New Releases 3/10/15

Top Hits
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (family comedy, Ben Stiller. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 47. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “‘Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb’ signifies closing time for the franchise in which exhibits come alive, and Ben Stiller has to deal with them. The director, Shawn Levy, and the new writers, David Guion and Michael Handelman, throw together enough gags and one-liners to ensure a diverting and, here and there, rather funny journey for the museum stalwart Larry and his menagerie of Teddy Roosevelt, a miniature Roman general, a Neanderthal, a capuchin monkey and others.” Read more…)

The Last of Robin Hood (drama/biopic, Kevin Kline. Rotten Tomatoes: 29%. Metacritic: 46. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “‘The Last of Robin Hood’ takes place during the final two years of Errol Flynn’slife, when his stardom and health had waned, but his ardor for girls had not. As played by Kevin Kline with an almost disconcerting low-key openness, Flynn trades on his name recognition with an earnest, self-deprecating manner, though that is itself a form of entitlement.” Read more…)

The Calling (thriller, Susan Sarandon. Rotten Tomatoes: 51%. Metacritic: 46. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Preposterous as it is, ‘The Calling’ remains stubbornly suspenseful until near the end, when the yawning plot holes become too large to ignore. (At least one coincidence bridges more than 3,000 miles.) ‘The Calling’ aims to unsettle, but when a movie primarily leaves you wanting to learn more about the jurisdictional conflicts of Canadian law, it can’t properly be called a thriller.” Read more…)

Listen Up Philip (drama.comedy, Jason Schwartzman. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 76. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “In the biliously, often hilariously funny tragicomedy ‘Listen Up Philip,’ the alternately self-regarding and self-loathing novelist played in 50 shades of black by a peerless Jason Schwartzman stalks New York like a madman or, perhaps, a murderer. Philip Lewis Friedman doesn’t have blood on his hands [at least not yet], though he routinely goes in for the kill. If he looked shabbier, less domesticated, he could be mistaken for one of those thrown-away men who roam city streets muttering into the void of other people’s indifference. When the movie opens, he seems willfully teetering on the edge of that terrible darkness, inching ever closer to its maw with each furiously detonated word.” Read more…)

Kelly & Cal (drama/romance, Juliette Lewis. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 64. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “A capsule summary of ‘Kelly & Cal,’ the directorial feature debut of Jen McGowan, a screenplay by Amy Lowe Starbin, might make it sound like a sentimental celebration of the healing power of friendship between alienated individuals facing uncertain futures. But this modest, finely acted movie avoids the usual detours that are the bane of films about disabled youth.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray

New Foreign
Life of Riley (France, Alain Resnais-directed drama/comedy, Sabine Azema. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%. Metacritic: 70. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “If we are to take ‘Life of Riley,’ the final film by the French master Alain Resnais, as a valedictory reflection, its message is delivered with a lighthearted shrug. Accept the possibility that the material world is artifice, then play with it. Have fun. Lose yourself in the game of make-believe like children putting on a play.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
The Life of Mammals (nature, David Attenborough)

New Children’s DVDs
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (family comedy, Ben Stiller. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 47.)

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