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New on DVD: 'I Am Number Four,' 'Gnomeo & Juliet' and 'Reagan'

Posted 8:03am on Wednesday, May. 25, 2011

I Am Number Four

Director D.J. Caruso's action tale is mostly familiar stuff, presenting the latest teen outsider coming into possession of his latent superpowers just in time to battle evil forces intent on world chaos. Alex Pettyfer has the title role, one of nine youths being hunted down by the destroyers of their own world before the kids develop genetically inherited abilities that could help them defeat the bad guys, who aim to invade Earth. One character notes that his upbringing was like an endless episode of The X-Files, but even weak installments of that show had more creepy chills and clever twists than this.

Gnomeo & Juliet doesn't have a single original idea in its pointy, ceramic head. Spirited and brisk as this animated family film can be, its energy can't disguise the fact that it is an awkward mash-up of Shakespeare puns, hackneyed pop culture references and familiar Elton John songs.

Reagan is an intelligent, entertaining documentary about the one-time actor's political life, and how those facts sometimes differ with our modern notions of him as a morally unimpeachable beacon of righteousness and goodness.

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