“Blow” Blu-ray: Here is a movie about the deglamorization of glamorous people living it up in the presumably glamorous world of drugs. Based on real-life drug smuggler George Jung (Johnny Depp), a boring dope from Massachusetts who ruled the cocaine market in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s, “Blow” is ultimately more about charisma than it is about truth, more about Depp’s smooth strut and tousled hair than it is about George Jung’s fatal flaws — his stupidity, desperation, ego and small-town greed. The flawed movie is less about its characters and more about mimicry — specifically, mimicking Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” and “Casino.” But what truly kills “Blow” is its sluggish pace, its struggle for an epic tone and the director’s inability to make us take any of the action and the characters seriously. The film is supposed to be about the ramifications of peddling illegal substances and the ugliness of substance abuse, but since it’s lacking in substance itself, it never makes that critical connection with the audience. Rated R. Grade: D+

“Boston Legal: Season Four”: A marvelous show — a spinoff of “The Practice” — with one of the best casts working on television. Dialogue, characters and story come together seamlessly in this jaunty legal dramedy, with James Spader and William Shatner mining a chemistry no one could have expected. The ending of each show is the mint on the pillow, with these two cutting loose over brandy and a cigar in ways that nicely loosen up network TV. Add the acidity of Candice Bergen, who continues to ride a high here, and you have one of the best series on television. Grade: A

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Three”: A dark, irreverent series that always has felt like a hybrid of “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development,” with a dash of “Cheers,” since the show takes place at a bar. The premise is simple — in fact, it’s about nothing. The three male owners of Paddy’s Irish Pub (Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day) spar daily with bartender Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson), who will remind viewers of Elaine from “Seinfield” — only amplfied. Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season, and as you’d expect, his involvement only lifts an already engaging comedy. Grade: B

“Torchwood: Complete Second Series”: From the BBC, a sci-fi spinoff of the network’s “Doctor Who” franchise, with a solid dose of sex meant to spice up the proceedings. And it does. Thematically, the two shows are closely interlinked — the very name is an anagram of “Doctor Who” — but in terms of quality, this second season of the series suggests it still has a way to go before it matches the sheer inventiveness of its inspiration. The show stars John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness, who leads a small task force of geeks gleaning alien technology to undo their share of aliens, while in this season Harkness is faced with elements that give the show a shot of drama — the presence of his former lover (James Marsters), not to mention the fleeting, unexpected appearance of his brother Gray (Laclan Nieboer). Grade: B+

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“Deception” DVD, Blu-ray: This dead-on-arrival sex-thriller is a mess and, worse, it manages to be a mostly dull mess at that, with screenwriter Mark Bomback’s script piling on so many heated (and telegraphed) twists that the movie might as well be the cinematic equivalent of a stripped-down version of the Kama Sutra — one without the surprises, the promised peaks, the necessary thrills to make this tangled effort worth it. Ewan McGregor is Jonathan McQuarry, a lonely New York accountant who one day meets Hugh Jackman’s Wyatt Bose, a striking man who has the sort of charisma Jonathan always wanted but couldn’t achieve for himself. Essentially, Wyatt is a devil in a blue suit, and the dark corridors he leads Jonathan down might initially have the glimmer of glamour, but it quickly falls apart through the damaging vehicle of one ugly cell phone deception. Rated R. Grade: D+

“Sex and the City” DVD, Blu-ray: It’s curious — the film is more concerned with being a drama than it is with being a comedy. Yes, there are funny scenes here, but did it have to be this glum? This serious? Maybe on one level it did. It would, after all, seem a little ridiculous and desperate if Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) hadn’t matured in the four years that have passed since the popular HBO television show ended. But watching the movie version of that show — the middle of which is one depressing, dreary slog of heartbreak and sentiment — it’s difficult not to feel as if the fizz had been let out of a production best known for delivering more than its share of it. Only Charlotte is the happy one here, smiling defiantly through the hardships, though even her high-wattage smile can’t save the movie from the title it really deserves: “Strife in the City.” Where, after all, is the sex in this show? It’s rarely happening to these women. Even Samantha, of all people, is forced to be a sexual voyeur. While the film isn’t short on throwing down the fashion, some might long for more of the film’s sharper, bawdier scenes, such as when Charlotte has a disastrous moment in which she likely wishes she had been wearing Depends, or when Samantha covers her naked body in sushi so Smith can have a uniquely fishy feast, and another scene in which Miranda’s lack of personal grooming recalls the series at its best. While the movie itself is involving enough to never be dull — an underused Jennifer Hudson goes a long way in making something out of a nothing role as Carrie’s hip new assistant, and the game performances lift the material through its transitional period — this “City” nevertheless seems oddly small when compared to what came before it. It’s strange. Now, it feels as if we’re in a bedroom community, with the film’s fifth character — New York City — barely allowed to sparkle. Rated R. Grade: B-