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New on DVD: 'Inception,' 'Shrek Forever After,' 'Restrepo'

Posted 11:05am on Wednesday, Dec. 08, 2010

Inception

Christopher Nolan's exhausting thriller suggests what might happen if you handed a philosophy graduate student $200 million, along with a copy of Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, and asked him to produce a summer blockbuster. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, hired by a powerful businessman (Ken Watanabe) to enter the mind of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to a rival business, and persuade him to dissolve his dying father's empire. The movie starts piling on rules for its dream world, and then rules on top of those rules, and then assorted escape clauses and riders. It's as if Nolan re-watched his own Memento and decided he needed to make something approximately 50 times more self-consciously clever and convoluted.

Shrek Forever After is supposedly the last go-round for the animated ogre and his inverted fairy-tale universe; the movie mostly just repeats gags that worked better in previous installments.

Restrepo, which documents a year in the life of a platoon stationed from mid-2007 to mid-2008 in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, paints an unsparing, apolitical portrait of men at war.

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