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Bart Got a Room (PG-13)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release date: July 28

From the outside, Bart Got a Room looks like a typical "let's get laid on prom night" teen comedy, but it's actually a very funny, very charming, very quirky movie that plays more like a focused Napoleon Dynamite, minus all the catchphrases. Nerdy Danny is desperate for a prom date, especially after his first couple of out-of-his-league choices turn him down and his best (female) friend gets tired of waiting around and agrees to go with someone else. With the help of his relationship-obsessed, divorced father (played with gusto by the always watchable William H. Macy), he scours and searches for the perfect girl to take, so he can get the perfect prom picture. Also included, as a special feature, is a "pop-up production notebook," in the style of VH1's Pop-Up Videos, that is fun and informative (and an idea more DVDs should steal). — Louis Fowler

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Horsemen (R)

Lionsgate

After receiving a very limited release in March, Jonas Åkerlund's Se7en rip-off gallops to DVD courtesy of Lionsgate and producer Michael Bay. The patchwork thriller stars a drowsy Dennis Quaid as a recently widowed forensic odontologist (that's teeth, FYI) who neglects his children (Lou Taylor Pucci and Liam James) while he pursues a diabolical serial killer. A promising supporting cast (including Ziyi Zhang, Clifton Collins Jr., Patrick Fugit and Peter Stormare) is thoroughly wasted by Dave Callaham's lifeless script, though Eric Balfour remains a lone bright spot as a would-be victim. Åkerlund's music video background served his first film, Spun, nicely, but his frenetic style proves detrimental to creating any sense of atmosphere here. A predictably ridiculous ending reveals that Horsemen isn't torture porn — it's just torture. — Jeff Sneider

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Streets of Blood (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release date: July 28

Take every gritty, dirty cop flick of the past few years: Training Day, Harsh Times, Dark Blue, etc. Put them in a cliché blender and throw in some sort of lost commentary on post-Katrina New Orleans, and you've got the ridiculously goofy Streets of Blood. It wants so badly to be an exposé of police corruption, but when you've got Val Kilmer and Sharon Stone delivering comically bad "Naw'lins" accents, coupled with lines like "The Big Easy ain't so easy anymore ..." there's no way to take Streets seriously. That said, I certainly do recommend it as a comedy! If you can watch this with an eye for hilariously overblown theatrics and gratuitous use of 50 Cent, you're in for a real comedic treat. At some point, it almost becomes a parody of the aforementioned dirty cop movies, which takes Streets to a whole new level. — Louis Fowler

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