Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."
Alex Bailey, Associated Press - Nyt
Short circuits 4/10: 'The Iron Lady' new on DVD
- April 9, 2012 - 2:48 PM
VIDEO: It's all about Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep disappears so uncannily into former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "Iron Lady" that her performance overpowers the movie. Filmgoers who want to see Streep in action will see only that: an actress delivering a bravura performance but not a thoughtful, provocative portrait of one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century. Framed as a sequence of flashbacks Thatcher reflects on in late retirement, the result might be a more vulnerable, sympathetic portrait than the title suggests, but it also forces the filmmakers to leave far more vital aspects of her life and career on the cutting-room floor. We get a version of Thatcher's life that's one part Oprah and one part Wikipedia. As adamantly un-intellectual as "The Iron Lady" is, it's still undeniably entertaining. The DVD and Blu-ray (Weinstein, $30-$40) include making-of featurettes. -WASHINGTON POST
Also out on Tuesday
- "The Darkest Hour"
- "Into the Abyss"
- "Justice League: Doom"
- "Sleeping Beauty"
- "The Terror Experiment"
- "Adam-12" (Season 7)
- "Laverne & Shirley" (Season 5)
- "Logan's Run" (full series)
- "Night Gallery" (Season 3)
- "One Tree Hill" (Season 9)
- "The Witches of Oz"
- "The Boy in Blue"
- "Don Juan DeMarco"
- "Kate & Leopold"
- "A Streetcar Named Desire"
- "The Terrorists"
- "Thou Shalt Not Kill ... Except"
- "The Truth About Cats & Dogs"
GAMES: Golf game needs work
Kinect support has been the big advertising draw for "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13" ($60 for Xbox 360, also PS3; rated Everyone). But, as is often the case with Kinect games, it's hit or miss -- and when you're talking about golf, the misses look really bad. Equally disappointing is the lack of any groundbreaking modes of play. Sorry, but playing as Tiger in various stages of his life from young child to full-on pro just isn't interesting, and the online Country Club is a nice idea but doesn't feel fully realized. There are 16 courses to play that all look amazing, but you can't avoid the innumerable prompts and ads to pay for more upgrades, courses and other downloadable content. -SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
APP: Ringer adjusts for noise
RingDimmer (99 cents at Google Play) for Android uses your phone's microphone to detect automatically the noise level where you are, and sets the ringer appropriately so you never miss a call. If the ambient noise level in your environment goes up -- you enter a bar full of people, for example -- the app will turn your ringer all the way up so you hear it and even turn the vibrate on so you'll feel it in your pocket. As soon as you leave the bar and settle in at home, the app notices that the volume level around you has gone down and will turn the ringer back down so an incoming call won't startle you if you're relaxing or going to sleep. The app does have to run in the background all the time to work. -LIFEHACKER
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