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May 7, 2014

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THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:

HER

2013; $16.99-$35.99; R

Despite the highly praised performance of Joaquin Phoenix in this “falling in love with Siri” experiment, the real star is director Spike Jonze, who makes us give a damn about Phoenix’s wimpy, whiny, sad-sack lost soul whose lonely longing is so great that he develops an intimate relationship with his cell phone. Or something like that. Scarlett Johansson gives voice to the computer, which is designed to intuitively sense what the user wants — which, in other hands, might have resulted in a wacky sex-comedy. Amy Adams and Rooney Mara complete the cast in this look at how seriously fragile we humans are.

I, FRANKENSTEIN

2014; $19.96-$39.96; PG-13

This based-on-a-graphic-novel continuation of the Frankenstein tale was royally trashed at the box office, but there’s a lot to like as Aaron Eckhardt’s 200-year-old “monster,” Adam, finds himself at the brink of humanity’s downfall. Caught amid an apocalyptic war between gargoyles and demons, Dr. F.’s journal — and Adam’s existence — become weapons in the hands of leggy blonde scientist Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck”). Ultimately a flashy, fun, silly, CGI-actioner with a great cast including the lovely Miranda Otto, the irrepressible Bill Nighy as the demon king, and Caitlin Stasey from “Reign.”

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DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL

2012; $21.98; UR

For the first hour, this follows a distraught father (Michael Thomson, TV’s “White Lines”) searching for the sadistic killer of his young daughter. But when he discovers who the murderer is (we won’t spoil it), he goes completely insane, implementing carefully researched, gut-wrenching torture techniques that will keep his victim alive and in blood-drenched agony for a week or more. Not really a “good” movie, but timely, nicely paranoid and very satisfying to those who enjoy a brutal splatterfest done with remarkable realism. Gory as hell.

FINAL EXAM

1981; $22.98-$29.99; R

First-ever Blu-ray release of a fondly remembered chestnut from the heyday of the dead-teenager movie. Starring no one you’ve ever heard of, with a plot that goes “College kids get sliced up by a maniac, credits roll,” this is a model slasher film in all its stupid, talky glory. Star and first-time actress Cecile Bagdadi was so awful that she quit acting after seeing herself on the screen. Her co-star, geeky Joel S. “Radish” Rice, also quit to become a TV producer, recently launching the animated “Bounty Hunters” series starring Jeff Foxworthy. See them before they became big stars!

GENERATION IRON

2014; $24.98; PG-13

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who first rose to fame under the name Arnold Stang (German for “strong”) in the bodybuilding doc “Pumping Iron,” joins with the same filmmakers in this updated look at the sport with help from narrator Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou “Hulk” Ferrigno (also from “Pumping Iron”), Busta Rhymes and a score of massive musclemen preparing for the Mr. Olympia competition.

GOD LOVES UGANDA

2013; $24.98; UR

If this doc doesn’t make you sick, then check with your doctor — you may be dead. Famed filmmaker Roger Ross Williams turns his camera on the homophobic assholes infesting the American Evangelical movement. Unable to spew their hate at home, they’ve gone to Uganda where they can poison minds unencumbered by that pesky ol’ Constitution, whipping the poor, wretched, superstitious populace into a frenzy of biblical proportions, resulting in widespread violence against gays — with an officially sanctioned death sentence when discovered. Sickening.

SHELTER ISLAND

2003; $9.99; R

While this “trapped with a stranger” 3 a.m. cable chick-thriller may not be a great film, it has one overwhelming reason to watch it: Ally Sheedy. Yes, it’s been a long time since “The Breakfast Club” and “Short Circuit,” but she’s still a beautiful lady and a fine actress. This movie plays as something of a bisexual bodice-ripper, with Sheedy as a rich heiress alone with her lover (Patsy Kensit, “Lethal Weapon 2”), when unwelcome stranger Stephen Baldwin appears at the door.

SPECIAL ID

2013; $14.98-$29.98; R

There were a lot of haters clogging the ’net when original co-star, Wenzhuo Zhao, walked out of production on this film. Yes, that caused a few hiccups, but Donnie Yen’s impressive and beautifully choreographed martial arts scenes more than make up for them. Also added were longtime Yen co-stars Andy On, Collin Chou and Ken Lo; their work here is first-rate, especially in the all-important action sequences. Plot? Who cares! This is the cutting edge of modern cops-and–Kung-Fu-gangster cinema. We liked it.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

2014; $14.98-$35.98; R

Three hot male former-teen heartthrobs — Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan — take a funny/hard look at adult relationships, particularly that whole “So, where is this going?” thing women love to spring on you once things get comfortable. But the women here are worth the torment, starting with Imogen “A Late Quartet” Poots, gangly-cute Mackenzie Davis of “Smashed,” Jessica Lucas from “Melrose Place” and Addison Timlin, who rocked “Odd Thomas.” A nicely R-rated romcom, well-written, with a few bare boy-butts.

THEATERLAND

1996; $34.99-$39.99; UR

If you are an actor or a fan of the performing arts, this deep, intimate doc/TV series on the inner workings of London’s famed Theatre Royal Haymarket will become a prized possession. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart headline what would become 172 sold-out performances of “Waiting For Godot” in the historic, century-old building. Eight wildly entertaining episodes filmed over six months, taking you from the front row to the back, to centerstage and backstage, meeting all the players — seen and unseen — that make up a theater family.

WOLVERINE WEAPON X: TOMORROW DIES TODAY

2014; $13.98; UR

Master storytellers Jason Aaron and Ron Garney took a major gamble in developing their own take on the venerable Deathlok character (no doubt inspired by TV’s “Agents of Shield”), but it pays off in this time-travel tale of war and frosty foam as Wolverine’s beer-drinking overindulgence goes global. You think they’re gonna fight? Boy howdy!

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