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Indie pictures dominate this weeks new movies on video platforms
Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin star in the TV remake of "Dirty Dancing," now on DVD and streaming platforms. - photo by Chris Hicks
The best of this weeks new movies on video platforms is a little British effort that succeeds as a bit of British whimsy.

This Beautiful Fantastic (Fox, 2017, PG, trailers). A bookish young woman, who, appropriately, works in a library and is wracked with fearful phobias faces eviction in a month if she doesnt resurrect the backyard garden that is dying of neglect. Badgered by her grumpy old neighbor, she eventually recruits him to help, and by golly, hes a gardener par excellence.

Thats the barebones, not-unfamiliar plot of this light British comedy-drama, which is filled with quirky characters and botanical metaphors but it hardly does justice to the charms of this sweet, old-fashioned slice of whimsy that sort of blends the sensibilities of Amlie with The Secret Garden. It is nuanced and warm, with engaging performances led by Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil in the first three seasons of Downton Abbey) and veteran character actor Tom Wilkinson.

Dirty Dancing (Lionsgate, 2017, not rated/probable PG-13, featurettes). In the summer of 1963, a college-bound young woman (Abigail Breslin) visits a Catskills resort with her wealthy family and falls for the hunky, blue-collar dance instructor (Colt Prattes). A likable cast (Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Katey Sagal, Billy Dee Williams) shows up for this unnecessary TV-movie remake, which may renew respect for the 1987 film, a box-office hit that remains a fan favorite.

Money (Fox, 2017; R for language, drugs, violence; featurette). This is a twisty thriller about a con artist who breaks up a dinner party and takes two couples hostage at gunpoint greedy pharmaceutical execs and their wives who have $5 million in ill-gotten gains. But, of course, things are not as they seem. Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz and Jess Weixler co-star.

Grey Lady (Anchor Bay, 2017, R for violence and language). A Boston police detective (Eric Dane) is suspended and investigated for negligence after the murder of his partner (Rebecca Gayheart). Taking a clue from her dying words, he heads to Nantucket to investigate on his own, though his emotional involvement and inherent recklessness endangers those around him. Natalie Zea and Amy Madigan co-star.

Life of Significant Soil (Candy Factory, 2017, not rated/probable R for sex, nudity, language, drugs). This is an offbeat independent melodrama with a fractured narrative that examines a relationship gone awry, as both parties (Charlotte Bydwell, Alexis Mouyiaris) realize its over but just cant seem to move on. When the woman discovers shes pregnant, it triggers a repeat cycle, a la Groundhog Day, as they relive their final day together.

CHIPS (Warner, 2017; R for sex, nudity, language, violence, drugs; deleted scenes, featurette). Dax Shepard wrote, directed and stars in this sleazy spoof of the popular 1970s cop show about a pair of mismatched California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. Here, Shepard is down-and-out Jon Baker, a newbie on the force, partnered with Frank Ponch Poncherello (Michael Pea), who is actually an undercover federal agent investigating crooked cops. Vincent DOnofrio, Adam Brody and Kristen Bell (Shepards real-life wife) co-star.
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