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New on DVD: ‘The Mauritanian’ and ‘Pixie’

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A painful real-life drama about a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and an Irish crime comedy top the DVD releases for May 11.

“The Mauritanian”: Starring Oscar-winner Jodie Foster and French actor Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian” is an adaption of “Guantanamo Diary,” a memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Slahi wrote the book during his long detainment; it became an international bestseller and played a crucial role in his release in 2016. By then, he had spent 14 years at Guantanamo and endured intense abuse, despite never having been charged with any offense.

The movie delves into a dark chapter in American history, but ultimately, as a film, it fails to impress. The narrative jumps around and the movie doesn’t do enough to capture the horror of Slahi’s situation. Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang wrote: “‘The Mauritanian’ is a moral muddle as well as a narrative one.”

“Pixie”: Starring Olivia Cooke as a woman scheming to avenge her mother’s death in a wild plot gone wrong. Los Angeles Times film review Michael Ordona was captivated by Cooke, but not much else. He wrote: “The violence lacks impact, whether emotional, visceral or humorous. And the culmination of Pixie’s quest seems completely mishandled, almost shrugged off in a way that undercuts the entire film.” Alec Baldwin and Colm Meaney co-star.

Also new on DVD

“Senior Moment”: William Shatner stars as a retired test pilot who’s forced to slow down and take stock.

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