New on DVD: 'End of Watch'

Posted 5:04pm on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

DVD End of Watch: The ingredients in the cop drama End of Watch are as routine as a midday traffic stop: Take two buddies in blue patrolling the hard streets of South Central Los Angeles; toss in some tatted-up, foul-mouthed, gun-toting gangstas; and sprinkle liberally with lots of shaky-cam visuals for that sense of cinematic urgency. But director/writer David Ayer (who wrote the electric good-cop/bad-cop slap-o-rama Training Day back in 2001) makes it work. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, as the L.A. cops in question, display an engaging camaraderie, while Ayer leavens the expected venom and violence with an infectious sense of humor and a welcome sweetness. On DVD and Blu-ray.

-- Cary Darling

Also new: Searching for Sugar Man; The Paper Boy; Tai-Chi Zero; Keep the Lights On; The Imposter; Trust; Death Race 3: Inferno; The Men Who Built America; American Experience: The Abolitionists; Chris Hardwick: Mandroid.

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