New releases 6/14/16

Top Hits
45_Years45 Years (romance/drama, Charlotte Rampling. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 94. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “The last shot of ’45 Years,’ Andrew Haigh’s sensitive and devastating portrait of a long, happy marriage in sudden crisis, is one such frozen moment. Everything is paused, suspended in curious limbo. A wife — I’m treading cautiously to avoid revealing too much — looks at her husband as if seeing him for the first time, as if seized by a sudden and unwelcome new understanding.” Read more…)

Hello, My Name Is Doris (comedy/romance, Sally Field. Rotten Tomatoes: 82%. Metacritic: 63. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The first time that the heroine in the disarming comedy ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ sees the kid, they’re in a crowded office elevator. He’s not a child at all, but somewhere in his mid-30s, which can seem light-years away for a woman who has been of a certain age for decades. So when he jostles Doris (Sally Field), she braces for the usual morning-elevator scrum. Instead, he straightens her lopsided eyeglasses. With this one small, human kindness he does something that astonishes Doris, something that doesn’t often happen to the world’s invisible women: He sees her.” Read more…)

10 Cloverfield Lane (thriller, John Goodman. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 76. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “But Mr. Abrams, who returns as a producer here and leaves the directing to Dan Trachtenberg, is nothing if not a savvy salesman. Luckily, he has something worth peddling: “10 Cloverfield Lane’ might have cost little more to put together than a season of “Survivor” [the budget permitted Bradley Cooper’s voice, though not, alas, the rest of him], but the movie is a master class on narrative pacing and carefully managed jolts.” Read more…)

Stand_ClearStand Clear of the Closing Doors (indie drama, Jesus Sanchez-Velez. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 86. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,’ a small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life. Set largely inside the city’s subway system, it observes the world through the eyes of Ricky [Jesus Sanchez-Velez], a bright but easily distracted 13-year-old boy with midrange autism who gets lost underground. Mr. Sanchez-Velez, the untrained actor who plays him, has Asperger’s syndrome and is a hauntingly plaintive screen presence.” Read more…)

London Has Fallen (action, Gerard Butler. Rotten Tomatoes: 25%. Metacritic: 28. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “President Benjamin Asher needs two things: better security personnel and better scriptwriters. The first time the president [Aaron Eckhart] was snatched by terrorists, in the 2013 thriller ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ watching his favorite Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, rescue him was at least somewhat fun in a mindless sort of way. Now, incredibly, the same president has been snatched by terrorists again, in the new ‘London Has Fallen,’ and this time the rescue is an unimaginative, repetitive slog.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
10 Cloverfield Lane
London Has Fallen

New Foreign
La_ChienneLa Chienne (France, 1931, Jean Renoir-directed drama, Michel Simon. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From an unsigned New York Times review from 1975, when the film had its first subtitled screening in the United states [requires log-in]: “Of the seven festival films I’ve seen at this writing, it’s the only one that can be recommended without reservation. It’s fresh, funny, rude and gentle about the appalling consequences one faces if one has the gift of staying alive. ‘La Chienne,’ which apparently has never been released here in an English-subtitled version, is Renoir’s first full-length sound film. It’s based on the novel by George de la Fouchardière that was also made into quite a different movie, ‘Scarlet Street,’ by Fritz Lang in 1945. The basic story lines of both films are approximately the same, but where the Lang is dark, violent and obsessive, the tone of the Renoir is contemplative and ironic. In spite of what the master of ceremonies says, ‘La Chienne’ is a comedy in the best sense.” Read more…)

New British
Grantchester: Season 2 (mystery series, James Norton)
Birds of a Feather: Set 1 (comedy Pauline Quirke)

New Television
The X Files: The Event Series (Gillian Anderson)
Underground: Season 1 (historical drama, Jurnee Smollett-Bell)

New Gay & Lesbian DVDs
Those People (romance, Jonathan Gordon. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. From Andy Webster’s New York Times review: “The Whit Stillman-esque romantic melodrama “those People’ goes to great lengths to humanize Manhattan’s upper crust, with generally successful results. Its hero, Charlie [Jonathan Gordon], a gay 27-year-old painter in graduate school, may have been raised among the Upper East Side elite, but that doesn’t keep him from agonized ambivalence when it comes to love. Even in his Manhattan of formal wear, glowing interiors, glittering nighttime streets and leisurely affluence, heartbreak rears its ugly head.” Read more…)

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