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It's fast, it's furious, but it's all pretty silly

“Fast & Furious” Grade D: Director Justin Lin, working with a script by Chris Morgan that seems casually glued together, doesn’t waste a lot of time trying to figure out how and why the craggy Dom (Vin Diesel) and the scruffy Brian (Paul Walker) reunite.

And when they do, the extent of their relationship is mostly grunts interspersed with shots of brightly burnished carburetors and STP-slurping engines.

The best and most preposterous car-race sequence is the opener, set in the Dominican Republic, in which Dom and his merry band of Robin-Hooding compatriots attempt to hijack a lonely gas truck driven by a guy with an iguana.

“Green Lantern: First Flight” Grade B+: Unless you are a comic book fan, you probably don’t know much about this DC Comics hero. The animated film shows how test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by Christopher Meloni) is selected to join a group of guardians of the universe who wear rings that give them special powers.

First-rate animation, nonstop action and dead- on voice casting will make this fun for comic book fans and entertaining for those who have never read a “Green Lantern” story.

“Miss March” Grade D: This movie is about as much fun as reading a Playboy magazine with no pictures and no stories. It is devoid of any entertainment value.

The idea had promise. A young man awakens from a coma to discover his high school sweetheart has become a centerfold. This leads to a trip to the Playboy mansion. How bad is this movie? Hugh Hefner’s the best actor in it.

Donald Munro and Rick Bentley can be reached at dmunro@fresnobee.com rbentley@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355.

Also Coming to DVD on Tuesday:“Dollhouse: Season One”: Eliza Dushku stars in this Fox series about people who can be stripped of their personalities and reprogrammed as needed.

“Jim Breuer: Let’s Clear the Air”: The “Saturday Night Live” star takes center stage in this Comedy Central special.

“The Judy Garland Show: Volume One”: The DVD includes 13 episodes of Garland’s CBS series.“The Middleman: The Complete Series”: A young woman gets recruited to be part of a top secret agency.“Liberace: Greatest Songs”: The DVD includes more than five hours of performances.“Big Man Japan”: Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto stars in, and directed, this movie about a not-so-super superhero.

“An American Affair”: Gretchen Mol stars in this story loosely based on President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.

“Dragonball: Evolution”: A live-action version of the popular Japanese animated series.

“Angel of Death”: The Web series has been packaged into a film. Zoe Bell stars.

“Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5”: The DVD set includes the finale of the Syfy series.

“Dr. Who: Planet of the Dead”: The Doctor (David Tennant) and is transported to a barren desert planet on a double-decker bus.

“The Union: The Business Behind Getting High”: The documentary looks at the marijuana industry.

“Severed Ways”: Vikings and Native Americas clash.

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