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Just out on DVD: 'Green Zone,' 'Last Station'

Posted 1:08pm on Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2010

Green Zone

At first glance, Green Zone seems to be the fourth installment in the "Bourne" franchise. There's director Paul Greengrass, who helmed two Bourne films. And mostly there's Bourne star Matt Damon. Going rogue. With a big gun. In a foreign country. Killin' dudes. Very loosely based on actual events, Green Zone focuses on fictional soldier Roy Miller (Damon), who's in charge of a unit assigned to root out weapons of mass destruction in Baghdad. When each locale turns out to be a wild-goose chase, Miller starts to suspect the intelligence from his superiors is tainted. His suspicions are fueled by a disgruntled CIA agent (Brendan Gleeson), who's at odds with a duplicitous American functionary (Greg Kinnear), who maintains that the weapons are a reality. But all these elements of the real world don't make Green Zone feel any more authentic than most other generic action movies. And all of Greengrass' trademark shaky-cam visual sense doesn't change that either.

The Last Station: The Last Station is a moving, fictionalized account of the last days of the great writer Leo Tolstoy, a tour de force for an actor (Christopher Plummer) who is in his prime in his 70s and 80s, and a real return to form for a director (Michael Hoffman) most at home in period pieces. Add to that another amazing performance by Helen Mirren as Countess Tolstoy, and The Last Station is a stop that any literary-minded moviegoer will want to make.

She's Out of My League: The sweet-spirited and well-acted She's Out of My League takes that loser guy-hot girlfriend cliché around the block a few more times. There are a few sensitive scenes, but it's the big blasts of raunchy that deliver its laughs. Jay Baruchel plays Kirk, who is just witty enough that we can almost believe that the stunning Molly (Alice Eve) would give him the time of day.

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