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New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray For May 8th: 'Upstream Color', 'Mama', and More

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by Forrest Cardamenis
May 8, 2013 1:02 PM
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"Upstream Color."

If you're like me, you're head over heels for this week's home video releases. My favorite film of the year so far, "Upstream Color," and one of my favorites of last year, "Starlet," both arrive on Blu-ray. If you're less like me, you still have a solid horror film and an action film, both with big name stars. If you're not like me at all, don't fear: Nicholas Sparks is here.

After only a month in theaters, the year's most talked about release is making its way into your home.

"Upstream Color"
Criticwire Average: B+ (65 grades)

"'Upstream' sees our director/writer/actor/producer/composer/cinematographer and specifically editor take a considerable leap forward on the visual playing field, spatially jumping around, as dialogue will bleed into preceding shots and wonderfully composed, erratic scenarios are scattered amongst the tender romantic through-line." -- Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

Sean Baker takes another peak inside private lives with "Starlet."

"Starlet"
Criticwire Average: B (27 grades)

"This is one of those all-too-rare movies that assumes you're paying enough attention that you don't have to have everything repeated to you three times." -- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

Guillermo del Toro liked Andres Muschietti's short film so much that he provided the funding for this feature-length version.

"Mama"
Criticwire Average: B- (25 grades)

"'Mama' has a lot of great ideas, but it's muddled by too much reliance on fantasy and contrived plot points. The good news is that, as scary movies go, this one at least has a very interesting subtext: it's not just about two yahoos in a house with a ghost and a video camera. It's about the dark side of mothering, a very scary subject." -- Yehudit Mam, I've Had It With Hollywood

Tom Cruise stars in "Jack Reacher," an adaptation of Lee Child's novel "One Shot."

"Jack Reacher"
Criticwire Average: B- (36 grades)

"This murky crime thriller may make reference to the thin line between murder and war. But pretty much as a sidebar vehicle to the obvious main attraction." -- Prairie Miller, News Blaze

A crazy plot twist makes "Safe Haven" a memorable film, even if it's not for the right reasons.

"Safe Haven"
Criticwire Average: D+ (13 grades)

"Hough and Duhamel possess a believable and charming chemistry, and watching them fall in love is the highlight of an otherwise inconsequential film." -- Kate Erbland, MSN Movies

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