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‘Doris,’ ‘London’ offer wide options for new DVD releases June 14

Aaron Eckhart is Benjamin Asher and Gerard Butler is Mike Banning in “London Has Fallen.”
Aaron Eckhart is Benjamin Asher and Gerard Butler is Mike Banning in “London Has Fallen.” Gramercy Pictures

You can pick from a sweet tale of growing older or a high-octane action offering from among the new DVD releases out Tuesday, June 14.

“Hello, My Name is Doris” :

In less talented hands, the May-December comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris” would have ended up either a maudlin dark comedy or an over-the-top love story. But Sally Field’s acting skills and her natural charm elevate this production to a sweet, quirky and endearing tale.

Field’s work makes it a lovely story about how life can start at any age.

Even when she takes the character to an extreme — such as a night of watching a concert by John’s favorite electronic music band — she never comes across as pitiful or sad. That comes from the energy and joy she brings to the role.

“London Has Fallen”  1/2: If there were a hall of fame for action movie heroes, Gerard Butler would make a strong case with “London Has Fallen.” He has the wicked wit of Bruce Willis, the grit of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the mumbled dialogue of Sylvester Stallone.

Combine that with over-the-top violence, video-game-style battles and special effects that will knock the cup of afternoon tea right out of your hand, and this film is the stuff of dreams for action-movie fans.

“London Has Fallen” is a follow-up to “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013), which introduced Butler as Secret Service agent Mike Banning in a film that was “Air Force One” meets “Die Hard.” Director Babak Najafi has stepped up the action by taking the fight with terrorists to London during the funeral for a world leader.

Also new on DVD June 14

▪ “Eddie the Eagle”: An underdog in ski jumping who will not back down. Hugh Jackman stars.

▪ “The Young Messiah”: Based on the novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” by Anne Rice.

▪ “10 Cloverfield Lane”: Group goes underground to escape a major disaster. John Goodman stars.

▪ “Suspects: Series 1 & 2”: British procedural crime drama tackles difficult subjects.

▪ “Maude: Season Five”: Bea Arthur stars in the comedy created by Norman Lear.

▪ “Jeepers Creepers”: Two teens become the target of evil.

▪ “Margarita With a Straw”: Young Indian woman with cerebral palsy explores her sexuality after moving to New York.

▪ “Masterpiece Mystery!: Grantchester; Season 2”: James Norton and Robson Green are an improbable crime-fighting team.

▪ “Gridlocked”: Injured cop, actor must work together to protect a facility.

▪ “The Midnight After”: Sixteen people on a city bus emerge from a tunnel to find the entire population of the city has vanished.

▪ “The X-Files: The Event Series”: Mulder and Scully return for this six-episode production.

▪ “The League: The Final Fantasy”: One last attempt is made to win the Shiva trophy.

▪ “Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends”: Blythe offers lessons on how to make friends.

▪ “Ballers: The Complete First Season”: Retired football player (Dwayne Johnson) becomes a business manager in this HBO series.

▪ “Bodyguards and Assassins”: Donnie Yen stars in the martial arts tale set in Hong Kong in 1905.

▪ “Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: Complete Season One”: Includes 16 animated episodes.

▪ “Get a Job”: Four college graduates deal with realities of life.

▪ “Alaskan Bush People: Seasons 1 & 2”: Family has lived in the Alaskan wild for 30 years.

▪ “Toni Braxton: The Movie Event”: Cable film based on the memoir “Unbreak My Heart.”

▪ “Altered Minds”: Judd Hirsch plays a father of a family with dark secrets.

▪ “Birds of a Feather: Set 1”: Lives of sisters are not the same after their husbands are convicted of armed robbery.

Also available on Digital HD June 14:

▪ “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”: Novice war correspondent tries to adjust to the strange world around her. Tina Fey stars.

▪ “Eye in the Sky”: Military officer in command of drone operation must stop a suicide mission.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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