I never say this, but it's a really great week for DVD releases! A bunch of these flicks are indies that didn't get wide releases (and should have):
Release o' the week: Beauty Is Embarrassing. You know I love this documentary about Wayne White, an artist best known for his mind-bending work on Pee-wee's Playhouse. As if I couldn't love him any more, the Southern gentleman also plays the banjo ...
- Searching for Sugar Man. This also ranks among my favorite documentaries of 2012. It tells the story of Rodriguez, an immensely talented singer-songwriter who never achieved fame in the USA but became a sensation overseas.
- Birders: The Central Park Effect. And not to sound like a broken record, but I also enjoyed this doc, which aired on HBO and showcases some of New York's most devoted birdwatchers.
- Fat Kid Rules the World. Matthew Lillard makes an impressive directorial debut with this high-school flick about an overweight teen who starts playing drums in a punk band.
- Nobody Walks. Co-written by Lena Dunham, this movie stars John Krasinski as a married man fascinated by the young, ambitious artist he's supposed to be mentoring (Olivia Thirlby). It's worth a rental, particularly for the cast, which also includes Justin Kirk and Rosemarie DeWitt.
- End of Watch. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play a couple of L.A. cops. OK, I'll bite.
- For a Good Time, Call ... I must admit, I was disappointed by this comedy about two friends who start a phone-sex line. If you see it, keep your expectations low.
- The Paperboy. I also wasn't terribly into this '60s-set flick, though Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack are good in it. (Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron star.)
- Pina. Criterion issues a special edition of the Wim Wenders film about modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch.
- Nature Calls. The comedy features a bunch of funny guys, including Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle.
- Chris Hardwick: Mandroid. Mr. Nerdist delivers a stand-up special.
Also out: Imposter, Death Race 3: Inferno, Keep the Lights On, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, The Men Who Built America
Blu-ray highlight: Pick up the 60th anniversary edition of The Quiet Man.
Related news: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master arrives on DVD Feb. 26.
Next week: The animated Hotel Transylvania arrives.