Gary Thompson: New dvds: Justin Bieber, 'Never Say Never,' Ashton Kutcher in 'No Strings Attached'

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in "No Strings Attached."
Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in "No Strings Attached."
Posted: May 13, 2011

THERE ARE new DVDs this week featuring Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher, which is either the best or worst news ever.

Bieber's "Never Say Never" is a bio/concert movie that offers lots of background about his upbringing as a street performer in the theater town of Stratford, Ontario, then concludes with a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. In theatrical 3-D, it more than satisfied his teen female fan base.

Kutcher co-stars with Natalie Portman in "No Strings Attached," a high-concept comedy about best friends who attempt a "with benefits" sex life with the understanding that neither has the time for romance. The movie was a minor hit, and although the leads seem mismatched, there is great ensemble chemistry with Portman and her gal pals, including Greta Gerwig and Mindy Kaling.

Not in the mood for romantic comedy? The antithesis is "Blue Valentine," the deeply downbeat saga of a disintegrating marriage featuring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. Williams got an Oscar nomination, and adds "Valentine" to her unbroken string of superdepressing movies.

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