New Releases 11/12/13

Top Hits
Man of Steel (superhero action. Rotten Tomatoes: 56%. Metacritic: 55. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “At once frantically overblown and beautifully filigreed, Man of Steel will turn on everyone it doesn’t turn off. Summer blockbusters have a way of encouraging multiplex Manichaeism, though I propose a middle way. It won’t be easy. Even those who patiently ride out the bludgeoning excesses of the film’s final 45 minutes may wonder what happened to the movie — the one about human and humanoid struggles — they watched for the first 100. They may also wonder why no one, anyone, smacked the director, Zack Snyder, in the head and reminded him that he was midwifing a superhero franchise, as the film’s first image, of a yelling, straining woman signals, not restaging the end of days.” Read more…)

Turbo (animated feature. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 58. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Turbo is a new movie from DreamWorks Animation Studios about a little snail with a big dream. It is also the latest animated feature to use an animal’s frustration with the limitations of his species as a metaphor for human aspirations. Much as the rat Remy in Ratatouille did not want to eat garbage, and Mumble the penguin in Happy Feet wanted to dance, so does Turbo — given name Theo, voice courtesy of Ryan Reynolds — long to move fast. ” Read more…)

Frances Ha (comedy/drama, Greta Gerwig. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 82. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “With its swift, jaunty rhythms and sharp, off-kilter jokes, Frances Ha is frequently delightful. [Actree Greta] Gerwig and [director Noah] Baumbach are nonetheless defiant partisans in the revolt against the tyranny of likability in popular culture. Frances is neither blandly agreeable nor adorably quirky. Rather, like Roger Greenberg [in Mr. Baumbach’s Greenberg] — but not at all like him, because she is a completely different person — she is difficult. She hogs conversations, misses obvious social cues and is frequently inconsiderate, though more in the manner of an overgrown toddler than a queen-bee mean girl.” Read more…)

The Citizen (drama, Khaled Nabawy. Metacritic: 38. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “As Ibrahim, the unflappably upbeat and disastrously unlucky Lebanese immigrant at the center of The Citizen,the Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy is invaluable. Resembling a duskier Benjamin Bratt, Mr. Nabawy adds much-needed weight and authenticity to a character whose cascade of misfortunes threatens to turn drama into farce at every moment.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Man of Steel
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Attack
Frances Ha

New Foreign
The Attack (Israel, drama, Ali Suliman. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 74. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The Attack opens with the image of a man and woman embracing, the world blurred behind them. Her face to the camera, the woman cries as they hold each other, but it’s unclear whether he can see her tears. Her unexplained weeping and the ill-defined backdrop make an apt start for this intelligent, involving movie that’s by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity. That it’s also about a troubled marriage becomes evident when the man, a successful Palestinian surgeon living and working in Tel Aviv, is awoken one night and discovers that both his wife and his safe, cosseted world have disappeared after a suicide bombing.” Read more…)

Out in the Dark (Israel, romance/drama/gay & lesbian, Jameel Khouri. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 69. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “‘I don’t care about the Jews, the Palestinians, Fatah or Hamas,’ Nimr [Nicholas Jacob], a closeted gay Palestinian, declares to his thuggish older brother, Nabil [Jameel Khouri], in Out in the Dark. He’d better care, because those defiant words will come back to haunt him. A psychology student who secures a temporary academic permit enabling him to travel between Ramallah, in the West Bank, and Tel Aviv, Nimr has a bright future. Not the least of the obstacles he faces is his homosexuality, which if discovered by his family would bring disgrace and exile. His circumstances become more perilous when he falls in love with Roy [Michael Aloni], a handsome, well-to-do Israeli lawyer he meets in a bar. ” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1060)
Everybody Sing (1938, musical, Judy Garland)

New British
Last Tango in Halifax (mini-series romance, Derek Jacobi. Metacritic: 78.)

New TV
Dexter: Season 8 (final season. Metacritic: 71.)
Hannibal: Season 1 (Metacritic: 69.)

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