“Duplicity” (PG-13): To scam or not to scam is hardly the question for rival corporate spies (Julia Roberts, Clive Owen), who concoct an elaborate ruse to steal lucrative secrets and bankroll their into-the-sunset retirement. Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti steal plenty of scenes as corporate bigwigs (literally) at each other’s throats in “Michael Clayton” writer-director Tony Gilroy’s twisty yet lighthearted thriller.
Two notable indies also hit DVD today. “Adventureland” (R) focuses on a cash-strapped college grad (“The Squid and the Whale’s” Jesse Eisenberg) who spends the summer of ’87 toiling in a Pittsburgh amusement park arcade — and falling for a sharp-tongued co-worker (“Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart). And Amy Adams (“Julie & Julia”) joins Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada”) in “Sunshine Cleaning” (R), about dysfunctional sisters who start a crime-scene service to clean up other people’s tragedies while trying to avoid their own. Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn co-star.
Also on tap: Gabriel Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as soccer-playing Mexican brothers “Rudo Y Cursi” (R); Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in “The Informers” (R), about wasted cases in ’80s Southern California; “G.I. Joe’s” Channing Tatum as a young bare-knuckles bruiser headed for the big-time in “Fighting” (PG-13); the Oscar-nominated post-Katrina documentary “Trouble the Water” (unrated); Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Alan Cumming and Amy Sedaris in the comedy “Full Grown Men” (unrated); and the TV transfers “Mistral’s Daughter” (unrated), “thirtysomething: The Complete First Season” (unrated), “Wiseguy: The Complete First Season” (unrated), “Lie to Me: Season One” (unrated), “New Tricks: Season One” (unrated), “Life: Season Two” (unrated), “Californication : The Complete Second Season” (unrated), “Samantha Who?: The Complete Second Season” (PG), “House, M.D. — Season Five” (unrated), “NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season” (unrated), “One Tree Hill: The Complete Sixth Season” (unrated), “Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season” (PG) and “Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season” (unrated).
Willie Nelson, “American Classic”: We’d enjoy hearing Willie Nelson recite the ingredients to a tube of Aquafresh, so the prospect of a new standards record from the country legend, his first since 1978, is an appealing one to say the least.
And on “American Classic” Nelson doesn’t disappoint, duetting with the likes of Norah Jones and Diana Krall on heartrending hits such as “If I Had You” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Talk about an album that lives up to its name.
Also in stores: Arctic Monkeys, “Humbug”; Colbie Caillat, “Breakthrough”; The Casualties, “We Are All We Have”; Collective Soul, “Rabbit”; Felix Da Housecat, “He Was King"; Imogen Heap, “Ellipse”; Whitney Houston, “I Look to You”; Jack Ingram, “Big Dreams & High Hopes”; Patton Oswalt, “My Weakness Is Strong”; Pitbull, “Rebelution”; Queen Latifah, “Persona”; Smokey Robinson, “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun”; and Smile Empty Soul, “Consciousness.”
“206 Bones (Temperance Brennan Series No. 12)” by Kathy Reichs: The producer of the Fox network’s “Bones” television show returns with the latest in her series featuring Temperance Brennan, in which Tempe tries to discover who wants her dead after she regains consciousness only to find herself injured, bound and held captive underground.
Dean Koontz has a bit of nonfiction coming readers’ way this week with “A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog,” which recounts the lessons the best-selling author learned from his dog, Trixie.
Also hitting shelves this week: “Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson; “Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Series No. 4)” by Richelle Mead; “Even Money” by Dick Francis; “Home Boy” by H.M. Naqvi; “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat” by Gwen Cooper; “Resurrecting Midnight (Gideon Series No. 4)” by Eric Jerome Dickey; “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborrelli; “The Sibley Guide to Trees” by David Allen Sibley; “The Stone Child” by Dan Poblocki; “Tombstone Tea” by Joanne Dahme; “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder; “The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart” by Nina Garcia; “Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins; “Violet Wings” by Victoria Hanley; “Waiting for Columbus” by Thomas Trofimuk; and “You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment” by Thich Nhat Hanh.
THE LIST: DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores week of Aug. 25