When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. The heart of the movie remains the same: the glib performance turned in by Robert Downey Jr. Even in the face of this new threat, Stark never runs out of quips. Jon Favreau mixed the quick retorts with some regular dialogue, but Shane Black’s script is so loaded with wisecracks that it begins to wear thin. It’s the type of banter that better fits a buddy cop movie. This film has as much action as the first two outings. The big showdown is loaded with firepower, but it is shot with such an arm’s-length approach that it’s like watching a fireworks show rather than setting the fireworks off yourself.
‘Hawaii Five-0: The Third Season’
The updated version of the classic TV detective series has settled into a solid rhythm because of the strong cast. Alex O’Loughlin anchors the team as the leaner, meaner version of Steve McGarrett. But he gets a lot of support from Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. The show also works because of a strong central villain in Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos). Even when he’s not the center of the police investigation, the character continues to cast a shadow over the island. Add in Christine Lahti as McGarrett’s mom with a spy past and the series has numerous ways to go with stories. The DVD set includes all 24 episodes, plus deleted scenes, a cast and crew gag reel and several short behind-the-scenes features.
Music changes the life of a grumpy man (Terence Stamp).
‘Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Ruh-Roh Robot!’
The 12 mysteries include the new cartoon “Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace.”
‘Dear Mom, Love Cher’
A look at Cher’s close relationship with her family, including her mother, Georgia Holt.
‘Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series’
Includes 13 episodes and two Christmas specials.
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