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Tetro (R)


We don't have the best history of respecting retirees here in the U.S., but when a new work arrives from writer-director Francis Ford Coppola (and editor Walter Murch), it's time to pay attention. Thankfully, this one's a good yarn from the man who made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now before squirreling away his talent. Tetro might offer clues regarding those squandered years, via a beautifully rendered, semi-autobiographical tale of a tortured artist (Vincent Gallo) whose younger brother (Alden Ehrenreich) crash-lands at his door. The brother, a would-be composer like their father, possesses all the ambition Tetro can't acknowledge and wants to use it to turn their story into an opera, setting off a familial battle that spills into the streets and theaters of Argentina. Coppola's viewfinder is all over the map, but his command of story hasn't been this solid in what feels like forever. Justin Strout


District 13: Ultimatum (R)

Magnolia Home Entertainment

Parkour! It's the crazy new gravity-defying sports sensation that's sweeping the nation ... of France. But don't let that dissuade you. The original District B13 was a hyperkinetic take on the dystopic ideas of Escape From New York and was written by French action wunderkind Luc Besson. That first film wonderfully mixed martial arts with parkour — the act of running and jumping from obstacle to obstacle, adapting constantly to one's surroundings — and became a cult hit. Ultimatum is more of the same fun, with an added, unsubtle political subtext (a Halliburton knock-off figures prominently) as politicians try to destroy the Parisian prison-ghetto to make way for middle-class apartments. So while the plot may rip off RoboCop this go 'round, the stunts are well worth the purchase price. When it comes to getting the goods, you generally can't go wrong when Besson's name is on a film. Louis Fowler


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (NR)

1428 Films

Let's separate everyone into two camps right now: those who would watch a four-hour documentary on the complete A Nightmare on Elm Street horror series, move to the left; everyone else, step right and talk among yourselves. OK, lefties: This authoritative two-disc documentary is a must-own, doing what seven discs of special features in the Elm Street box set failed to do. Lots of crazy anecdotes and heretofore unknown facts (David Warner was first cast to play Freddy; the original ending of Freddy vs. Jason was going to feature Pinhead) keep the hours chugging along. Better still, Never Sleep Again makes you realize — in light of the dreadful Nightmare remake currently in theaters — that even the worst entry in the original series is still classic horror cinema. Louis Fowler


Tooth Fairy (PG)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Tooth Fairy is one of those befuddling family-fare flicks that absolutely dares burned-out, jaded parents (and film critics) not to hate it. The DVD cover features former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, arms crossed menacingly in a failed effort to preserve some sense of masculinity, with fairy wings jutting from his back. But looks can be deceiving; Fairy is relatively innocuous and even has a few good laughs here and there, as Johnson, a feared hockey bruiser, is tapped by the Fairy Godmother (Julie Andrews) to make up for his misdeeds with a two-week stint as the titular tooth fairy. Most of the movie's watchability comes from the surprisingly cast Stephen Merchant (better known as Ricky Gervais' comedy partner) in the role of a case-worker fairy. Yes, it's harmless family fun, but really, Rock: Can we get back to action movies? And soon? Louis Fowler

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