Posted on Saturday, 12th February 2011 by Sean Permewan

“Unstoppable”: Two railroad employees (Chris Pine, Denzel Washington) must stop a runaway train.

Tony Scott faced a formidable challenge with his latest film. He had to create tension, excitement and danger without having a villain. Although he brushes close to the boundaries of absurdity at times, the veteran director manages to capture all of those elements through a speeding locomotive.

Washington has shown an interest in playing average men pushed into extraordinary situations in movies such as “The Taking of Pelham 123″ and “The Book of Eli.” He’s comfortable slipping into that skin and it shows, especially in scenes with Pine. Grade: B

“Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol”: It only took Matt Smith a few episodes to prove he’s the right actor to take over this iconic science fiction role. He brings an energy and youthful enthusiasm to the role that allows him to put his own spin on a character played by 10 other actors.

This holiday episode gives Smith the chance to show off that energy and enthusiasm as he deals with a modern take on the Charles Dickens story. The only way the doctor can save a crashing space liner is to save the soul of a lonely miser.

It’s done in glorious “Doctor Who” fashion. Grade: B+

  • “Waiting for ‘Superman”: The documentary looks at efforts to fix the educational system.

  • “The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season, Vol. 2″: David Janssen stars in the series about a man trying to find the person who killed his wife.

  • “Everyday Black Man”: A man must return to his former violent past.

  • “Murphy’s Law Series 3″: BBC’s undercover cop series starring James Nesbitt.

  • “Spin City: Season 4″: Heather Locklear joins the cast playing Mayor Winston’s campaign manager.

  • “Stag Night”: A planned bachelor party goes bad. Breckin Meyer stars.

  • “Glorious 39″: A young woman’s life changes after she finds secret recordings of a pro-Hitler movement.

  • “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure”: This tale of a 10-year-old’s life during the American Revolution marks American Girl’s 25th anniversary.

  • “Wishbone”: A terrier ends up in such tales as “Robin Hood” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

  • “National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie”: A producer (Christopher Meloni) wants to make the dirtiest movie ever made.

    “MI-5: Volume 8″: Eight episodes of the BBC series starring Peter Firth are in the set.

  • “Who Do You Think You Are?”: NBC series that examines the family trees of celebrities.

  • “Hoodwinked!”: The quirky animated version of Little Red Riding Hood’s available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo.

  • “Jump Into Spring”: Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Barney are all on this new DVD.

  • “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within”

  • “The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu”

  • “Top Gear 14″ and “Top Gear 15″

  • “All the President’s Men” (on Blu-ray)

  • “Network” (on Blu-ray)

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