This week's new DVD releases offer everything from historic battles to dinosaurs.
"FOR GREATER GLORY," GRADE B-MINUS: Andy Garcia stars in this story of a Mexican war over religious freedom. Director Dean Wright faced a major hurdle in putting together his epic feature. Wright had to provide enough explanation for the film to be understood, but not so much that he bored those already aware of this dark period. In general, he succeeds.
"SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN," GRADE B-MINUS: Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth star in this dark version of the classic fairy tale. The latest grim look at a Grimm story features the ever-dour Stewart and the charismatic Hemsworth. Just like in the fairy tale of yore, it's the Wicked Queen (Charlize Theron) who steals the show.
"WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING," GRADE C-MINUS: Four women deal with how their lives will change because of motherhood. Cameron Diaz stars. Their stories meander and occasionally bump into one another. Director Kirk Jones is like a one-armed juggler. He can't seem to figure out how to get a scene started, then he lets everything come to a crashing end. He never finds the kind of rhythm necessary to keep so many story lines going.
Also new on DVD Sept. 11:
"OCTOBER BABY": A young woman searches for her birth parents.
"GIRL IN PROGRESS": Mother-daughter comedy.