Jack Ryan returns
Directed by Kenneth Branagh in a jumbled blur of dizzying close-ups, revolving camera moves, handheld action sequences and deceptive layers of shiny surfaces, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” threatens to become less a resuscitation of the beloved Tom Clancy brand than yet another jumbled, jarring action flick that isn’t nearly as smart as its brainy protagonist.
But with Chris Pine competently stepping into shoes once occupied by Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin, Jack Ryan seems to have a reasonable chance at surviving into the 21st century.
Viewers don’t necessarily have to follow the arcane dialogue about algorithms and cellphone triangulations — or decipher the countless shots of computer screens — to understand the supremely simple plot. Suffice it to say that, true to Ryan’s roots in Clancy’s Cold War-era imagination, he’s once again fighting the Russians — here personified in a ruthless villain nicely underplayed by director Kenneth Branagh.
The DVD and Blu-ray (Paramount, $30-$40) include commentary by Branagh and the producer, deleted scenes and four featurettes.
Also out Tuesday: “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” “Non-Stop,” “Resurrection” (Season 1), “Tim’s Vermeer,” “True Detective” (Season 1).
Find a new place
The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” are fading from the air, which means it’s time for lots of folks to figure where, exactly, they’re going to live next. If you’re feeling clueless, you can enlist the help of the biggest experts around: the U.S. Census Bureau.
Dwellr (free, for Android and iOS devices) uses data from the American Community Survey to help you find an area that’s right for you and to research areas that you’re considering.
Dwellr matches your age, relationship status, desired occupation and other profile items to find the perfect city for you. You can also look up how well you match particular cities if you need a quick read on your compatibility, or if you just want to find out more about your neighborhood.
You’re probably not going to find the city of your dreams solely from Dwellr, but think of it as online dating for geographic areas.