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The adaptation of a popular young adult novel tops the DVD releases for the week of Feb. 20.

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”: Set in 1987 El Paso, Texas, this movie concerns two Mexican American boys figuring out their identities and friendship.

“It’s a traditional teenage growing-up story, filled with angst and crushes and family discord as lonely Aristotle grapples with his identity in relationship to others,” writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. “But it is unique in its setting, the people within it and the issues that it takes on.”


“Box: Metaphor”: Dystopian sci-fi thriller about a woman wrongfully imprisoned in a cube-shaped cell.

“Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery”: This offering from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries finds the titular baker/detective (Alison Sweeney) investigating the discovery of a skeleton.

“DarkGame”: A detective must save the day in this horror thriller in which captives compete on a deadly game show being broadcast on the dark web.

“Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone”: A gringo lucho libre wrestler gets adopted into a group of Mexican superheroes in this action comedy set in a Texas border town.

“Gringa”: Sports drama about a teen girl who heads to Mexico to find her estranged father, a former soccer star turned coach, after the death of her mother.

“Heroes of the Golden Mask”: Animated film about an orphaned American boy sent on a magical adventure when he is transported to an ancient Chinese kingdom.

“The Master Chief: Part One”: A Filipino American sailor navigates racial tensions as well as an arms dealer in this naval drama.

“The Heroic Trio / Executioners”: This Criterion Collection release contains the 1993 Hong Kong action flick and its sequel from director Johnnie To, featuring Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui and Maggie Cheung as kung-fu fighters.

“Nothing But a Man”: The first feature from director Michael Roemer, centered on a Black railroad worker and released in 1964 amid the civil rights movement, also joins the Criterion Collection.

“Afire”: Available on Criterion’s Janus Contemporaries imprint, this movie from German filmmaker Christian Petzold, a tense, biting tale of a working holiday gone awry, won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.


“Mean Girls”: An adaptation of the musical based on the 2004 high school comedy, starring Angourie Rice as Cady Heron and Reneé Rapp as Regina George.

“The Zone of Interest”: Jonathan Glazer’s latest film, an Oscar contender in several categories including best picture and director, concerns a Nazi officer and his family living a seemingly ideal life just outside the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.

“The Phantom Warrior”: This superhero origin story tracks a girl’s journey from wild orphan to masked vigilante Nemesis Knight.


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