As we're getting ready to cross the finish line of the 2010 holiday season, Hollywood has decided to pad this week with a dizzying array of theatrical-to-DVD releases. There's smash hits -- the CGI-animated 'Despicable Me' and the cop-buddy actioner 'The Other Guys.' There's the top-grossing thinking person's action-thriller 'The Town' and the mindless entertainment 'The A-Team.' For the kids there's 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' and 'Nanny McPhee Returns.' And for the indie-minded, there's 'Cyrus,' 'Mother and Child' and 'Exit Through the Gift Shop.' And, lastly, by way of France, there's the wacky revenge comedy 'Micmacs.' Read on.
'Despicable Me'
What It's About: Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a supervillain with a heart of (he-doesn't-know-it-yet-but-he-will-by-the-end-of-the-movie) gold who needs to pull off a major heist to get one up on his arch-competitor (Jason Segel), who has just stolen the Great Pyramid at Giza. Gru comes up with what he thinks will be the biggest robbery in the history of the world: He wants to shrink and then steal the moon. But first he needs the help of three local orphan girls, which pretty much seals his fate: The girls want Gru to be their daddy.

It's Kinda Like: 'The Triplets of Belleville' meets 'The Incredibles'

What We Say: It's hard to give 'Toy Story 3' a run for its CGI/Animated money, but 'Despicable Me' sure gave it the old college try. Though laden with cliches (a villain who got that way cause he was neglected by his mother; the world can be saved by the children; etc.), the story line has enough nuanced and sophisticated jokes and off-the-wall humor to make up for any plot shortcomings. And don't forget Gru's scene-stealing yellow minions, who add just the right amount of absurdity to the proceedings.


• Extras: Commentary, featurettes and three new mini-movies starring the minions.
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'The Other Guys'
What It's About: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as a mild-mannered police forensic accountant and a disgraced hot-shot cop, respectively, in this surprise summer comedy hit that subverts the typical cop shoot-em-up and chase-em-down outings. Though they're the other guys -- the duo that sits at the desk behind the front lines -- they're itching for action, and they get their wish when they uncover a $32-billion stock market rip-off and begin to track down the villains.

It's Kinda Like: 'Wall Street' meets 'Rush Hour'

What We Say: At first look this seems like just another cop action-comedy with mismatched protagonists, a genre that stretches back to '48 HRS,' 'Lethal Weapon' and beyond. But it quickly becomes evident that this outing is a major spoof of macho cop action films, and the pairing of low-brow goofball Ferrell with hard-case Wahlberg lets you know that you're in for some outrageous situations, irrelevant one-liners and very funny gags. And at the heart of the matter is a definite disdain for the captains of industry who steal your money not with a gun but a ballpoint pen
• Extras: Plenty of fun featurettes, including the first-ever all-mom commentary, "The 'Mom'-mentary," an audio track in which the mothers of Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and writer Chris Henchy serve up their reactions to the film.
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'The Other Guys' End Credits: Silly Comedy, Serious Message

'The Town'
What It's About: Ben Affleck plays Doug MacRay, the leader of a pack of ruthless Boston bank robbers who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean. MacRay wants to retire but, as is wont with so many heist films, he has to plan one more big job. Complicating things is his trigger-happy, unstable best friend (Jeremy Renner), his feelings for a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) he encountered during their previous robbery, and the FBI agent (Jon Hamm) whose single-minded goal in life is to bring MacRay and his team to justice.

It's Kinda Like: 'Heat' meets 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle'

What We Say: Affleck, thankfully, didn't let his acting career go south after the debacle of 'Gigli,' and now that he has added directing chores to his resume, the man is definitely a triple threat (he also wrote the screenplay). In this straight-ahead, by-the-book heist film, Affleck fine tunes his thespian and helming abilities, creating a sympathetic character amongst a gang of scummy thieves as well as making sure that his film never drags or let's the viewer down. You get what you expect -- plus more. And Affleck's cast hit all the right notes, in particular the almost-over-the-edge Renner, the always-innocent Hall and the luscious Blake Lively (as Affleck's sleazy ex-girlfriend).
• Extras: Commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
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'The A-Team'
What It's About: It's loud, it's noisy, it's stupid -- hey, it's the big screen version of 'The A-Team.' In this remake -- or rather redo -- of the popular 1980s TV series, four Iraq War veterans go undercover to clear their names after being accused by the military of a crime they didn't commit. There's lots of explosions, crazy stunts, dumb one-liners, special effects, weaponry, fights -- everything a mindless action film should have. The only thing missing is a coherent plot.

It's Kinda Like: 'The Expendables' meets 'Starsky & Hutch'

What We Say: All that glitters is not gold, and all that explodes is not exciting. We once again have to invoke our patented squirmfest factor -- the amount of time you squirm in your seat at the banality on the screen -- and give this one a top-notch squirm rating. There's just too many stunts that blatantly defy reality, and too many situations that just don't forward what little plot there is. And then there's Jessica Biel as a tough military officer chasing after the A-Team. Jessica Biel. Military. Squirm.
• Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary, extensive behind-the-scenes FX.
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Best in Blu-ray: 'The Black Pirate,' 'True Grit,' 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

Other New December 14 DVD Releases:
'Nanny McPhee Returns': Emma Thompson returns as the magical nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least; here she shows up at the door of a harried young mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who's trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war.
'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole': Director Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure based on the Kathryn Lasky books about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.
'Cyrus': John C. Reilly plays a lovable loser whose attempts to have a meaningful romance with the new woman in his life (Marisa Tomei) is hampered by her 21-year-old new age musician live-at-home son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who definitely doesn't want to share his mom with anyone else.
'Mother and Child': Chronicles the compelling stories of three women whose lives become fatefully intertwined by the unbreakable bond between mother and child: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an black woman looking to adopt a child of her own. Stars Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington.
'Exit Through the Gift Shop': Documentary about street art by hot young British graffitti artist Banksy.
'Micmacs': From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of 'The City of Lost Children,' 'Delicatessen,' 'Alien: Resurrection,' 'Amelie' and 'A Very Long Engagement,' comes this delightful French comedy about a young man who teams with a community of junk yard outcasts to wreak revenge on the munitions manufacturers who have scarred his life.

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The A-Team
Based on 37 critics

Former Special Forces soldiers use their unique skills to clear their names of wrongdoing. Read More

Despicable Me
In Theaters on July 9th, 2010

One of the world's greatest villains (Steve Carell) meets his match in three little orphans. Read More

The Other Guys
Based on 35 critics

Two desk-bound detectives (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) get a chance to work on a real case. Read More

The Town
Based on 42 critics

A bank robber looks for a way out of his criminal life after he falls for a former hostage. Read More

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