New releases 11/14/17

Top Hits
Wind River (thriller, Jeremy Renner. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 73. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter of last year’s socially conscious crime drama ‘Hell or High Water,’ proves an undeniably strong director with his second effort in that job, ‘Wind River.’ The movie opens on a breathtaking night sky and snow-capped mountains, with a young woman running over a long stretch of open land. ‘There’s a meadow in my perfect world,’ a female voice says. The juxtaposition of the imagery and the poetics make for a peculiar opening. Eventually it all makes tragic sense.” Read more…)

Atomic Blonde (action, Charlize Theron. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 63. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “‘Atomic Blonde’ is going to make an excellent highlight reel. It already is one, in a manner of speaking, given that its strengths are lavishly violent, inventively choreographed fights that have been glued together by nonsense and Charlize Theron. The nonsense involves spies chasing secrets in Berlin just before the fall of the wall, which may suggest John le Carré but plays closer to a dumb and dumber take on Boris and Natasha. Mostly, the movie is an excuse to watch a beautiful, deviously clever female avatar as she is stripped naked, dolled up and repeatedly beaten down only to rise again.” Read more…)

The Secret Scripture (drama, Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara. Rotten Tomatoes: 29%. Metacritic: 37.)

New Foreign DVDs
Aquarius (Brazil, drama, Sonia Braga. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 88. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘Aquarius’ is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person. And that is enough to make it a captivating film, an experience well worth seeking out. But there is also, as I’ve suggested, more going on than the everyday experiences of a modern matriarch. Clara’s particularity is precisely what makes her such a resonant and representative figure, because it’s her idiosyncratic spirit that is threatened by the sterility and greed represented by her mercenary antagonists.” Read more…)

Zoology (Russia, fantasy/drama, Natalya Plavenkova. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%.)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
Universal Cult Horror Collection: House of Horrors, Murders In the Zoo, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, The Mad Ghoul, The Strange Case of Doctor RX
The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection Vol. 2: Dr. Cyclops, Cult of the Cobra, The Land Unknown, The Deadly Mantis, The Leech Woman

New British
Churchill (biopic, Brian Cox. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 44. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Winston Churchill the character has appeared in dozens of films, TV movies and mini-series over the years, and the portraits always hew to the gruff British bulldog conception of this 20th-century leader. ‘Churchill,’ a new movie directed by Jonathan Teplitzky from a script by Alex von Tunzelmann, is laudable in its effort to shine a light on the Churchill who struggled in private with crippling depression — ‘the black dog,’ he called it. His accuracy-in-metaphor was such that sufferers of subsequent generations have frequently adopted the term. The movie’s ambition is the good news. The bad news is that it is a hash, choosing to jumble the historical record and frame a Churchill bout with depression against the D-Day invasion of France by Allied forces.” Read more…)

Murder On the Orient Express (Agatha Christie mystery, David Suchet)

New Television
Billions: Season 2

New Documentaries
Kedi (street cats of Istanbul. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “‘Kedi’ [‘Feline’], a frequently enchanting documentary directed by Ceyda Torun, showcases some of these feline personalities and the humans who look after them. There’s a good deal of projection in the verbal accounts of the animals’ lives, but the movie, with its mobile camera low to the ground or looking down at cat-navigated rooftops, doesn’t do much to contradict the indirect anthropomorphizing. There’s a lot of action at piers and fish markets.” Read more…)

Whose Streets (activism, racism, Ferguson, militarized policing. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%. Metacritic: 81. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times revciew: “‘Whose Streets?,’ a documentary about the unrest and activism in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, is choppy, sometimes unfocused, and in every respect the opposite of slick. Its directors, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, are novice filmmakers, true; but I also suspect this movie’s form is deliberate, part of its message. This is direct and frequently powerful filmmaking that doesn’t much care about meeting my aesthetic standards.” Read more…)

Spy In the Wild (nature, animal behavior. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)
Hamilton: Building America (American history, Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow)

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