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New to home video: ‘Get Hard,’ ‘The Gunman,’ ‘While We’re Young’ and ‘Danny Collins’

Sean Penn plays an assassin who is hunted for the secrets that he harbors in

Sean Penn plays an assassin who is hunted for the secrets that he harbors in “The Gunman.”

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The new home video releases for June 30 include …

GET HARD
2½ stars out of four
Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug material
Warner Brothers
Starring: Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell
Written and directed by: Etan Cohen (first feature film)
The scoop: Will Ferrell plays a millionaire who is sentenced to prison after a fraud conviction. Devastated, he hires the only black man he knows, Darnell (Kevin Hart), to prepare him for lockup. The only trouble is Darnell is as squeaky clean as they come. Hart and Ferrell are charismatic actors and the premise is funny, but the execution is hit-and-miss.

THE GUNMAN
3 stars out of four
Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality
Universal
Starring: Sean Penn and Javier Bardem
Directed by: Pierre Morel (“Taken”)
The scoop: A former assassin (Sean Penn) finds himself hunted by dangerous men afraid of the dark secrets that he harbors. Moviegoers have seen similar things in the past, but the film is still engaging thanks to solid pacing and a nice performance by Penn.

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG
3 stars out of four
Rated R for language
Lionsgate
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin and Adam Horovitz
Written and directed by: Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “The Squid and the Whale”)
The scoop: The story of a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) who try to recapture their youth by hanging out with a much-younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). The subject matter is enticing and the cast is remarkably talented.

DANNY COLLINS
3 stars out of four
Rated R for language, drug use and some nudity
Universal
Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer
Written and directed by: Dan Fogelman (first feature film)
The scoop: An aging rock musician takes stock of his career and tries to reinvent himself after receiving an undelivered letter that John Lennon wrote to him at the beginning of his career. Al Pacino isn’t completely believable as a superstar singer, but the movie’s dramatic arc is surprisingly engaging.

NOTE: Blu-rays, DVDs and screening links are provided to the reviewer at no charge. This enables us to run reviews the day titles become public, but it does not influence the opinions expressed.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Joe’

From left to right, Paul Schlase, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

From left to right, Paul Schlase, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

It is a solid week for home video with new offerings ranging from a lightweight animated movie to the latest from visionary writer-director Wes Anderson.

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Video Verdict: ‘Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues,’ ’47 Ronin’

Keanu Reeves stars in the martial arts adventure film "47 Ronin."

Keanu Reeves stars in the martial arts adventure film “47 Ronin.”

This week’s home video releases are anchored by Will Ferrell’s follow-up to the 2004 hit “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

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Video Verdict: ‘The Campaign,’ ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

Will Ferrell (front) and Zach Galifianakis play dueling politicians in the comedy “The Campaign.”

A political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis anchors this week’s crop of home video releases.

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Video Verdict: ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Hanna,’ ‘Everything Must Go’

Saoirse Ronan plays the title character in director Joe Wright’s “Hanna.”

It’s an outstanding week for home video, as all three major releases rank among the best films of 2011.

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Video Verdict: ‘Megamind,’ ‘Due Date,’ ‘Get Low’

The title character in Megamind sets a plan in motion. The animated film features the voice talents of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and David Cross.

This week’s major home video releases range from a quirky drama starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray to an animated film featuring the voice talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill.

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