"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is reminiscent of the most energetic scenes in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," except that the adrenaline drip here is wide open at all times.
The dark comedy, based on the Jordan Belfort memoir of the same name, has Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who, at 26, is pulling down a cool $49 million. "The Wolf of Wall Street" dramatizes his trajectory from Queens kid to a sort of seductive Wall Street wiseguy attracting the attention of the SEC and FBI.
It's an even wilder, longer lasting ride than "American Hustle" with many more players including Jonah Hill as an impulsive neighbor turned business partner; Rob Reiner as Jordan's dad; Cristin Milioti as the first wife and Australian Margot Robbie as the second; Kyle Chandler as an FBI agent; and Jean Dujardin, Oscar winner for "The Artist," as a Swiss banker.
"Wolf" dramatizes a life of such utter excess, decadence and depravity that it would make Gordon Gekko blush. It's classic Scorsese: 3 hours long with much more left in the editing suite, absolutely rated R for nudity, sex and lots of drugs.
Blu-ray-only extra is a behind-the-scenes featurette that also discusses the film's real-life inspiration.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is one fertile fellow in "Delivery Man."
Not only is his girlfriend pregnant, but also his regular sperm donations at a privately owned clinic produced a whopping 533 children. And 142 of them are suing to learn the identity of the donor who used the pseudonym Starbuck in the early 1990s.
If that wasn't trouble enough for the delivery driver for his family's Brooklyn butcher shop, David has been growing marijuana in his apartment and owes thugs $80,000. David turns to Brett (Chris Pratt), his best friend, a father of four and sometime attorney, for legal help. Turns out this guardian angel and father-from-afar business is more complicated than he could have imagined.
From filmmaker Ken Scott, it's a heartwarming comedy that goes for the tears, group hugs and a way too tidy and speedy ending. It all works thanks to Mr. Vaughn as an overgrown adolescent who matures into manhood before our eyes.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language. Extras include bloopers and deleted scenes; Blu-ray adds a Vaughn interview and featurettes.
"Walking With Dinosaurs"
"Walking With Dinosaurs," which began as a BBC documentary series in 1999 before being adapted for arena stages in 2007, is a bit like pushing the button on the interactive museum display and getting an 80-minute narrative comedy with Hollywood effects.
In fact, as each new dino species appears, its name and eating habits are announced with a placard, giving this the slight whiff of an educational film. It's more than offset by the persistent goofball humor of John Leguizamo, the movie's narrator and prehistoric parrot, Alex.
Although it is fraught with peril, filmmakers Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook ("Mulan") held back on the "Jurassic Park"-sized jolts. They keep it light, and even in 3-D, "Walking With Dinosaurs" shouldn't overly frighten a kindergartner. What may frighten them a little is the onslaught of cornball humor, hackneyed plot and intrusive attempts at a documentary style.
Rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor.
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