2012, Disney, PG-13, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $40
Six comic book superheroes assemble to save Earth from domination by Thor's evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is joined by Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) at the behest of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says * * * out of four : The Avengers is a splashy superhero mash-up that should please breathless fanboys.
Damsels in Distress
2012, Sony, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $36
Three coeds (played by Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Carrie
MacLemore) are determined liven things up on a grungy male-dominated college
campus. In the process, the go through a variety of relationships. Adam Brody,
Ryan Metcalf and Analieigh Tipton also star. Puig: two stars
2012, IFC Films, $25; Blu-ray, $30
Samuel L. Jackson plays a grifter fresh out of prison after 25 years. He see
the chance for a fresh start with a woman he meets (Ruth Negga), but the son of
his former partner (Luke Kirby) coerces into helping him in a high-stakes con
2012, Lionsgate, R, $27
Martine (Winona Ryder) is a playwright putting on a new production starring
her boyfriend. But she becomes paranoid when she starts having hallucinations
and wonders she's delusional or if somebody actually is plotting against her.