The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what’s rocking their world this week.
1 Joe: Nicolas Cage makes a solid comeback as a serious actor in this story of a Texas man who takes a boy (Tye Sheridan) living in an abusive home under his wing. It’s a gripping tale that shows how good Cage can be when he puts his heart into it. On DVD Tuesday.
— Cary Darling
2 The Spike Lee Joint Collection, Vol. 1 on Blu-ray: Two of director Spike Lee’s masterpieces — 1998’s He Got Game and 2002’s 25th Hour — make their Blu-ray debut on this two-disc set, in stores now. (Another “Joint Collection” is out now as well, featuring the Blu-ray debuts of Summer of Sam and Miracle at St. Anna.) Game, which follows the trials and tribulations of high school basketball phenom Jesus Shuttlesworth, includes a new commentary track from Lee and star Ray Allen, while the powerful 25th Hour, chronicling the last day of freedom for Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) prior to reporting to prison, also gets a new commentary track featuring Lee and Norton.
— Preston Jones
3 Frederiksborg Castle by Moonlight : The Dallas Museum of Art has acquired Frederiksborg Castle by Moonlight, 1817, by Norweigian artist Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857). Considered one of the most important works from the Copenhagen phase of Dahl’s career, it was missing and rediscovered in 2000 after a cleaning revealed his signature and a date of 1817. The artist is known for his dramatic Nordic landscapes under unusual lighting or extreme weather conditions. The castle was built by King Christian IV (1577-1648) in the first two decades of the 17th century on the site of an older royal residence and hunting lodge. By the 18th century, Frederiksborg Castle was rarely occupied by the royal family, and it was only in the 19th century that it became a romanticized symbol of Denmark-Norway’s glorious past.
— Gaile Robinson