Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99
Writer-director John Maclean's Western fable has a shaky first hour, trying too hard to be quirky and precious while telling the story of a dangerously naive Scottish immigrant (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who goes searching for his childhood sweetheart on the frontier with the help of a good-hearted outlaw (
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Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $19.99
Graphic designer Henry Hobson's feature directing debut stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer who faces an unexpected crises when his oldest daughter (played by
Merchants of Doubt
Sony Blu-ray, $38.99
Available on VOD Tuesday.
Based on Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway's nonfiction report of the same name, Robert Kenner's documentary looks at the scientists hired by corporations and conservative think-tanks to appear on news programs, touting skewed data about public health issues and climate change. Kenner, best known for the agitprop doc "Food, Inc.," follows the lead of the book in trying to raise awareness of how untrustworthy "experts" can be, and he also attempts to understand the real political convictions of paid misinformers. The "Merchants of Doubt" Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack includes a Kenner commentary track and deleted scenes.
Playing House: Season One
Cable television has done an excellent job of late in providing multi-talented, funny women with space to express themselves. The excellent "Broad City," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Girls" get all the headlines, but USA's sitcom "Playing House" is every bit as sharp, even though it's less edgy. Longtime comedy partners Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair co-created the show and co-star as old friends who are reunited in their hometown right after each of them suffers a life-changing event — one a divorce while nearing the end of her pregnancy and the other the loss of a high-paying job. The rapport between Parham and St. Clair has been well developed over a decade-plus of working together, and even though the stories in "Playing House" rely on fairly typical domestic farce, the quality of the dialogue and performances makes even the weaker episodes a treat.
House of Cards: The Complete Third Season
Sony, $55.99; Blu-ray, $65.99
Kill Me Three Times
Magnolia/Magnet, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98
PBS, $44.99; Blu-ray, $49.99
Available on VOD Tuesday
Woman in Gold
Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99
Available on VOD Tuesday