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On DVD This Week – 27 Dresses, The Golden Compass and Diving Bell

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27 Dresses‘ Katherine Heigl and James Marsden have surprising chemistry in their scenes together, which elevates this “always the brides-maid, never the bride” comedy from run-of-the-mill fare. You’ll probably be able to guess where the plot is going far before the characters do, but with a good romantic comedy, that’s just the way we like it.

• Generally credited with the dissolution of New Line Cinemas, The Golden Compass is an opulent spectacle that outdoes itself on special effects, while neglecting the nuances of Philip Pullman’s novel. Despite the kid-friendly props and young cast, it’s not the easiest movie to explain to the little ones.

• Speaking of uplifting (or not), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is Julian Schnabel’s adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby true-life tale. After suffering a stroke, Bauby learned to communicate with only his left eye. Alternating between claustrophobia and beauty, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is filled with unforgettable images, and is a story that will inspire you long after the movie ends.

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