There aren’t any major releases at all this week on home video. So if you’re looking for something to play in the background while you’re setting off your fireworks, you might be better off looking at some of the other releases that have come out in recent weeks. That said, here’s what you can pick up tomorrow:

The Unknown Known


Errol Morris trains his gifted documentarian eye on former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his latest film, The Unknown Known, and critics say it’s mostly a triumph, even if it isn’t as probing as some would have liked. Utilizing both archival footage and direct interviews, the film is a look back on Rumsfeld’s career, which spanned several presidencies, focusing on the most prominent military engagements of the past few decades (Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc). While the end result was fascinating enough to earn a Certified Fresh 83% on the Tomatometer, some critics were disappointed that Morris never quite squeezed any shockingly candid confessions from Rumsfeld or took him to task for what many have considered poor judgment. Still, it’s plenty engrossing on its own and should provide for some thought-provoking conversation for politically-minded viewers.

Also available this week:

  • Certified Fresh Indian import The Lunchbox (95%), a romantic drama about a woman who bonds with a stranger when he mistakenly becomes the recipient of lunchbox meals intended for the woman’s husband.
  • Certified Fresh Japanese import Like Father, Like Son (87%), a drama about two families whose lives become intertwined when the discover their six-year-olds were switched at birth.
  • Season One of the Certified Fresh SyFy series Helix (81%), about a team of scientists researching a disease outbreak in the arctic.
  • There’s also a DVD collection of classic Twilight Zone episodes packaged as Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection), which contains some of the most memorable and iconic stories from the program, including favorites like “Time Enough At Last,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” and “The Eye of the Beholder,” among others.
This week at the movies, we’ve got just one new wide release: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in the latest Marvel superhero adventure. What do the critics have to say?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


It’s become fashionable in some film-going circles to dismiss the recent spate of comic book adaptations as evidence that Hollywood is bereft of ideas. Critics say Captain America: The Winter Soldier offers a powerful rebuttal, delivering outstanding performances and a thoughtful political undercurrent to complement its visceral thrills. This time out, Captain America (Chris Evans) is working undercover for S.H.I.EL.D., but quickly discovers that the organization is far more secretive than he suspected. Meanwhile, a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier has carried out a series of killings — and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) seems to know more about his identity than she’s telling. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Captain America: The Winter Soldier should please both newcomers and Marvel diehards — it’s slick and action-packed, and most intriguingly, often has the feel of a paranoid thriller from the 1970s. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a list of memorable superhero franchise part twos..)

Also opening this week in limited release:

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