thematic material, some drug use and language. A husband and wife (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are forced to deal with the tragic death of their young son. Each copes with the loss quite differently, which puts a huge strain on their marriage. This is an exceptional movie that avoids the melodramatic. 91 minutes.

FAREWELL *** (Not rated) In French and Russian with subtitles. A disillusioned Soviet turns on his government and begins to leak vital information to the Americans during the 1980s Cold War. See how he was repaid for his act of betrayal/bravery. 113 minutes.

THE WAY BACK *** (PG-13) Violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language. A group of prisoners escape a Siberian camp and walk 4,000 miles south to India. The key word here is "walk"; survival is iffy at best. The performances are outstanding. 133 minutes.

SOMEWHERE ** 1/2 (R) Sexual content, nudity and language. A spoiled movie star is getting bored with his rich, celebrity life. Poor baby! It's hard to feel sorry for him while he's wading through an endless sea of sexual exploits and wild parties. His only saving grace is that he has a beautiful 11-year-old daughter. Starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. 97 minutes.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS * 1/2 (PG) Brief rude humor, mild language and action. Jack Black puts his dizzying spin on the classic tale and comes up empty. Jonathan Swift's biting satire on the state of 17th-century politics is reduced to making fun of little people and urinating on the Lilliputian palace. Nice job, Jack. 85 minutes.

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Also being released:

BORN TO RAISE HELL (R) Nudity, violence, sexual situations, drug content, profanity. Interpol agent Samuel Axel (Steven Seagal) forges a shaky alliance with his enemy in order to take down a ruthless Russian arms dealer. 96 minutes.

HYENAS (R) Violence, profanity, nudity. A grieving widower goes on the hunt for his wife's killers, and discovers they are shape-shifting hyenas. 92 minutes.

IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON'T RISE (Not rated) Spike Lee's follow-up to "When the Levees Broke" (2006) revisits New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to monitor improvements since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 240 minutes.

IP MAN 2: LEGEND OF THE GRANDMASTER (R) Violence. Hong Kong film star Donnie Yen reprises his role as Ip Man in this semiautobiographical sequel following the adventures of the grandmaster of Wing Chun. 108 minutes.

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (Not rated) A troubled mother attempts to re-enter the lives of the fraternal twins she once abandoned, only to witness the effects of her irresponsibility. 88 minutes.

SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA (R) Drug content, youth substance use. Its title taken from the slang term for bales of marijuana that were jettisoned from South Florida boats and airplanes throughout the 1970s and '80s, this documentary from "Cocaine Cowboys" director Billy Corbin details three stories about the marijuana trade. 99 minutes.

Steve Salles can be reached at films@standard.net.

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