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New DVD Releases: Inception and Salt

Leo and Angelina in Two Big-Budget Action Thrillers

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Inception

Just in time for the holidays, here's something else to argue over with your relatives. As Inception was becoming one of the break-out box office hits of 2010, a chasm of disagreement split those who absolutely hate this movie and those who thought it was the mind-blowing experience of the summer. Unfortunately, many are in the former group, but there's no denying that director Christopher Nolan was pushing the envelope with this science fiction mind-bender. The cast includes no less than Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine. Nolan reportedly worked nine years developing Inception. Will it be a Best Picture nominee? Count on it.

Salt

Salt was a guilty pleasure of 2010. There have been plenty of action thrillers cluttering the big screen lately, and Salt was among the best. Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a KGB sleeper agent (or is she?). She prevents a nuclear attack and a coup at the Pentagon and White House (or does she?). And while the movie has a crackerjack ending, director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) left plenty of room for a sequel--let's hope. Salt had more action and character development than the last three Bond movies combined. This is some of Jolie's best work. Liev Schreiber co-stars.

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