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“World War Z” – This discreet, even tasteful zombie apocalypse flick is exceedingly well-made, surprisingly intelligent and expertly played by an international cast. Closer to Steven Soderbergh’s global pandemic procedural “Contagion” than to the visceral intensity of, say, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” it’s likely to disappoint gore-hounds.
New on DVD:
“The Call” – Until it derails in the final 20 minutes, this is an efficient, white-knuckle thriller that gives Halle Berry her best screen role in years. Berry plays a 911 operator desperately trying to help a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine” all grown up) who’s been kidnapped by a serial killer. Tautly directed by versatile indie stalwart Brad (“The Machinist,” “Next Stop Wonderland”) Anderson (B).
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” – While hardly “Incredible,” this low-key charmer about a down-on-his-luck Vegas magician (Steve Carell) has enough mild laughs and fun supporting performances (including Jim Carrey as Burt’s arch rival and the late, great James Gandolfini as his apoplectic agent) to merit a home video recommendation (B-).