WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) 2.5 stars
PLOT Director Spike Jonze's movie manages to create its own reality and meaning, even while it brings Maurice Sendak's visual world to life with startling accuracy. Jonze, who wrote the screenplay with novelist Dave Eggers, makes a number of radical departures from Sendak's book. He populates Max's world with an indifferent older sister and a single mother (Catherine Keener), whose date ignites the tantrum. Max (Max Records) runs out of the house, giving his escape a much more dangerous psychological edge. Jonze faithfully re-creates the book's atmosphere, though he and Eggers have given the monsters names and distinct personalities.
EXTRAS Four webisodes.
LIST PRICES DVD: $28.98; Blu-ray: $35.99
2012 (PG-13) 2 stars
PLOT Starting with the long-held misapprehension that the Mayan calendar picks 2012 as the date of humanity's doom, director Roland Emmerich fleshes out that bit of pseudo-history with some pseudoscience - some nonsense about solar flares, and neutrinos heating Earth's core - and throws hundreds of millions of dollars and an expertly chosen cast at it.
EXTRAS Music video; commentary with Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser; deleted scenes; alternate ending; featurette.
LIST PRICES DVD: $28.96; Blu-ray: $38.96
- The Washington Post