Milan’s Box Office Picks and New on DVD

Milan's Box Office Picks and New on DVD

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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-).

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