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April 17, 2014

New on DVD: ‘Black Nativity,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ ‘Nut Job’

This rises above the standard holiday film because of the strong writing, acting and music. There’s always going to be sentimentality that comes with emotional redemption tales. But because director Kasi Lemmons quickly shows the film’s central figure has a good heart and is only facing bad decisions, the transformation that eventually comes feels real and grounded.

Black Nativity

This rises above the standard holiday film because of the strong writing, acting and music. There’s always going to be sentimentality that comes with emotional redemption tales. But because director Kasi Lemmons quickly shows the film’s central figure has a good heart and is only facing bad decisions, the transformation that eventually comes feels real and grounded.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A timid magazine worker goes on a true-life adventure. Ben Stiller stars as Mitty, a man who has lived most of his life dreaming of adventure. It loses its way when Mitty goes from dreamer to doer.

The Nut Job

Strictly fun for kids. They will go nuts for the tale. But adults may just go nuts waiting for the rather redundant comic humor to end. Fresno Bee

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