Salt — Angelina Jolie is back to kick ass and take names in this CIA action flick written for Tom Cruise. Cruise backed out, Edwin Salt was changed to Evelyn Salt, and the rest, shall we say, is history. As in movies past, Jolie teases her audience with some gratuitous shots (getting tortured in the film early on in nothing but her bra and panties) and proves the idea that action is “a man’s world” is simply outdated.
Ramona and Beezus— Fans who grew up reading the classic Beverly Cleary books might be curious to see the characters of Ramona and Beezus transition to the big screen, but be assured, this is a movie for kids. Those of you looking for an adult reason to go — Josh Duhamel, just as pretty when fully clothed, pops up as Uncle Hobart.
The All Hearts Tour with Kelis, Robyn, and Dan Black
Kicking off Friday night at Hollywood's Music Box Theater, the All Hearts Tour is a must-attend for anyone who likes their dance music served up smart and satisfying. The double-billed tour (gay U.K. artist Black opens for the two divas) travels to San Francisco, Boston, D.C., Philly, and closes at New York's Webster Hall on August 5. (Below, see Robyn perform "Dancing on My Own" at gay London super-club Heaven.)
The Laziest Gal in Town by Jane Krakowski
The 30 Rock scene-stealer shows off the sensational musical chops that helped earn her a Tony Award (for Nine) in this recording of her recent cabaret debut at Feinstein’s in New York. Krakowski's on-stage banter between songs is fresh and witty but she can belt with the best of them, tearing through 11 vintage compositions, including the Pal Joey standard "Zip," here retitled "Tweet" featuring hilarious new lyrics (courtesy of Hairspray’s Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman) that takes jabs at current events ranging from Whitney's vocal problems to Prop. 8.
Black Narcissus: Criterion Collection —Powell-Pressburger's erotically-charged melodrama follows English nuns (among them Deborah Kerr and the astonishing Kathleen Byron as a sister gone mad) who migrate to the exotic Himalayas to open a convent school but find their vows of chastity and sanity tempted by a local British man wearing the shortest shorts that side of the sexual revolution. This must-see classic offers perhaps the most beautiful cinematography ever and has undergone a digital transfer for its debut on Blu-ray. It's also loaded with bonus features including an audio commentary from Martin Scorsese.
I Do & I Don't—Jane Lynch’s pre-Glee turn as a hard drinking, cigarillo-smoking suburban cougar is the highlight of this screwball comedy about a couple forced to endure pre-marital counseling from a couple ill-equipped to advise them.
The Red Shoes: Criterion Collection — Another of Powell-Pressburger's gorgeous fantasias from the 1940s, this one loosely-based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, follows a young ballerina (the dazzling Moira Shearer) devoted to her art and torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario who demands perfection. The film is widely considered the greatest and most influential dance film of all time and the ballet sequence at the center of the film is almost hallucinatory. The Red Shoes makes its debut on Blu-ray and contains a bevy of bonus features including interviews and Jeremy Irons reading the original fairy tale.