New releases 9/26/17

Top Hits
The Devil’s Candy (horror, Ethan Embry. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 72. From Jennette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “To enjoy ‘The Devil’s Candy,’ then, one must tolerate slapdash writing [by the director, Sean Byrne] and profoundly irritating adult behavior. Yet Mr. Byrne — relying almost entirely on a doom-metal soundtrack, game performers and a grungy palette of oily browns and moldy greens — somehow whips his ingredients into an improbably taut man-versus-Satan showdown. In this, he’s helped immeasurably by Simon Chapman, a cinematographer who knows where to park his camera and when to hold it steady.” Read more…)

Transformers: The Last Knight (action, Mark Wahlberg. Rotten Tomatoes: 15%. Metacritic: 28. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Get to the fifth installment of a film series, especially a sci-fi action one with a reputation for mindless bloat, and you can generally assume you’ll be looking at the franchise’s most dreadful offering yet. But — surprise — the fifth “Transformers” movie, ‘The Last Knight,’ is far from the worst in this continuing experiment in noisy nonsense based on Hasbro toys. That is thanks largely to two words: Anthony Hopkins. What Mr. Hopkins, a knighted Emmy and Oscar winner, is doing in a ‘Transformers’ movie is unclear, but he brings a goofy dignity to the enterprise that elevates this chapter over its recent brethren.” Read more…)

All Eyez On Me: The Untold Story of Tupac Shakur (biopic, Demetrius Shipp Jr. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%. Metacritic: 38. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “During his brief fireball of a career, the rapper Tupac Shakur was a galvanic, frequently confounding figure. ‘All Eyez on Me,’ a fictionalized film biography of Shakur, directed by Benny Boom and starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., is not only a clumsy and often bland account of his life and work, but it also gives little genuine insight into his thought, talent or personality.” Read more…)

Greater (sports drama, Neal McDonough. Rotten Tomatoes: 64%. Metacritic: 35.)

New Blu-Ray Discs
Transformers: The Last Knight
The Last Waltz
Double Exposure (1982, psychological thriller, remastered by Vinegar Syndrome, Michael Callan, includes DVD)
Orgy of the Dead (1965, written by Ed Wood, horror/camp/comedy, Criswell)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post 1960)
Cyborg 2087 (1966, sci-fi, Michael Rennie)

New British
Janet King: Series 3 (Australia legal series, Marta Dusseldorp)

New Documentaries
David Lynch: The Art Life (bio, art-making, movies, David Lynch. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 75. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “The ‘Twin Peaks’ television revival is finally arriving in May, but David Lynch fans have had a long spell of contenting themselves with leftovers. [The director’s last feature was ‘Inland Empire’ in 2006.] The documentary ‘David Lynch: The Art Life’ benefits from confining itself to a less-examined period. It closes with Mr. Lynch’s work on his first feature, “Eraserhead” (1977), following his artistic development from an upbringing in which he says his mother refused to let him have coloring books — the lines were somehow too restrictive — through his education as a painter.” Read more…)

Stray Dog (veterans’ issues, poverty, society, personality profile. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review:A young boy at a picnic asks Ron Hall about the medals and badges that decorate his leather motorcycle vest. ‘It’s a way of telling people who you are,’ Mr. Hall explains. ‘Stray Dog,’ Debra Granik’s new documentary, is all about who this man is. Mr. Hall, whose nickname gives the film its title, is a Vietnam veteran, a biker, the manager of a trailer park in southern Missouri, the patriarch of a multicultural family and much more. He’s a complicated American, and Ms. Granik honors that complexity.” Read more…)

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