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Take Shelter (Sony)

Michael Shannon, who should have been nominated for an Oscar, is terrific as a Lorain County husband and father with visions of an apocalyptic storm approaching. He may or may not be nuts, since mental illness runs in his family. One thing is certain: He'll do anything to protect his family, including draining their funds to build a shelter in the backyard and alienating friends and co-workers. All you can do is sit back, helpless and hopeless, as Shannon falls apart in front of you. Extras include deleted scenes and commentary by Shannon, who still sounds like there's a tempest kicking up inside his head.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal)

One of the best early talkies — a 1930 anti-war Oscar winner for Best Picture — makes its Blu-ray debut with a special book package that includes insightful historical info plus a recently restored silent version of the movie that's just as powerful.

The Rum Diary (Sony)

Johnny Depp's second Hunter S. Thompson movie is not as good as the first. In fact, it's kind of a mess and not very gonzo, which isn't a big surprise since it's adapted from an early Thompson novel about a writer slumming in Puerto Rico, before the booze and drugs took over.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 (Summit)

The beginning of the end of the brooding vampire series is the worst of the bunch — no small feat, since all four movies have been marked by stiff acting, cheesy special effects, and enough gloomy teen shit to darken anyone's sunny day.

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