First Look: Family Friendly Summer 2013 DVD Picks

Summertime is the perfect time to catch up on the movies that you didn’t get to see.

Here are a few picks that are great to view while you are home.

The Education Pick


In this Oscar-nominated documentary, six men who oversaw Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet — which defends the country against internal and external terrorism — give their first-ever detailed interviews on their work, offering a riveting firsthand account of how legitimate security concerns can lead to policies considered extreme and even immoral by the people administering them. Their frighteningly candid observations are a riveting and often disheartening summary of the push-me-pull-you war on terror with global implications. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles. (PG-13; violent content, disturbing images)


Release: July 9, 2013

The Discussion Movie


A relationship expert bored with her cooled-off marriage ends up in a passionate affair with a smooth-talking client with a dark side. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Brandy Norwood. (PG-13; sex, some violence, drug use) Not reviewed.

Feature Running Time:111 minutes



·      “Professional Fashionistas: From Frumpy to Fab” featurette

·      “The Temptation Ensemble” featurette

Release: July 9, 2013

The Teen Movie

THE HOST (Universal)

In a future where extraterrestrials have taken over the minds (and bodies) of most of Earth’s human population, a girl whose “real” self resists the swap becomes a pawn in the battle between humans and the aliens. Based on the first book in the latest young-adult series by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. With Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel. (PG-13; violence, language, some sensuality)

Release: July 9, 2013


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The Adventure Action Movie

G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation

In the continuing adventures of the G.I. Joe team, Duke (Channing Tatum), second-in-command Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), and the rest of the Joes (D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee) face a two-fold threat. Not only is their mortal enemy COBRA rearing its ugly head again, but there is also a threat from within the U.S. government: There might be an impostor in the White House. Meanwhile, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) is on a search for inner peace but learns that his nemesis, Storm Shadow, is still alive.

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Release: July 30, 2013

 The Family Movie


“42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes.


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Release July 16, 2013

The Family Movie

Peter Pan Return to Neverland: Special Edition

Wendy’s very practical and no-nonsense daughter, Jane, begins the adventure of a lifetime when the infamous Captain Hook whisks her away to the enchanted island of Never Land. It’s up to Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys to help Jane believe in faith, trust, and pixie dust. With the first-ever Lost Girl at his side, will Peter Pan finally defeat Hook and his swashbuckling band of pirates?


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