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New on DVD: 'The Runaways,' 'Cop Out,' 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' and 'The Losers'

Posted 10:09am on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi's biopic charts the swift rise and rapid decline of the Runaways, a ragtag band of girls that hung together for four years and, in the original lineup, released two albums. Assembled by bipolar Svengali Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the Runaways wrestle with coming of age amid the hedonistic excess of L.A.'s rock scene. Although Sigismondi does a fine job capturing the debauched skuzziness of the Runaways' existence, too much of the film feels like an expensive music video.

Cop Out is a fond remembrance of those Beverly Hills Cop/Lethal Weapon romps, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. But poor plotting, inept staging and slack pacing remind us that director Kevin Smith is better at riffs than at functional, wholly realized films.

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a stimulating history lesson about Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to Congress and to newspapers across the country.

The Losers is another comic-book adaptation, this one about a team of "black ops" agents out for revenge. The movie is an over-the-top action picture with the occasional cheesy effect, but lead Chris Evans makes it passable.

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