Inkheart is the first of a handful of PG and PG-13 movies new this week, sending Brendan Fraser (Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mummy) on another fantastic adventure between the lines of classic novels and the real world. Raising his daughter (Eliza Bennett: Nanny McPhee, The Prince and Me) alone, he protects a strange and powerful secret: he's a "Silvertounge," and can make the books he reads aloud into reality. His wife (Sienna Guillory: Eragon, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) has disappeared into a book called Inkheart, and when a character (Paul Bettany: The Secret Life of Bees, Dogville) from that story has been searching for him, trying to get back to his own world, the family is suddenly being chased by the story's villain (Andy Serkis: Lord of the Rings, The Prestige) who wants to use the Silvertounge's powers for his own evil ends. Teaming up with their aunt (Helen Mirren: The Queen, Raising Helen), the family searches out Inkheart's author (Jim Broadbent: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Brazil) and sets out on a grand adventure to set two worlds to right. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Elle Fanning (Reservation Road, Babel) is Phoebe in Phoebe in Wonderland, an imaginative 9-year-old outsider whose erratic behavior baffles her parents (Felicity Huffman: Georgia Rule, Magnolia and Bill Pullman: Bottle Shock, Spaceballs), but the one place she feels at ease is in the school production of Alice in Wonderland. Mentored by the theater teacher (Patricia Clarkson: Vicky Christina Barcelona, Pieces of April) who sees how special Phoebe is, playing Alice could be one of the most important steps in young Phoebe's life.
Steve Martin (Baby Mama, Bringing Down the House) returns as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2, along with his teammates Jean Reno (Crimson Rivers, Ronin) and Emily Mortimer (Match Point, Redbelt). Clouseau is added to an international Dream Team of investigators, as they all work together to catch a globe trotting cat burglar called the Tornado. Along with Andy Garcia (Ocean's 11, The Untouchables) and Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Dead Man), the mystery must be untangled and comedic hijinks ensue.
Isla Fisher (The Lookout, Hot Rod) is in love with stores, clothes, and shopping in Confessions of a Shopaholic, but she's less in love with her out of control credit cards. Though she dreams of writing for a fashion magazine, she accidentally lands a job writing for Hugh Dancy's (The Jane Austen Book Club, Blood & Chocolate) financial magazine. When her financial advice makes her the magazine's breakaway star, even influencing her parents (Joan Cusack: War Inc, School of Rock and John Goodman: In the Electric Mist, Monsters Inc), her debt becomes the biggest threat to her newfound success.
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, the animated film Waltz with Bashir is a surreal documentary, the account of filmmaker Ari Folman's experience in the First Lebanon War in 1982. Framed as a meeting by two old friends in 2006, their stories, visions, and dreams of the war come to life on screen, as the film explores veterans memories of the horrors of war from many angles, and the survivors press forward with their lives. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Director Wayne Wang's (Maid in Manhattan, Smoke) new film is The Princess of Nebraska, about a young Chinese woman named Sasha going to school in Nebraska. Four months pregnant, the film follows Sasha from Beijing to Nebraska to California, as she struggles to maintain the life she wants.
Morgan Freeman (Gone Baby Gone, The Dark Knight) is a veteran thief who reluctantly teams up with Antonio Banderas (My Mom's New Boyfriend, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself) to pull a risky and seeming impossible heist in The Code. When Freeman's goddaughter (Radha Mitchell: Feast of Love, Pitch Black) is kidnapped, the stakes of the job rise, and the thieves are caught in a delicate dance between the NYPD, the FBI, and the KGB. With Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Dr).
Michael Leydon Campbell (Ash Wednesday, Sidewalks of New York) plays Bob in Bob Funk, the heir apparent to his family's futon company. Bob's life has more to do with arrogance, coffee, alcohol, and womanizing than it does with futons, though, so the family hires a new executive (Rachael Leigh Cook: Antitrust, Scorched) to replace him, and Bob has to take drastic measures to get his life back on track.
New this week to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are Mark Twain, a two-part documentary on one double-sided DVD made by the critically acclaimed Ken Burns (The Civil War, Jazz), and the 5th disc of Darker than Black, by the creators of Cowboy Bebop.