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Does ‘Dredd 3D’ Deliver? — 10 Things To Check Out This Week

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Get ready for some glorious, mind numbing ultra-violence as ‘Dredd,’ the 3D action/sci-fi flick based on the ‘2000 AD’ Judge Dredd comics, hits theaters this week. Joining Dredd’s fury on the big screen are ‘End of Watch’ and ‘The Master’ in wider release.

While theatergoers have their senses pummeled, couch surfers can enjoy two of the summer’s most original genre flicks on Blu-ray and digital release, plus a few noteworthy fall TV premieres. Read on for 10 Things to Check Out This Week:

Dredd 3D

This violent, bloody and well-received action flick is here to destroy your memories of a warbling, Magneto helmet wearing Sylvester Stallone forever. Karl Urban stars as the brutal title character in ‘Dredd 3D,’ director Pete Travis’ faithful adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic source material. We’re really looking forward to this one, especially after the letdown of ‘Expendables 2.’

End of Watch

The trailer for ‘End of Watch’ makes the found footage buddy cop drama look compelling and intense. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as uniformed LAPD cops struggling to outrun and outgun a cartel hit squad.

‘The Master’ in Wider Release

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest was one of our top picks last week. ‘The Master’ opens in wider release this weekend, which means we’ll all be able to see one of the most critically adored epics of the year.

Head Games

This new feature length documentary from the director of ‘Hoop Dreams’ examines sports concussions and focuses on teen and professional athletes who have suffered brain trauma while on the field. ‘Head Games’ is inspired by the book of the same name by WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski.

The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

Joyce Johnson, who wrote about Kerouac before in her memoir ‘Minor Characters,’ chronicles the ‘On the Road’ author’s artistic development with her just released book, ‘The Voice is All.’ This is a must-read for Kerouac and ‘On the Road’ fans as well as for those interested in how people, circumstances and environment can inspire the creative process and shape art and writing.

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‘Cabin in the Woods’ on DVD and Blu-ray

The summer’s most original and exciting genre movie finally hits home video. Writer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard’s ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a fun, clever and surprising bit of mind-bending WTF-ery that average moviegoers, horror hounds and budding film scholars can enjoy together. Check it out this Tuesday.

‘Prometheus’ on Digital Download

Another exciting and original summer genre film, ‘Prometheus’ finds director Ridley Scott returning to the ‘Alien’ universe more than three decades after helming the first film in the sci-fi/horror series. The result is an often beautiful, wondrous and suspenseful film that, unfortunately, mostly squanders its potential with suspense movie clichés and muddy plotting in the final act. Still, the movie is worth revisiting for the masterful special effects and a few great scenes and performances. Check out the early HD digital download release on iTunes and Amazon this Tuesday.

‘Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures’ on Blu-ray

Here’s your chance to own all four Indiana Jones movies in high-def, complete with vintage clips and behind-the-scenes footage. (Feel free to use ‘Crystal Skull’ as a doorstop.)

‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 5 Premiere

Finally, NBC’s most consistently funny and engaging sitcom, ‘Parks and Recreation,’ returns to the tube.  The new season sees Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope joining the Pawnee City Council and visiting Washington, DC. Lucy Lawless and ‘Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks are set to guest star this season, which kicks off on Thursday night.

‘Revolution’ Series Premiere

Early reviews for this J.J. Abrams produced post-apocalyptic drama were mostly scathing, but we’re still looking forward to tonight’s premiere on NBC. A high-concept network sci-fi show starring Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and a few CW-worthy babes can’t be that bad, can it?

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