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“Peeples” – Craig (“The Office”) Robinson pays a surprise visit to his future in-laws in this Tyler Perry-produced riff on “Meet the Parents.” Robinson is always fun to watch and Kerry Washington is dependably strong as his blue blood fiancée, but the laughs begin tapering off around the halfway mark. Still, it’s better than anything Perry himself has helmed (or written) in recent years. (C).
New on DVD:
“Cloud Atlas” – This crazily, dauntingly ambitious collaboration between Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix”) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) remains engrossing, even enthralling for the duration of its near three-hour running time. The crazy quilt of a cast includes everyone from Tom Hanks to Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent (and they all play multiple roles!) A cult classic in the making. (A).
“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” – The aptly cast Charlie Sheen plays a Hollywood playboy who experiences an early mid-life crisis after getting dumped by his girlfriend. Writer-director Roman Coppola’s self-indulgent homage to ’70s cinema is both amusing and exasperating in equal measures. (C).
“Texas Chainsaw 3-D” – Nothing special. The umpteenth sequel/reboot/whatever of Tobe Hooper’s still shocking 1974 horror classic is competently directed (by John Luessenhop who did 2010’s better-than-expected “Takers”), but undermined by a script that’s preposterous even by B-horror standards. And the mostly imperceptible 3-D is nothing to write home about either. (C-).