“Confessions of a Shopaholic” (PG): A madcap Manhattan magazine writer (“Wedding Crashers’ ” Isla Fisher) racks up $16,000 in credit-card charges, then gets hired by an editor (Hugh Dancy) who thinks she’s a fiscal expert, in this comic adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s best-sellers.
Fiction becomes reality in “Inkheart” (PG) as a “Silvertongue” (Brendan Fraser) discovers he can bring literary characters to life — and must try to vanquish a medieval villain (Andy Serkis) who’s escaped from, and refuses to return to, life between the covers of a book. Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Paul Bettany co-star in this “Harry Potter” wannabe.
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman’s award-winning animated documentary “Waltz With Bashir” (R) focuses on Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and his attempts to recall his military service there. And “Phoebe in Wonderland” (PG-13), a little girl (Elle Fanning) who feels out of place in a rule-obsessed world seeks refuge in fantasy. Patricia Clarkson, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott round out the starring cast.
Also arriving on DVD: “The Pink Panther 2” (PG), “High Hopes” (not rated), “The Code” (R), “Dragon Hunters” (PG), “Bob Funk” (R), “Table for Three” (R), “Catlow” (PG-13), “Mr. Troop Mom” (G), “Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection” (not rated), “Blood Ties: The Complete Season One” (PG-13), and “Reba: Season 6” (not rated).
The Mars Volta, “Octahedron”: Their tunes were once so inscrutable, that their lyrics — if frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s fevered exhortations even qualified as such — might as well have been penned in Sanskrit.
The Mars Volta’s funky, punky prog can seem pretty dimensionless at times, a cacophony of instrumentation and adrenaline that seemingly knows no bounds.
But the band’s last disc, 2008’s “The Bedlam in Goliath,” was a slightly more linear effort with more easily discernible songs, and on the group’s new album, they continue down this less thorny path.
An album that never sits still for more than a few seconds at a time, “Octahedron” is a frantic, high energy song cycle that sinks in immediately, like a bullet piercing flesh.
Also in stores: Alexisonfire, “Old Crows/Young Cardinals”; Cheap Trick, “The Latest”; Darkest Hour, “The Eternal Return”; dead prez, “Pulse of the People”; Dinosaur Jr., “Farm”; Dream Theater, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”; Ginuwine, “A Man’s Thoughts”; Patterson Hood, “Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)”; The Lemonheads, “Varshons”; Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, “III”; John Mellencamp, “Life Death LIVE and Freedom”; Regina Spektor, “Far”; Tortoise, “Beacons of Ancestorship”; VNV Nation, “Of Faith, Power and Glory”; Voivod, “Infini”; and Pete Yorn, “Back & Fourth.”
“The Doomsday Key” by James Rollins: Modern biotechnology and an apocalyptic story come together in best-selling author James Rollins’ “The Doomsday Key,” where three murders on separate continents are all linked by a strange pagan cross burned into the victims’ bodies.
Another big book coming out is “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” by Janet Evanovich, the 15th in the series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, which includes explosions, a beheading, a flasher and a love triangle, among other action.
Also hitting shelves this week: “Catastrophe” by Dick Morris; “The Embers” by Hyatt Bass; “Fairy Tale” by Cyn Balog; “The Fixer Upper” by Mary Kay Andrews; “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Evolution of Thomas Paine’s Revolution” by Glenn Beck; “Just Another Hero” by Sharon Draper; “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann; “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon” by Buzz Aldrin; “Magykal Papers (Septimus Heap Series)” by Angie Sage; “Making an Elephant” by Graham Swift; “A Monster’s Notes” by Laurie Sheck; “Obsession: An Erotic Tale” by Gloria Vanderbilt; “Prism” by Faye Kellerman; “Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen” by Christie Golden; “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo; “Take Two” by Karen Kingsbury; and “White Is for Witching” by Helen Oyeyemi.
THE LIST: DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores week of June 23