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DVD previews: 'Veronica Mars Movie,' 'Still Mine'

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  • TV's "Veronica Mars" (Kristen Bell) is back on the case in a movie version now on DVD.

      TV's "Veronica Mars" (Kristen Bell) is back on the case in a movie version now on DVD.

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, May 6:

"The Veronica Mars Movie" (PG-13, 107 minutes, Warner): The audience for the big-screen version of "Veronica Mars" will probably fall into one of three camps: those who loved the mid-2000s television show and would enjoy the movie even if it were a remake of "Grown-Ups 2" starring Kristen Bell; those who adored the teen-noir detective show and got so amped about the film that it could never live up to their expectations; and those who have never heard of Veronica Mars but think the spunky, acerbic heroine seems pretty swell. It's good to have Veronica back, but the movie lacks some of the verve and chemistry that made the series a must-see. Contains sexual situations, drug content, violence and language. Extras include a making-of featurette that focuses on the roughly 90,000 fans who contributed to a Kickstarter campaign to get the movie made. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scenes, gag reel and six "More On-Set Fun" featurettes such as a look at the young Veronica, "Welcome to Keith Mars Investigation," and a "game show" with Bell and co-star Chris Lowell.

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"Still Mine" (PG-13, 103 minutes, Fox): Like the Academy Award-winning "Amour," "Still Mine" is a love story in which the protagonists are, refreshingly, not hard-bodied Hollywood hotties. The surprisingly moving but clear-eyed Canadian film about a couple in their 80s even shows us, if only briefly, the wrinkled naked flesh of its stars, James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold, playing a long-married couple who are still physically intimate. Based on a true story, the film by writer-director Michael McGowan is structured around the efforts of Craig (Cromwell) to build a more manageable house for his increasingly forgetful wife, Irene (Bujold), after she falls and breaks her hip. Craig, a laconic, can-do farmer in rural New Brunswick, runs afoul of the local bureaucracy when he tries to build the home himself, without plans and with unapproved lumber. On one level, it's a David-and-Goliath tale. On one side is a stubbornly old-fashioned man; on the other is the modern system, represented by an equally stubborn building inspector (Jonathan Potts), who keeps trying to shut down Craig's project for code violations, each of which Craig tries to address with the help of his lawyer (Campbell Scott) and his engineer grandson (Zachary Bennett). Contains language, brief nudity and sexual situations. No special features.

Also: "Making the Rules," "All in Good Time," "Desert Riders" (documentary), "Simon and the Oaks" (Sweden), "Separate But Equal," "Generation War," "Alexander Calder" (documentary), "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" (Lifetime anthology of five short films that explore the impact of mental illness), "Survival Code," "7 Boxes" (Paraguay), "Love Happy" (1949), "Countess Dracula" (1971), "Ace in the Hole" (1951), "Johnny Come Lately" (1943), "Josh: Against the Grain" (Pakistan), "Between Sisters," "Brownian Movement" (Netherlands), "The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama," "The Dinosaur Experiment," "Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing" (live concert filmed in 2003), "Explorer Koko," "Lewis Black: Old Yeller," "Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary" and "DC Universe: Son of Batman."

Television series: "Rookie Blue: Fourth Season," "China Beach: Season Three," "Eureka: Season Three," "Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 12," "Happy Days: Fifth Season," "Laverne & Shirley: Eighth and Final Season," "Doomsday Preppers: Season 3," "Republic of Doyle, Season 1" and "Adventure Time: The Suitor."

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