Kick off 2012 right with much-awaited chick flicks about working moms trying to keep it real in tough times, some great thrillers and a critically-acclaimed comedy, too. SheKnows gives you our top five new DVD/Redbox/Blu-ray releases this week.
No. 1 — I Don’t Know How She Does It
Sarah Jessica Parker plays the mom with too much on her list and not enough time on her hands (haven’t we all been there?) in the film adaptation of the popular book I Don’t Know How She Does It. A great rental for a girlfriends’ night!
Rotten Tomatoes: 17% splat (but what do they know, really…?)
No. 2 — Mildred Pierce
In this HBO miniseries, Kate Winslet plays the middle class mother of two who struggles to stay afloat as a working woman during the Great Depression — a time when women were expected to stay at home. Winslet, deservingly, won an Emmy for this role. Put it on your list.
Rotten Tomatoes: no score
No. 3 — Contagion
You can’t miss this star-studded thriller about the evil spread of germs. Gasp! Get out the Windex, ’cause I’d spray Matt Damon and Jude Law any day. Rent this Steven Soderbergh thriller before you never leave your house again.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84% fresh
Movie review: Contagion catches Hollywood fever with all-star cast >>
No. 4 — Puncture
Rotten Tomatoes: 53% splat
No. 5 — The Guard
This crime comedy has been critically acclaimed and earned more money than any other indie Irish film in box office dollars. Don Cheadle stars as a black FBI agent in Ireland trying to solve an international drug smuggling ring. Get your funny on!
Rotten Tomatoes: 95% fresh