This week’s top DVD releases include films showcasing very strong females.
“Let Me In,” Grade B: The remake of the 2008 Swedish film about a 12-year-old vampire is more psychological thriller than horror film. Pre-teen Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) finds a friend in Abby (Chloe Moretz), a pale young girl who must have blood to survive. What makes the film fascinating is that director Matt Reeves looks past the bloodlust to show that there are scarier things in life than creatures with fangs.
“Conviction,” Grade B-minus: Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her ne’er-do-well brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) have been each other’s support since they were kids. Betty is so confident her brother didn’t commit murder, she goes on an 18-year quest to finish high school, college and law school just to free Kenny from his life sentence in prison. The focus on the players works chiefly because of a first-rate performance by Rockwell, who has a talent for creating characters who come across as both likable and a little frightening.
Also new on DVD this week:
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2:” Chloe (voiced by Odette Yustman) and Papi (George Lopez) are back.
“Welcome to the Rileys:” James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo play three lost souls who find hope in unlikely friendships.
“Mean Girls 2:” A new student befriends an unpopular girl. Jennifer Stone stars.
“Alice in Wonderland:” The animated film’s being released on Blu-ray to mark the 60th anniversary.
“Hatchet II:” A woman (Danielle Harris) recruits hired guns to help her get revenge on the person who killed her friends.