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DVD: The Blind Side (12)

Sandra Bullock bagged an Oscar for her turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy, and she's suitably perky and brassy as the wealthy, God-abiding, Republican, Southern mom who invariably "gets her own way".

When she spots a portly and impoverished black teenager, Michael (Quinton Aaron), drifting homeless in Memphis, she houses him, tutors him and pep-talks him to glory in American football. Along the way, she confronts bigotry, thugs from Michael's past, bureaucrats – and, of course, wins out. As sweet as cherry pie, this hokey biopic is the sort of syrupy tale you'll find on afternoon TV, but Bullock is compelling and Aaron is convincing and sympathetic.