"Paranormal Activity 2"

"Paranormal Activity 2"

Feb. 8

$17 (DVD), $25 (Blu-ray)

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Modern horror movies are powered by enormous budgets and cutting-edge effects, but what blew everyone's minds last year was a stark, minimalist film about creepy demons appearing on security cameras. (The idea's even simpler than "The Blair Witch Project." The crew didn't even have to go outside.) This sequel delivered some truly memorable frights and a distinct sense that our homes aren't safe from things that go bump in the night.

"Life as We Know It"

Feb. 8

$15 (DVD), $25 (Blu-ray)

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When their mutual best friends die in a tragic accident, Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) are forced to overlook their differences and raise an orphaned daughter. I'm guessing everything turns out OK.

"For Colored Girls"

Feb. 8

$18 (DVD), $25 (Blu-ray)

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Directed and produced by Tyler Perry, this film follows a group of black women struggling to discover what their identity really means. Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg lead a stacked cast.

"It's Kind of a Funny Story"

Feb. 8

$18 (DVD), $27 (Blu-ray)

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A hopeless 16-year-old depression case checks into a mental hospital, finds himself and gets the girl. With Focus Features and Zach Galifianakis, all things are possible.

"Unstoppable"

Feb.15

$16 (DVD), $23 (Blu-ray)

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Frank (Denzel Washington) and Will (Chris Pine) must stop an unmanned locomotive before it dumps thousands of pounds of hazardous chemicals onto a grade-school field trip, creating a PR disaster. Oh, and death.

-Compiled by John Ross