DVD Releases for 08/03/10

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Kids’ film.  Nice stuff.  No problems.  But let’s face it, it’s no A Prophet.

Kick-Ass – Fun if a little unsettling, but a nice adaptation of graphic materials, which doesn’t always happen.  But it’s got nothing on A Prophet.

The Ghost Writer – What a great year for Roman Polanski!  This film, and the Swiss love, he must feel pretty good.  But A Prophet makes him look like a piker.

STEVE’S CHOICE: A Prophet – Jacques Audiard’s brilliant film, with searing performances by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup, is a sort of coming of age crime story, almost entirely set in the cold, violent setting of a prison.  This is one not to miss, one of the year’s best films by a long shot.