Stories about the end of the world, lacrosse, vampires and strippers hit DVD this week.
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, GRADE B: Two very different people find each other during the last three weeks of life on Earth. The first few moments suggest this Earth-ending story is going to be a dark look at humanity, then the script settles into a sweeter tone that shifts this from a foreboding tale of death and destruction to a sweet, albeit short, love story.
CROOKED ARROWS, GRADE B-MINUS: The film wants to do for lacrosse what Invictus did for rugby. It's based on the true story of a struggling team of Native American high-school students. Losing has brought great shame on the community because the tribe considers lacrosse a gift from the Great Creator.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, GRADE B-MINUS: If you can get past the absurdity that the 16th president divided his time between the White House and killing vampires, this is pure entertainment. Benjamin Walker does a good job of playing Lincoln, a man who learned to split logs so he could kill vampires better.
MAGIC MIKE, GRADE C: A young man is taught the ropes by veteran dancers. First-time screenwriter Reid Carolin loads Magic Mike with clichés, including a conniving dance-club boss and a down-and-out stripping virgin who goes from innocent to sinner in less time than it takes to pull off a pair of breakaway pants.
ALSO NEW ON DVD OCT. 23:
TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION: Madea offers witness protection.
BLADE RUNNER: Blu-ray version released to mark 30th anniversary.