This animated sequel was more than a raging success at the box office; it also has a place in film history ... as the most profitable movie in the history of Universal Pictures to date.
Steve Carell returns as the voice of the now-domesticated Gru, brought back into a life of excitement by the Anti-Villain League, which wants him to find the thief who made off with a dangerous serum. Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove also lend their voices again, with Benjamin Bratt heard as well. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray; premieres Dec. 24 on On Demand)read more »
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and company literally are back in action in another chapter of the franchise that was a huge hit. Dwayne Johnson also returns from the previous installment as the CIA man who enlists Dom (Diesel) and the crew to stop a dangerous gang of drivers - including, to Dom's great surprise, his supposedly deceased love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). read more »
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play longtime friends whose relationship may come apart over their new love interests - each other's sons - in this drama, adapted by Christopher Hampton ("Dangerous Liaisons") from a Doris Lessing novel. read more »
Dance moves are plentiful in this drama about an international competition. Josh Holloway ("Lost") and Josh Peck ("Drake & Josh") play the coaches of the team intent on bringing the trophy home for America, but others clearly have the skills to take the win for their respective countries, too. read more »
Keanu Reeves has an acting role in this adventure, but he has an even bigger role on it behind the cameras ... as a first-time director. read more »
This compilation from the History series "The Universe" utilizes computer animation, along with interviews with science experts, to unlock some of the mysteries of the galaxy. read more »
Technically, 2014 is the milestone year for a "50th Anniversary Edition" of this Disney classic – whose production the inspired the new film "Saving Mr. Banks" – but it’s never too early for the thoroughly delightful fantasy, making its Blu-ray debut, that earned Julie Andrews an Oscar as the nanny whose parasol helps her take flight. read more »
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