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On-the-road runner

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From green to the screen

Golf movies typically have all the excitement of a seniors tournament at a retirement community. But Disney's stylish The Greatest Game Ever Played, based on 20-year-old Francis Ouimet's improbable win over legend Harry Vardon in the 1913 US Open, is like the closing round at Augusta. Now on DVD, the film stars Shia LaBeouf ("Holes"), who actually looks like he can swing the stick.

A Child is born

In 1948, a "rather loud and unserious Californian" first set her size-12 feet in Paris. She didn't know French. She couldn't cook. Her name was Julia Child. Afraid that France would be full of "icky-picky people," instead she was smitten with the country and the food. "How magnificent to have found my life's calling at last!" the late chef writes in My Life in France, a charming and exuberant memoir. Bon appétit!

'Deep' impact

If you liked "March of the Penguins" and "The Blue Planet," dive into Deep Blue, a sweeping documentary of life in the far reaches of the ocean. The new DVD takes a long, lush look beneath the waves, where some creatures have never been caught on film before. Who knew there were that many pulsating, neon jellyfish?

La femme guitara

Told repeatedly over the years that female guitar greats seem hard to find, alterna-folk giant Patty Larkin answers with "La Guitara," a lovely compilation of 14 instrumental works by women that cross genres and time. One plucks a traditional Chinese melody; another busts out Delta blues. Ms. Larkin's own electronica-infused "Bound Brook" is entrancing. Some proceeds benefit a program ( for schoolchildren.

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