New on Blu-Ray/DVD for June 18, 2013 – Don't reach for "Jack," but tune in to "Quartet"

Warner Bros. Pictures Jack (Nicholas Hoult) climbs the beanstalk.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jack (Nicholas Hoult) climbs the beanstalk.

Jack the Giant Slayer – Bryan Singer isn’t approaching M. Night Shyamalan territory just yet, but you’d have to go back to 2003’s “X2” for his last unqualified success. This more action-oriented take on “Jack and the Beanstalk” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire either and it’s easy to see why. Skip it for now and watch it on an especially boring night of cable.

Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in "Quartet."
Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company
Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet.”

Quartet – Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut was sweet music for moviegoers featuring a magnificent cast creating perfect harmony.

If your exposure to Maggie Smith is limited to “Harry Potter” films, I strongly recommend checking this out to see her in this smart and fun comedy/drama that looks at the highs and lows of getting old and one last taste of the spotlight.

Jessica Miglio/Relativity Media [From left] Leslie Bibb as Wonder Woman, Justin Long as Robin and Jason Sudeikis as Batman in Relativity Media's "Movie 43."
Jessica Miglio/Relativity Media
[From left] Leslie Bibb as Wonder Woman, Justin Long as Robin and Jason Sudeikis as Batman in Relativity Media’s “Movie 43.”

Movie 43 – An all-star cast can’t attract anyone to suffer through what is one of the worst-reviewed films in recent memory. It’s festering at 4% on www.rottentomatoes.com.

John Johnson/Relativity Media [From left] Miles Teller, Justin Chon, and Skylar Astin star in Relativity Media's "21 and Over."
John Johnson/Relativity Media
Miles Teller, Justin Chon, and Skylar Astin in  “21 and Over.”

21 and Over – The trailers made this look like “The Hangover – The College Years” and no one was really all that interested in watching the exploits of the Cub edition of The Wolf Pack.

I didn’t get a chance to see it, but I haven’t heard a lot of buzz over it either for what it’s worth.

Still, I’d be interested in giving it a shot as this type of coming of age style comedy is hard to screw up.

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