The Strip’s ready for another cinematic close-up in “What Happens in Vegas” (PG-13), in which two vacationing New Yorkers — a workaholic (Cameron Diaz) and a slacker (Ashton Kutcher) — meet cute in Glitter City, get plastered and get married (most definitely in that order), only to put their morning-after annulment on hold so they can hold onto a $3 million slot jackpot.
Providing decided contrast, writer-director David Mamet’s “Redbelt” (R) focuses on a Gulf War veteran (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who runs a jujitsu studio in L.A. and shuns competition, until events — and people — conspire to force him into the ring. Tim Allen joins Mamet regulars Joe Mantegna and Ricky Jay in the co-starring cast.
It’s a banner week for documentaries on DVD, starting with the Oscar-nominated “Rape of Europa” (not rated), a compelling chronicle of the Nazi campaign to plunder (or destroy) Europe’s art treasures before and during World War II. “Supersize Me’s” Morgan Spurlock goes to the Middle East to discuss current conflicts in “Where In the World Is Osama Bin Laden” (PG-13). And “Lynch” (not rated) catches director David Lynch in action filming “Inland Empire.”
Checking in on movies that never made it to local theaters, “August” (R) features Josh Hartnett as a dot-com founder caught up in the Internet boom and bust. Actor/filmmaker Edward Burns rounds up Debra Messing, Patrick Wilson, Selma Blair and Elizabeth Reaser for his latest New Yorkers-in-love roundelay, “Purple Violets” (not rated). A Midwestern guy (Jesse Bradford), meanwhile, discovers love’s complications with “My Sassy Girl” (PG-13), an English-language remake of a Korean comedy featuring Elisha Cuthbert as the title character. And Dermot Mulroney leads a modern-day excursion to “Dante’s Inferno” (not rated).
Turning to new and unseen documentaries, Johnny Depp joins five musical groups in the documentary “Gypsy Caravan: Where the Road Bends” (not rated). “A/k/a Tommy Chong” (not rated) explores how the “Up in Smoke” star’s pothead comedy routines made him a target of a Justice Department drug paraphernalia sting. And animation sparks the semidocumentary “Chicago 10,” about the conspiracy trial that followed the 1968 Democratic convention; Hank Azaria, Nick Nolte and the late Roy Scheider (in one of his last roles) lead the vocal cast.
Kidvid fans longing to return “Under the Sea,” take heart: “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” spins a new tail — oops, tale — inspired by the Oscar-winning animated feature.
Vintage movie fans, meanwhile, should saddle up for a passel of Westerns hitting the DVD trail Tuesday. One of them even has a local connection: 1968’s “The Stalking Moon” (G), starring Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint, filmed at Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire. It’s part of a “Western Classics” box set that also includes 1953’s “Escape From Fort Bravo” (not rated), with William Holden, and 1958’s “The Law and Jake Wade” (also unrated), featuring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark.
An Errol Flynn Westerns box, meanwhile, includes 1940’s “Virginia City,” in which Flynn heads to Civil War-era Nevada to take on Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott — and a guy who’s a lot more comfortable in a snap-brim fedora than a Stetson, Humphrey Bogart.
Slipknot, “All Hope is Gone”: Better refill that Zoloft prescription on the double, as the masked misanthropes in Slipknot are back with the cheerily titled “All Hope Is Gone,” an album that sends good will to the gas chamber.
The band’s most melodic outing yet, “Hope” sees frontman Corey Taylor broadening his delivery to incorporate more singing into the mix.
The result is a disc that weds the band’s concussive, sub-death metal charge with slightly more radio-friendly hooks on an album that’s enough to make even the most dour longhair grin in approval.
Not that the band encourages that sort of behavior.
Also in stores: Blues Traveler, “North Hollywood Shootout”; Cordero, “De Donde Eres”; DragonForce, “Ultra Beatdown”; The Game, “LAX”; Solange Knowles, “SoL-AngeL and The Hadley Street Dreams”; Little Feat, “Join the Band”; Motörhead, “Motörizer”; Matthew Sweet, “Sunshine Lies”; and The Verve, “Forth.”
“Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan Series No. 11)” by Kathy Reichs: The producer of the Fox TV show “Bones” returns with a new installment in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
After a human skull is found surrounded by animal bones and the headless body of a teenage boy is discovered at a nearby lake, Temperance is called in to investigate while citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and call for vengeance.
Also hitting shelves: “Fade Away” by Harlan Coben; “The Gypsy Morph” by Terry Brooks; “Mike’s Election Guide” by Michael Moore; “Silks” by Dick Francis; “Identical” by Ellen Hopkins; “The Road Home” by Rose Tremain; “The Fifth Floor” by Michael Harvey; “I Am Apache” by Tanya Landman; “The Ghosts of Kerfol” by Deborah Noyes; “The Reminder” by Rune Michaels; and “A Practical Guide to Dragon Riding (Dragonlance: New Adventures)” by Lisa Trumbauer.