'Draft Day' a 'Moneyball' for the hard-core pro football fan

'They Came Together' tweaks the romcom and 'Moms' Night Out' is corny but hard to dislike.

Draft Day

Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99

A sort of "Moneyball" for people who distrust statisticians, "Draft Day" stars Kevin Costner as an NFL general manager (for the Cleveland Browns) who risks the ire of his owner, his coach and his fan base as he ignores what the numbers say and instead selects college players for the team who have what old-school jocks call "the intangibles." It's an unusual sports drama in that it's not interested in the long-range outcome of the hero's gutsy choices. This movie is more for hard-core pro football fans who are fascinated by the front office mechanics — although those fans may also be disappointed that it plays out so melodramatically, with so many contrived confrontations. The DVD and Blu-ray add a commentary track by director Ivan Reitman, along with deleted scenes and featurettes.

Night Moves

Cinedigm/New Video, $19.96; Blu-ray, $29.95

Available on VOD Tuesday

Writer-director Kelly Reichardt departs just slightly from her previous spare indie films "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff" with her latest, a quasi-suspense film about radical environmentalists who plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard play the core conspirators, each of whom has his or her own reasons for committing a terrorist act — not all of which are about saving the world. A thriller that practically defines the word "cerebral," "Night Moves" will likely let down anyone expecting something pulse-pounding. But as always, Reichardt excels at depicting the internal tensions that keep people from living harmoniously.

They Came Together

Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99

The comedy writing-producing-directing team of David Wain and Michael Showalter (best known for the cult favorite "Wet Hot American Summer") do some of their most inspired work in years with this tightly wound parody of romantic comedy conventions. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler play opposites who fall in love and then go through a series of complications that should be hilariously familiar to anyone who's ever seen a romcom. Somehow both sarcastic and adorable, "They Came Together" cuts deeply beneath the presumptions and preposterousness that hold this whole genre together (and does so in a tight 84 minutes, refreshing for comedy movies these days). Wain and Showalter provide a commentary track to the DVD and Blu-ray, which also have deleted scenes and featurettes.

Moms' Night Out

Sony, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

Like a lot of overtly religious movies, this comedy suffers from the need both to have a message and to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. While telling a simple story about a group of mothers who have a calamitous outing (while the men in their lives are doing just as badly on the home front), "Mom's Night Out" traffics in too many stereotypes about gender roles and too much corny humor. That said, there is a sweetness and earnestness about the film that makes it hard to dislike; the cast (including sitcom stalwart Patricia Heaton) is also pretty likable. There should be more movies like "Moms' Night Out" — just not this movie, per se. The DVD and Blu-ray include deleted scenes, featurettes and a commentary track.


Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Image, $27.97; Blu-ray, $34.97

For No Good Reason

Sony Blu-ray, $40.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

Under the Electric Sky

Universal, $19.98; Blu-ray, $26.98


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