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Escapee, Jackie Chan Double Feature, The Guilt Trip


Police Story and Police Story 2 DVDs with Jackie Chan.

Police Story, Police Story 2 (PG-13)

Shout! Factory

Jackie Chan squandered much of his American goodwill on dumb kiddie flicks and boring CGI-filled comedies that don't allow the man once touted as the "only action star who does his own stunts" to actually, well, do any stunts. But we'll always have his classics. Two of Chan's most incredible feats were the Police Story films from 1985 and 1988. If you haven't seen these, you haven't seen action. Chan plays an honest cop who always goes above and beyond to bring the baddies in, always in the most spectacular fashion: with incredible stunts, car chases and martial arts. Sure, the plots are very middle-of-the-road kidnap and revenge stories, but you don't go to these for the story, you go for the action in the story. And these are the greatest stories ever told, in that regard. — Louis Fowler

The Guilt Trip DVD

The Guilt Trip (PG-13)


Screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love) has cranked out some heartfelt movies. Director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) has shown she can deliver sturdy studio product, and even launch a franchise (Step Up). But those track records mean little under the dead weight of The Guilt Trip, which concerns a chemist-turned-cleaning-product inventor (Seth Rogen) on a coast-to-coast pitching tour to retailers. For reasons missing from the film, he invites his stereotypical Jewish mother (Barbra Streisand) along, despite her being overbearing and him being a moody loser we almost end up rooting against. So begins an unmotivated road trip featuring two pretty unlikable characters, which miraculously changes halfway through, when Streisand wakes up and beams likability from her pores, making the film suddenly watchable, if not explicable. — Justin Strout

Escapee DVD

Escapee (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Escapee opens with the chilling murder of a young woman in the woods by psychotic serial killer Harmon Porter (an incredibly intense Dominic Purcell). It's a difficult watch, but it's done with such brutal artistry that filmmaker Campion Murphy might be able to lull you into a sense of security, and hope for what's ahead. Then the opening credits end. Purcell is left behind, and instead we focus on a group of utterly vapid, hilariously moronic and desperately off-putting psychology students who say stupid things, mostly regarding sex. One of the women, Abby (Christine Evangelista), inspires Porter to break out of the sanitarium and hunt down his newfound lady-love, but by this point we've spent so much time with the annoying teens that we're rooting for Porter to slay 'em. Unfortunately, he doesn't and we're left searching for our own escape route. — Louis Fowler

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