New releases 3/10/20

Top Hits
Uncut Gems (crime/drama, Adam Sandler. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 90. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “‘Uncut Gems,’ the latest from the brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, blows in like a Category 4 hurricane. It’s a tumult of sensory extremes, of images and sounds, lurching shapes, braying voices, intensities of feeling and calculated craziness. So, naturally it stars — why not? — Adam Sandler as a cheat, liar, loving dad, bad husband, jealous lover and compulsive gambler who can’t stop, won’t stop acting the fool. The Safdies, two of the more playfully inventive filmmakers working in American cinema, won’t stop, either, which makes ‘Uncut Gems’ fun if also wearying and at times annoying.” Read more…)

Charlie’s Angels (action remake, Kristen Stewart. Rotten Tomatoes: 52%. Metacritic: 52. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “In the interest of due diligence, I recently reread my review from 2000 of the first big-screen ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ I opened that appraisal with a fast takedown and a sincerely posed question: ‘Of course, it’s terrible — but did it have to be this bad?’ Two decades later, I hopefully watched the new big-screen version of ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ which turns out to be another egregious stinker. Perhaps that isn’t a surprise, though it serves as another reminder that you can’t overturn the master’s house simply by rearranging the furniture. You need to burn the whole thing down.” Read more…)

Bombshell (drama, Nicole Kidman. Rotten Tomatoes: 70%. Metacritic: 64. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Bright and bouncy until it turns grim, ‘Bombshell’ is a fictionalized account of the women who brought down Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of Fox News. Helped bring him down is probably more accurate given that he was ousted by Rupert Murdoch, who founded Fox News in 1996 before handing the reins to Ailes. Since then, the network has become a ratings powerhouse and hothouse of right-wing talking points, a sea of white faces and dolled-up women in skirts and high heels. Ailes is now gone but the talking points, high ratings, skirts and heels remain.” Read more…)

The Wolf Hour (thriller, Naomi Watts. Rotten Tomatoes: 50%. Metacritic: 42. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “More than anything, ‘The Wolf Hour’ suggests an unfinished ‘Twilight Zone’ episode, one that teases an explosive, possibly supernatural payoff before fizzling out. Set in the South Bronx in the sweltering summer of 1977, this psychological drama centers on June [Naomi Watts], an agoraphobic writer four years into spending a hefty advance for her second novel. Tormented by trauma that’s somehow linked to her celebrated debut, June smokes and paces, her whole body crackling with distress.” Read more…)

Spies In Disguise (animated feature, Will Smith [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%. Metacritic: 54. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Will Smith voices an ‘is there anything he can’t do?’ secret agent whose massive skills are dwarfed by his humongous ego in ‘Spies in Disguise,’ a colorful but not very eye-opening animated offering from Blue Sky, the studio that brought us the ‘Ice Age’ diversions. The character is an amiable-to-the-point-of-toothless sendup of Smith’s celebrity persona and many of the roles he’s played.” Read more…)

Little Joe (horror/sci-fi, Emily Beecham. Rotten Tomatoes: 66%. Metacritic: 60. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Directed by the Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner with a detachment more professorial than wry, ‘Little Joe’ manages to exert a peculiar pull in spite of being constructed with material you’ve likely seen elsewhere.” Read more…)

Ne Zha (animated feature. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 54. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “‘Ne Zha,’ a computer-animated feature of bright hues, hectic action and only occasional charm, has already been a huge hit in China, where the title character is a familiar figure from mythology, literature, television and other films. The movie [directed by Jiao Zi], which assumes a passing acquaintance with that history — and has been trumpeted in its home country for its elaborate effects — offers an origin story for the boy hero.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Uncut Gems

New TV
The Affair: Season 5 (drama, Dominic West. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 77.)

New Documentaries
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (media, history, personality, bio. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “Can one become a historian merely by pressing a button? The documentary ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’ says yes. It also demonstrates that pressing a button is not such a mere thing.” Read more…)

5B (health care, AIDS crisis, compassion, 1st AID ward. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 69.)
Lifeline: Clyfford Still (art, bio, abstract expressionism)