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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

AI WEIWEI: NEVER

SORRY  Alison Klayman’s documentary about the Chinese sculptor-provocateur is one of the most powerfully engaging movies of the year. A bear of a man with a caustic sense of humor, Ai’s a culture jammer who began as an artist with political tendencies but has become an activist who happens to make art. In Mandarin and English, with subtitles. (MPI Home Video, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

HOPE SPRINGS Married for 31 years, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are so deep in a rut it could be “Groundhog Day.” They travel to Maine to see marriage counselor Steve Carell. Streep and Jones do their best, but they’re like Eagle Scouts trying to start a fire by rubbing waterlogged sticks together. A middling hit last summer, the movie nonetheless struck a chord with older moviegoers. Extras: director’s commentary, gag reel, alternate takes. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

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THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN A strained, sentimental fable about a magic child who appears out of nowhere and teaches the saggy, baggy grown-ups the errors of their ways. CJ Adams is likable as the title character, but the movie is really about the fears and neuroses of parents. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton costar. (Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

THE SIMPSONS: THE FIFTEENTH SEASON

Assuming the species manages to survive that long, our great-great-grandchildren are going to look back on us and think two things: How could those idiots let global warming happen, and how could they ever come to take “The Simpsons” for granted? (20th Century Fox, $49.98; Blu-ray, $59.99)

PURPLE NOON René Clément’s best-known film is “Forbidden Games” (1952), but his most intriguing may be this 1960 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” A very gorgeous Alain Delon plays Ripley. Extras: archival interviews with Delon and Highsmith; English-language trailer; new digital restoration. (Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)


OKLAHOMA! Can’t bear to wait until Christmas to see Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”? His performance as Curly in the landmark 1999 London revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical might tide you over. It’s the production’s debut on Blu-ray. Extras: documentary, “The Making of ‘Oklahoma!’ ” (Image Entertainment, $29.98)

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