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New on DVD: Tag along as Aristotle, Dante discover secrets of universe

By Tribune News Service
Published: February 17, 2024, 6:05am

The adaptation of a popular young adult novel tops the DVD releases for the week of Feb. 20.

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”: Set in 1987 El Paso, Texas, this movie concerns two Mexican American boys figuring out their identities and friendship.

“It’s a traditional teenage growing-up story, filled with angst and crushes and family discord as lonely Aristotle grapples with his identity in relationship to others,” writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. “But it is unique in its setting, the people within it and the issues that it takes on.”

Also new on DVD

“Box: Metaphor”: Dystopian sci-fi thriller about a woman wrongfully imprisoned in a cube-shaped cell.

“Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery”: This offering from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries finds the titular baker/detective (Alison Sweeney) investigating the discovery of a skeleton.

“DarkGame”: A detective must save the day in this horror thriller in which captives compete on a deadly game show being broadcast on the dark web.

“Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone”: A gringo lucho libre wrestler gets adopted into a group of Mexican superheroes in this comedy set in a Texas border town.

“Gringa”: Sports drama about a teen girl who heads to Mexico to find her estranged father, a former soccer star turned coach, after the death of her mother.

“Heroes of the Golden Mask”: Animated film about an orphaned American boy sent on a magical adventure when he is transported to an ancient Chinese kingdom.

“The Master Chief: Part One”: A Filipino American sailor navigates racial tensions as well as an arms dealer in this naval drama.

“The Heroic Trio / Executioners”: This Criterion Collection release contains the 1993 Hong Kong action flick and its sequel from Johnnie To, featuring Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui and Maggie Cheung as kung-fu fighters.

“Nothing But a Man”: The first feature from director Michael Roemer, centered on a Black railroad worker and released in 1964 amid the civil rights movement, also joins the Criterion Collection.