NEW YORK – "In America," "The Fog of War" and "Scary Movie 3" are new on DVD in today's Foxlight.
The terrific "In America" (search) is writer/director Jim Sheridan's bittersweet Valentine to the family he values and New York City. His daughters wrote the mostly true story of Sheridan's impoverished trek to the city with his family. Incredible performances from the entire cast, including Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou, made this one of the Foxlight's 10 Best movies of the year. The term heartfelt is so easily tossed around, but it's absolutely accurate for this gem.
Another amazing film is the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War" (search). Errol Morris' extra long sit-down with the man responsible for the Vietnam War -- Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Or was he responsible? The incredible history lesson is worth the price of admission. Whatever else you may think of this former head of the Ford Motor Company -- something I didn't know -- he is a consummate historian who lays out the basis for Vietnam by visiting every other battle in the 20th century. Don't miss this.
Finally,"Scary Movie 3" (search) isn't as funny as the first two, mostly because the Wayans brothers stayed away this time and let one of the guys from "Airplane" take the controls. That means an obligatory Leslie Nielsen casting, but the extras and outtakes make up for an otherwise ordinary outing.