New releases 8/10/21

Top Hits
Save Yourselves! (sci-fi comedy, Sunita Mani. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 67. From Kristen Yoonsoo Kim’s New York Times review: “Imagine surviving an alien invasion when you’re a staunchly anti-gun Brooklyn millennial with no survival skills beyond making a sourdough starter. That amusing premise sets the stage for this apocalyptic comedy from the writer-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, which should belong in a subgenre sillier than ‘mumblegore,’ the horror offshoot of the low-budget, dialogue-heavy mumblecore.” Read more…)

Lucky (horror/thriller, Brea Grant. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 75. From Noel Murray’s Los Angeles Times review: “Brea Grant is both the screenwriter and the star of director Natasha Kermani’s ‘Lucky,’ a meta horror movie that critiques the underlying meanings of slasher films — and makes clever use of their schtick. Grant and Kermani skillfully keep the audience in suspense from start to finish, even if it’s just by withholding what the heck is actually happening.” Read more…)

New Foreign DVDs
The Unthinkable (Sweden, sci-fi, Christoffer Nordenrot. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 66. From Elisabeth Vincentelli’s New York Times review: “There’s little science in this new Swedish movie, and even less fiction: It’s hard not to think that the events could happen all too easily. ‘The Unthinkable’ squarely belongs to the pre-apocalyptic genre: Mysterious explosions paralyze Stockholm, the Swedish power grid collapses, nobody can figure out what’s happening, and in no time the country completely falls apart.” Read more…)

Tu Me Manques (Bolivia, gay & lesbian/drama, Fernando Barbos. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From Teo Bugbee’s New York Times review: “The film was written and directed by Rodrigo Bellott, who adapted the story from his play of the same name, based on similar events in his own life. Though the movie’s aesthetics are tepidly pleasant, Bellott’s biggest success is freeing his film’s relationship to time. In this sense, the movie retains some of the vitality of theater, where the characters invite the audience into reverie.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Power and The Glory (1933, drama, Spencer Tracy. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%, Certified Fresh. From Mordaunt Hall’s 1933 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Told in a manner which is a distinct departure from the ordinary talking picture, there came to the screen of the Gaiety last night Jesse L. Lasky’s latest production, ‘The Power and the Glory,’ the story of the success and tragedy of two lives, a husband and a wife. It is a compelling and forceful film, thoroughly human and always believable. The new treatment, which the producer calls ‘narratage,’ is eminently well suited to this particular dramatic vehicle.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
The Fortune (1975, Mike Nichols-directed comedy, Warren Beatty. Rotten Tomatoes: 29%. From Vincent Canby’s 1975 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Though it is set in the nineteen-twenties, Mike Nichols’s very funny, manically scatterbrained new movie, ‘The Fortune,’ is an epic version of those old two-reel comedies that I associate with Saturday afternoon moviegoing in the thirties, with stars like the Three Stooges, Vera Vague, Ernest Truex and Charlie Chase. It’s a marvelous attempt to recreate a kind of farce that, with the notable exceptions of a handful of films by Blake Edwards and Billy Wilder, disappeared after World War II.” Read more…)