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A Sound of Thunder (PG-13)

Director: Peter Hyams. With Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, Catherine McCormack. (102 min.)

In 2055, time travel is big business. But on a trip back 65 million years to hunt dinosaurs, one Time Safari customer steps on - yes - a butterfly and thus changes the course of natural evolution. As Ryer (Burns) is about to hop in the time machine to save the world from poorly rendered digital lizard-apes, he says, "We have to make sure this never happens again." We beg you. Grade: F
- David S. Hauck

Transporter 2 (PG-13)

Director: Louis Leterrier. With Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Matthew Modine. (88 min.)

When a small army of thugs kidnaps a little boy, his driver/bodyguard (Statham) turns Miami upside down to get him back, only to learn the whole thing was part of a plot more nefarious than the film industry's conspiracy to turn movies into live-action video games. If "The Transporter" was mindless fun, this sequel suggests there can be an IQ less than zero. Grade: C-
- M.K. Terrell

New releases on DVD

The Complete Thin Man Collection (Not rated)

Forget "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) remain the ultimate in married sleuths, and Nora never had to blow anything up to keep her husband's attention. The first "Thin Man," based on the bestseller by Dashiell Hammett, was shot in roughly two weeks as a B picture. But Powell's and Loy's chemistry and crackling wit were such a hit that they - and scene-stealing terrier Asta - went on to star in five more films. The first two are by far the best ("After the Thin Man" even stars Jimmy Stewart in a rare creepy turn), but Powell and Loy rise above even the series' shakiest entry, "The Thin Man Goes Home."

The extras include shorts, a couple of documentaries, and an episode of the 1950s TV series starring Peter Lawford that is only for completists. Grade: A-
- Yvonne Zipp

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