Scrat and friends continue to evolve in the kid-friendly 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,' while there's something wrong -- very, very wrong -- with Esther in the not-for-kids 'Orphan.' Plus: Larry David plays Woody Allen in 'Whatever Works.' Get the scoop on this week's new DVD releases, plus recommendations from weeks' past. a href="http://www.moviefone.com/movie/ice-age-dawn-of-the-dinosaurs/30172/main">'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs'
What It's About: The animated characters from the two previous 'Ice Age' adventures are back and up to more mischief. This outing revolves around Sid the sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo), who gets into trouble when he adopts some dinosaur eggs to create a makeshift family.
It's Kinda Like: 'Ice Age' meets 'The Land Before Time'
What We Say: The franchise is showing its age; the visual jokes are getting stale and some of the characters are "over the hill": Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) is an expectant father and Diego the sabre tooth tiger (Denis Leary) gets winded chasing his prey. The folks at Fox have introduced a couple of new characters, a wise-cracking one-eyed weasel and a "love" interest for the sabre-toothed squirrel Scratte, but the creative juice that marked the original is lacking here. For the kids only.
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What It's About: Married couple Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard adopt an angelic 9-year-old girl from an orphanage but little Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) isn't what she seems to be (of course). Whenever there's an accident, Ester seems to be there; when anyone makes her angry, a leg or a head gets mysteriously broken. As the body count mounts, only one person knows the truth, and, in classic horror film style, no one believes her. We do.
It's Kinda Like: 'The Bad Seed' on steroids
What We Say: A straightforward adult horror-thriller with fine direction and cinematography that will keep you on the edge of your seat; after the exploitive trailers teasing the film, we were pleasantly surprised (or shall we say scared). Farmiga holds the film together with her star turn, while newcomer Fuhrman can turn from nice to nasty on a dime; this is one youngster we wouldn't give candy to. For the adults only.
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What It's About: New Yorker Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) is a misanthropic genius who pretty much hates everything and everyone around him. But when he meets a naive runaway from Mississippi (Evan Rachel Wood) and lets her stay in his apartment, she steals his heart. Things get a bit complicated for this May-December romance when the girl's uptight parents arrive to rescue her.
It's Kinda Like: 'Broadway Danny Rose' meets 'Lolita'
What We Say: Woody Allen is back to his old tricks in New York City, dealing with the anxieties and neuroses that made him famous. This time David ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') stands in for the director, delivering fast-paced monologues on life, death and the absurdities of existence. David is pitch-perfect and Wood amazes with a performance imbued with humor and style. It's a film with heart and soul.
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Other October 27 DVD Releases:
'Nothing Like the Holidays'
'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure'
Recent DVD Recommendations
Check out previous weeks' DVD releases that get our seal of approval, including 'I Love You, Man' and 'Coraline.'
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