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A spiritual journey awaits you on DVD this weekend

Shanee is a screenwriter and educator living in Los Angeles. She created the web series She Blinded Me w Science to encourage young girls to explore science and technology. You can also read her blog where she chronicles her filmmaking ...

One DVD is tiger-riffic!

If you missed Life of Pi when it was in theaters, now is your chance to catch this beautiful Academy Award-winning film that will scare you, enchant you and feed your soul. Already saw it? Then see what other crowd-pleasers are new on DVD this week — one is even 100 percent fresh on the Tomatometer!

1) Life of Pi

Based on the book by Yann Martel, this film won the Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee last month. This probably irked Indian-born director M. Night Shyamalan to no end, considering Shyamalan was originally attached to direct. If you think animals have souls, you’ll love this exciting allegory where a young man and a tiger share a small raft after their ship sinks in the Atlantic ocean.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% fresh

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2) Rise of the Guardians

This animated adventure movie will delight your kids of 12 and under. It’s about all those mythical characters who guard over the littlest souls and protect them from harm. With the voices of Alec Baldwin as the character North, Isla Fisher as Tooth, Chris Pine as Jack Frost and Hugh Jackman as Bunny, there’s plenty of comedy and fun characters.

Rotten Tomatoes: 74% fresh

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3) Hitchcock

This movie is a fictionalized account of Alfred Hitchcock’s marriage to Alma Reville during the stressful shooting of the film Psycho. It stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

Rotten Tomatoes: 63% fresh

4) Sound City

Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, this doc explores the dumpy yet legendary Sound City recording studios in dilapidated Van Nuys, California. Now closed, the studio recorded a wide array of artists from Trent Reznor to Neil Young to Pat Benatar. If you like indie rock, you’ll love this movie.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100% fresh (wow!)

5) Smashed

This movie tells the story of a young teacher named Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who finds herself in need of getting sober. After going to AA, Kate must figure out how to save her job when Principal Barnes (Megan Mullally) discovers she been lying to her and whether or not her boozy marriage can also sober up.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84% fresh

Photo credit: Fox

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