NEW YORK – "Miracle," "Torque" and "Paycheck" are new on DVD in today's Foxlight.
Kurt Russell looks like a hockey coach. That helps a lot when you make a movie called "Miracle," (search) new on DVD this week. It's the true story of the 1980 United States hockey team that looked like it was on thin ice and went on to win gold.
The script of "Mircale" feels like it was bought off the shelf at "Cliches R Us." And yet, I must confess, in the end, it got me. Perfect rental with a nice supporting cast including the utterly wasted Patricia Clarkson as Russell's "stay home and support my man" wife.
From ice to Ice Cube. How about the movie that looks, acts -- maybe the term "acts" is a stretch -- feels and plays like a video game? It's called "Torque." (search) The plot, which is thinner than Martha Stewart's defense strategy, is about motorcycle racing.
Finally, "Paycheck" (search) is the only reason Ben Affleck made this stinker. He was probably buying Bentlys for most of the Lopez family when it was shot. On the other hand, Uma Thurman should have known better. Director John Woo has also hit a new low.
"Paycheck" is about an electronics engineer who steals corporate circuit boards and then has his own circuits erased so he doesn't know what he's done. If you could really do that, he'd have this film erased from his high-priced noggin'.