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Video Verdict: New DVDs for Jan. 13

Kevin Costner stars in "Swing Vote."

Kevin Costner stars in "Swing Vote."

This week’s new video releases include two mainstream comedies, a Kiefer Sutherland horror film, and a terrific Western with Ed Harris’ fingerprints all over it.

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‘Swing Vote’ misses the mark

Kevin Costner plays Bud Johnson in the political comedy "Swing Vote."

Kevin Costner plays Bud Johnson in the political comedy "Swing Vote."

When a political film hits theaters during a presidential election year, the hope is for a thoughtful piece that encourages viewers to more thoroughly examine the American political process. Alas, we’ve been saddled with “Swing Vote.”

Despite problems — detailed later — the premise behind “Swing Vote” could be fun. Through a fluke precipitated by a precocious child and inept election officials, one working-class guy is allowed to decide the fate of a U.S. presidential election.

Click here for full review: http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080801/ENT01/808010459/0/ENT

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