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Coriolanus (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

It's always exciting to see a director modernize and re-energize Shakespeare, from Baz Luhrmann's emo-tween romance Romeo+Juliet to the Kenneth Branagh reinvigoration of Hamlet. Actor/director Ralph Fiennes' bold and bloody updating of the lesser-known Coriolanus is the ultimate classy action film; think Shakespeare's First Blood. Fiennes is the titular feared Roman general who finds himself fighting a war against his own people. When banished from Rome, he teams with sworn enemy Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to exact revenge against the ones who exiled him. Brutal, explosive and recited in the original dialogue, Coriolanus will appease action fans and pretentious asses alike. — Louis Fowler

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Newlyweds (NR)

Tribeca Film

Another New York love letter from Edward Burns, another pleasant couple hours sure to fade from memory before I have time to wonder what felt fresh about The Brothers McMullen. After a mid-career plummet, 2010's Nice Guy Johnny seemed Burns' new mission statement: "Let's have a good time on the cheap and not sweat the loftiness." Newlyweds, then, is proof of concept: Filmed for less than $10K and hedging all bets on its Tribeca Film Festival premiere, it's the story of a couple (Burns and Caitlin Fitzgerald) determined to keep their marriage casual until they're challenged by their respective, loft-crashing sisters. Hardly the freshest thing around, but Burns' handheld urgency and the electrifying Kerry Bishé make it OK. — Justin Strout

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Goon (R)

Magnolia Home Entertainment

To create a successful sports comedy, you often must skip the broad physical gags and focus on the characters and their quirks. Movies like Slap Shot or The Replacements are prime examples, placing blue-collar underdogs in situations that gamble on their possible shot at greatness. Goon ranks right up there, if not at the top. Seann William Scott is a likable lunkhead who's only good at one thing: beating people up. When his talents are put to work by a local hockey franchise, he becomes an immediate legend. Co-starring Liev Schreiber, Goon is continually hilarious, easily the best sports comedy since Major League. Hell, it may be the best sports comedy ever. — Louis Fowler

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