Updated: July 8, 2011, 6:27 AM
“The Lincoln Lawyer” (R, 119 minutes): Matthew McConaughey plays Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, a notorious bottom- feeder whose office is the back of a Lincoln Town Car. Mickey is a scammer, a scoundrel and a striver in the finest cinematic tradition of Sidney Falco and Jerry Maguire. As Haller, McConaughey makes the most of his Texas drawl, slicked-back hair and ingratiating affability. He agrees to represent rich kid Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who so earnestly insists that he didn’t commit the savage beating of a girl that Haller almost believes him. With the help of investigator Frank Levin, Haller begins to build his defense, along the way discovering the case is far more complicated than he first thought. Contains some violence, sexual content and profanity. DVD extras: interviews with McConaughey and novelist Michael Connelly, makingof featurette, deleted scenes.
“Rango” (PG, 107 minutes): When Rango’s aquarium gets jostled out of a traveling car, leaving its tender-footed inhabitant alone to fend for himself in the Mojave desert, Rango (voice of Johnny Depp) drags himself to the dusty town of Dirt, a dry and forbidding outpost ruled by a hard-shelled turtle mayor (Ned Beatty) and inhabited by a menagerie of rodents, amphibians, reptiles and sundry desert creatures. “Rango” has a spiky, unsentimental appeal, sending out slightly risque jokes to parents while staying safely out of the danger zone for kids. Contains rude humor, mild profanity, action and smoking. DVD extras: Audio commentary with the filmmakers, alternate ending, makingof featurette and deleted scenes. Also, on Blu-ray, storyboard reel picture-in-picture and an interactive trip to Dirt.
“Insidious” (PG-13, 103 minutes): The latest fright-fest from the producer of “Paranormal Activity” and the writer-director team from “Saw” doesn’t suffer from false advertising. The old house in which the film opens is no “Amityville Horror,” but between the crackling voices on the baby monitor and inexplicably moving objects, the place is plenty spooked. When Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne), the young couple who have just moved in with their three kids, have enough of that nonsense, they quickly call a real estate agent. Unfortunately, the next home they move into is just as bad, and it seems that the Lamberts’ son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is haunted, not the houses. Contains brief obscenity, scary entities from the spirit realm and a child in jeopardy. DVD extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
“Arthur” (PG-13, 110 minutes): By 1981, when the original “Arthur” came out, the slurred-speech shtick of Dudley Moore — the titular playboy alcoholic who cackled wildly at his own jokes — was already getting old. Arthur (Russell Brand) is the man-child heir of a family fortune who has been burning up his trust fund with hookers and booze. After he embarrasses his shrewish, strait-laced mother (Geraldine James) one time too many by crashing one of his collection of vintage movie cars (in this case, the Batmobile), Mommy Dearest lays down an ultimatum: Marry the gold-digging but pedigreed Susan (Jennifer Garner, in claws-out, mane-shaking glory) or be cut off from the money tree forever. Arthur agrees, reluctantly. That is, until he meets Naomi (Greta Gerwig), a sweet and penniless free spirit. Contains sexual situations, some obscenity, comedic alcohol abuse and far more jokes and/or sight gags related to the main character’s “winkie” than are necessary, or funny. DVD extras: additional scenes.
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