The Iron Lady
DVD Release Date: April 10, Anchor Bay Entertainment
No matter your opinion of Margaret Thatcher, if you’re a fan of powerhouse acting performances, you’ll want to check out Meryl Streep’s turn in The Iron Lady. The role earned Streep her third Oscar (and her 17th Oscar nomination). She does double-duty in the film, portraying Margaret Thatcher as both a steely, resolved, polarizing political figure, and, later in Thatcher’s life, an almost-doddering, fragile woman whose biggest achievements are behind her. (The old-age makeup earned an Oscar as well.)
DVD Release Date: April 24, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
In this season, after catching up with all of the heavy awards movies but before the big summer blockbusters kick in, there’s nothing wrong with a little dumbed-down entertainment. Contraband doesn’t have any gravitas-filled monologues and won’t make you keep track of mind-bending plot twists. Instead, it’s a simple, straightforward, smuggle-the-loot heist film, made interesting by setting it in the gritty back alleys of New Orleans. And, though it’s uncomplicated, it’s still entertaining, thanks to Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Rabisi, who play rival criminals.
DVD Release Date: April 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
This past December, Steven Spielberg competed with himself at the box office, with both War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin in theaters. If you let the quiet dignity of War Horse slip by you in the face of the more colorful, more antic Tintin, catch up now, and you’ll be treated to a retro style of filmmaking that revels in gorgeous photography and lush landscapes.