“I Love You, Man” (R): It’s a fine bromance when a newly engaged yet curiously friendless guy (Paul Rudd) goes looking for a best man — and instantly bonds with a fun-loving lug (Jason Segal), thereby threatening his relationship with his fiancee (Rashida Jones).
Teenthrob Zac Efron graduates from “High School Musical” in “17 Again” (PG-13), playing the adolescent incarnation of an embittered family man (Matthew Perry) who magically gets a chance to relive his teen years. Elsewhere on the recent-release front, Eric McCormack headlines the flying-saucer spoof “Alien Trespass” (PG), while in “Paris 36” (PG-13), old-school performers attempt to revive a venerable neighborhood music hall. Also from France, the Oscar-nominated docudrama “The Class” (PG-13) charts a year in the life of a racially mixed class at a tough Parisian school.
Other titles arriving today: “Gigantic” (R), “Lonely Street” (R), “Almost Heaven” (not rated), “Gooby” (PG), the Oscar-nominated “Katyn” (not rated), “Apres Lui” (not rated), “Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson” (not rated) and Blu-Ray editions of the ’80s faves “Starman” (PG), “Blue Thunder” (R), “St. Elmo’s Fire” (R) and “About Last Night …” (R), plus TV transfers (unrated) of “90210: The Complete First Season,” “Designing Women: Season Two” and “Adam 12: Season Three.”
George Strait, “Twang”: He’s notched more than 50 No. 1 hits, has sold close to 60 million records, packed stadiums and earned his designation as the “King of Country” 10 times over.
And now George Strait is back with yet another album of winsome neo-traditional Western swing.
Strait’s the gentleman of the genre, with a honeyed voice that distills hope and heartache in equal measures.
And with “Twang,” the legend only continues to grow.
Also in stores: The Bottle Rockets, “Lean Forward”; Cobra Starship, “Hot Mess”; Imelda May, “Love Tattoo”; Slaughterhouse, “Slaughterhouse”; Mindy Smith, “Stupid Love”; and Patrick Wolf, “The Bachelor.”
“South of Broad” by Pat Conroy: Leopold Bloom King and his parents struggle with the effects of a his brother’s suicide, with Leo becoming a part of a group of high school seniors whose bonds will last through the years, surviving ups and downs, until a final test of friendship for which none is prepared.
In addition, “The Black Circle” by Patrick Carman is expected out this week. The latest in “The 39 Clues Series” finds Amy and Dan Cahill on their most dangerous adventure yet.
Also hitting shelves: “After” by Amy Efaw; “Amigoland” by Oscar Casares; “The Atlantis Revelation” by Thomas Greanias; “Blindman’s Bluff (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series No. 18)” by Faye Kellerman; “The Eleventh Victim” by Nancy Grace; “Hope of Refuge” by Cindy Woodsmall; “Intervention” by Robin Cook; “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman; “The Monster Variations” by Daniel Kraus; “Once on a Moonless Night” by Dai Sijie; “The Rapture” by Liz Jensen; “Sleepless” by Thomas Fahy; and “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown.