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Taylor Kitsch stars 'John Carter.'

Taylor Kitsch stars in "John Carter."

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Updated: July 3, 2012 12:12PM

‘Act of Valor’ ★★1/2

(2012, ; R, 101 min.) Actual Navy SEALs are used in a war thriller involving the freeing of a kidnapped CIA agent, and a field operation to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. through tunnels from Mexico. The action footage is nonstop and effective but the characters are not seen in any depth. The SEALs seem real, all right, but are required to do little character acting. The film opens and closes with strong appeals to patriotism, but in between it’s a Friday-night special for teenage action fans. (Roger Ebert)

‘John Carter’ ★★1/2

(2012, Disney; PG-13, 132 min.) A Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) find himself transported to Mars, where he lands in the middle of a planetary war between two human-like cities, with the local four-armed race of Tharks in the middle. Lots and lots of action, a terrific heroine in Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), an intriguing alien design and well-done special effects. Director Andrew Stanton lacks the kind of tightly written script he had in “Finding Nemo,” and as science fiction, this is a couple of notches down from his “WALL-E,” but the movie is competent weekend action. (Roger Ebert)

New to Blu-ray

•“Animal House” (1978)

•“Casino” (1995)

•“Cocktail” (1988)

•“The Color of Money” (1986)

•“Erin Brockovich” (2000)

•“Flame Over India” (1959)

•“The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)

•“Hondo” (1953)

•“Hoosiers” (1986)

•“A Perfect World” (1993)

•“Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition” (1997)

•“Scent of a Woman” (1992)

•“Sea of Love” (1989)

•“Seven Days in Utopia” (2010)

•“Sixteen Candles” (1984)

•“Smokey and the Bandit” (1977)

•“Spartacus” (1961)

•“The Sting” (1973)

•“US Marshalls” (1998)

•“Yellow Submarine” (1968)

•“Zorba the Greek” (1964)

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