New releases 9/18/18

Top Hits
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (sci-fi/action, Chris Pratt. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 51. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The posters for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ promise that “The Park Is Gone.” Perhaps that’s meant to be foreboding, but it mostly sounds like an end to fun. The “Fallen Kingdom” part is also frankly a little obscure. The mistake, however, might be to suppose that these words mean anything at all. Sense is a thing this movie doesn’t have much interest in making.” Read more…)

Fahrenheit 451 (sci-fi/dystopian thrlller, Michael B. Jordan. Rotten Tomatoes: 34%. Metacritic: 47. From James Poniewozik’s New York Times review: “Even if you are not familiar with the Ray Bradbury source novel, ‘Fahrenheit’ makes it quickly, hammeringly clear that it is a cautionary tale. You’ll get that from the urban-noir aesthetic, the school-indoctrination sessions and the fact that Montag’s job as a ‘fireman’ involves not fighting fires but starting them — burning humanity’s last remaining books as well as their digital reproductions, all of which have been outlawed.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

New Foreign DVDs
The Guardians (France, drama, Nathalie Baye. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘The Guardians,’ unmistakably a war movie, is as quiet as a sigh. We barely hear a shot or a shell, and news of the horror of trench warfare — the story starts in 1915 — reaches us mostly through the words of men who have returned, briefly, from the front. Brothers, husbands, sons, these soldiers show up one at a time, unannounced, to their home in a rustic valley somewhere in France. And then they go away again, sometimes forever.” Read more…)

Summer 1993 (Spain, coming-of-age drama, Laia Artigas. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “‘Summer 1993’ balances delicately on the aftermath of a tragedy, but its tone is far from dismal. Melancholy, yes, and even momentarily wrenching; yet its emotional arc bends insistently from inarticulate sadness to gentle catharsis. Unfolding during a sun-dappled summer in the Catalonian countryside, this autobiographical debut [culled from the childhood memories and family stories of the writer and director, Carla Simón] is light on drama yet dense with unspoken feeling.” Read more…)

I Killed My Mother (Canada, 2009, gay & lesbian/drama, Xavier Dolan. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. Metacritic: 71. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Rachel Saltz’s Times review: “The bluntly audacious title of the writer-director Xavier Dolan’s debut feature, ‘I Killed My Mother,’ is both a twist on a Freudian joke and a complicated assessment of the hero’s over-cathected relationship with his parent in chief. ‘Deep down I love her,’ the 16-year-old Hubert Minel [Mr. Dolan] says in one of the movie’s confessional black-and-white interludes, ‘but it’s not the love of a son.’ Sorry, Hubert, but it is the love of a son, though, as Mr. Dolan shows, it can look a lot like romance, with all its messy ‘I hate you, I love you, I hate you’s.'” Read more…)

Coming Home (China, drama, Chen Daoming. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 81. Ftom A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Zhang Yimou and Gong Li constitute one of the great director-actress pairings in movie history. In the 1980s and ’90s they worked together on a remarkable run of movies — including ‘Red Sorghum,’ ‘Raise the Red Lantern,’ ‘Shanghai Triad’ and ‘To Live’ — that were central to the resurgence of Chinese cinema and made international stars of both of them. Ms. Gong, noble, fragile and indomitable, was for Mr. Zhang a muse, an alter ego and an emblem of China’s suffering and resilience at important moments in the nation’s history. ‘Coming Home,’ only their second collaboration in the past 20 years, reunites them in an intimate, politically resonant story set in the final years and the immediate aftermath of the Cultural Revolution.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection (1933-36, 21 short comedy films)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
Gold (1974, conspiracy thriller, Roger Moore)

New British
The Miniaturist (period thriller, Anya Taylor-Joy. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 69.)

New TV
The Looming Tower (mini-series drama based on book about run-up to 9/11, Jeff Daniels. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 74. From Mike Hale’s New York Times television review; “The show didn’t get made only because of the events it covers, now nearly 17 years in the past. It got made because of the book itself: Lawrence Wright’s definitive and mesmerizing ‘The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,’ the best seller and Pulitzer Prize winner published in 2006. Sales and prizes, though, are no guarantee that a book will make it to the screen with its spirit intact. Neither, apparently, is the involvement of the author.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Nana (biography, Holocaust history. Rotten Tomatoes: 60%.)

New Gay & Lesbian
I Killed My Mother (Canada, gay & lesbian/drama, Xavier Dolan. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. Metacritic: 71.)