New releases 5/24/22

Top Hits
The Batman (DC Universe comic book action, Robert . Rotten Tomatoes: 85%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 72. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “For nearly three hours, ‘The Batman,’ directed by Matt Reeves from a script he wrote with Peter Craig, navigates a familiar environment of crime, corruption and demoralization in search of something different. Batman’s frustration arises most obviously from the intractability of Gotham’s dysfunction. Two years after the city’s biggest crime boss was brought down, the streets are still seething and the social fabric is full of holes.” Read more…)

Sundown (drama, Tim Roth. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 70. From Beandrea July’s New York Times review: “Acapulco’s picturesque beauty and grimy desperation converge in writer-director Michel Franco’s psychological thriller ‘Sundown.’ Franco teams up again here with Tim Roth who plays Neil Bennett, an heir to a United Kingdom meatpacking fortune on vacation with his sister, Alice [Charlotte Gainsbourg], and family. The cinematographer Yves Cape delivers a steady stream of wide shots and abstract-leaning frames that constantly compel the viewer to prioritize the macro over the micro.” Read more…)

X (horror, Mia Goth. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘X’ is a clever and exuberant throwback to a less innocent time, when movies could be naughty, disreputable and idiosyncratic. Two kinds of movie in particular: the dirty kind and the scary kind. Set in 1979, before the internet made pornography ubiquitous and before anyone was pontificating about “elevated horror,” this sly and nasty picture insists that the flesh and blood of down-and-dirty entertainment is, literally, flesh and blood.” Read more…)

Uncharted (action/adventure, Tom Holland. Rotten Tomatoes: 41%. Metacritic: 45. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “At least give Sony credit for recycling. That is the best that can be said for its nitwit treasure-hunt movie ‘Uncharted,’ an amalgam of clichés that were already past their sell-by date when Nicolas Cage plundered the box office in Disney’s ‘National Treasure’ series. Now, it is Tom Holland’s turn to cash in with a musty story about ancient loot, old maps, lost ships, invisible ink and a wealthy scoundrel with disposable minions.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray &Ultra HD 4K
The Batman (Blu-Ray & UltraHD 4K)

New Foreign DVDs
The Pink Cloud (Brazil, drama/sci-fi, Girley Paes. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 69. From Claire Shaffer’s New York Times review: “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A deadly phenomenon has spread across the globe and forced all of civilization into an extended quarantine. Fights break out in grocery stores and online. Video chat becomes the center of human communication, playing host to everything from work meetings to birthday parties… This is the premise for ‘The Pink Cloud,’ a Brazilian domestic drama with a helping of science fiction that, remarkably enough, was conceived of in 2017 and filmed in 2019.” Read more…)

The Love of Jeanne Ney (Germany, 1927, silent drama dir. by Georg W. Pabst, Edith Jehanne. From Rob Aldam’s Backseat Mafia DVD/Blu-Ray review: “‘The Love of Jeanne Ney’ is an epic drama which spans two countries and embodies the turbulence and uncertainties of the time. Playing with a number of cinematic styles, [director Georg W.] Pabst creates a work which consistently defies expectations and creates some really fascinating sequences. What makes it stand out from most of its peers is the number of different elements at play within The Love of Jeanne Ney. A film which works on many levels.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (documentary, bio, writing, literary, Kurt Vonnegut. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 64. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “The documentary ‘Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time’ takes the importance of the novelist as a given, although years after his death in 2007, his ostensible significance still sets off conflicts on social media. By the same token, when Robert B. Weide, who directed this movie with Don Argott, describes the themes of a Vonnegut novel he read as a teen, he concludes by saying ‘What high school kid isn’t going to gobble this up?’” Read more…)