If you think summer movies are loud, you ain't heard nothing yet. "Pacific Rim" nearly rattles the roof as enormous alien monsters (Kaiju) rise from under the sea and battle skyscraper-size robots (Jaegers) in Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi action adventure. It's no wonder the movie is dedicated to special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda, director of 1954's "Godzilla"; they clearly are the forefathers of this beasts vs. bots movie.
To combat monsters rampaging throughout the world with increasing frequency and ferocity, 25-story-high robots have been deployed. They're operated from inside by two pilots whose minds are synched. Sibling co-pilots enter the mayhem, but one is killed. Years later, the surviving brother (Charlie Hunnam) is reunited with his onetime commander (Idris Elba) and paired with an aspiring pilot (Rinko Kikuchi).
About now you might be thinking, just tell me what the robots and monsters look like. Colossal and cool, even in the darkness and rain or snow. That may satisfy the 10-year-olds in the audience, but adults may crave more of the human interactions or stirring speeches delivered in stingy doses while the battles go on and on.
The DVD comes with director commentary, deleted scenes, blooper reel, making-of featurettes, and the Blu-ray adds "The Directors Notebook."
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.
' The Heat'
The team of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy looks on paper to be a sure-fire formula for comic gold. In "The Heat," they play mismatched law enforcement officers who bicker and bumble their way into solving a crime and finding a friend.
The conceit of the film, written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig, is that for all their differences, both share an essential loneliness. That sad subtext gives much of the humor in "The Heat" a melancholy edge, especially when it comes to Ms. McCarthy, who again is asked to do little more than swear like a stevedore and bear the brunt of slapstick centered around her generous figure.
Ms. Bullock plays her opposite number: uptight, put-together and prim, so you know going in that "The Heat" will feature at least one drunken girl-bonding montage. Seen through one lens, "The Heat" is the product of a cheering trend in female-centered comedies. Seen through another, it revolves around the retrograde novelty of watching women swagger, spout vulgarities, brandish guns and toss around anatomical references.
Extras include commentary with Ms. McCarthy, Mr. Feig, the original "Mystery Science Theater 3000" critics and the fictional Mullins family; deleted, alternate and extended scenes, unrated version, a making-of and several other featurettes.
Rated R for pervasive profanity, strong crude content and some violence.
This sweet, funny and nearly perfect romantic comedy is being released in a special Blu-ray combo pack to mark the 10th anniversary. An all-star cast that includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Andrew Lincoln make this story about the aspects of love actually an extremely easy movie to love. Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language
The Syfy channel series offers the most interesting look on television at humans dealing with aliens since "Alien Nation." In this case, several alien races have come to Earth after their solar system is destroyed. Earth is having its own problems, and the communities left -- including the one where St. Louis once stood that's now called Defiance -- have to battle for survival.
-- Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
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