New Releases 12/29/15

Top Hits
Bone Tomahawk (western/action, Kurt Russell. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 71. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “In ‘Bone Tomahawk,’ an old-timer, an invalid and a gunslinger set out across the blistering desert to rescue three innocents from a band of savage cannibals. Their mission seems beyond futile, but don’t count them out too soon: Their leader is Kurt Russell. Yet Mr. Russell is far from the only reason to see this unexpected low-budget treat, a witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat. That rhythm is dictated entirely by the writer and director, S. Craig Zahler, a novelist and musician who flips genre conventions upside-down and cares more about character than body count.” Read more…)

The Perfect Guy (thriller/romance, Morris Chestnut. Rotten Tomatoes: 21%. Metacritic: 36. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Michael Ealy has a very ominous stare and Sanaa Lathan sells her inconsistent character pretty well, but ‘The Perfect Guy’ is still just a boilerplate stalker story that proceeds more or less as you suspect it will.” Read more…)

A Walk in the Woods (drama, Robert Redford. Rotten Tomatoes: 45%. Metacritic: 51. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “There’s a scene in ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ a low-impact amble through hill, dale and cinematic nostalgia, when our two crusty trekkers face down a pair of bears. The men — Robert Redford and Nick Nolte — are slumbering in their tents when the bears descend and begin tearing into the hikers’ food, which they have failed to properly stash. The bears roar and the men thunder back, flapping uvulas and arms to chase off the animals. It’s a mildly funny scene, partly because of its light physical comedy and sight gaggery, although also because Mr. Nolte, his signature growl now often at sepulchral depths, has been doing a fair impression of a wild beast for years.” Read more…)

Heist (thriller, Robert De Niro. Rotten Tomatoes: 24%. Metacritic: 37. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Yimes review: “Whatever its flaws, ‘Heist’ is to be commended for repeatedly finding ways to distract us from them. Battling a preposterous plot and second-tier performances that are, at best, serviceable, this roll-along thriller from Scott Mann works its keister off to turn beef jerky into chateaubriand.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
License to Drive (1988, comedy, Corey Haim. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%. From Caryn James’ 1988 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Anyone old enough to have a license is probably much too old to be amused by ‘License to Drive,’ the comic adventure of a 16-year-old who fails his driving test and sneaks off on Saturday night in his grandfather’s 1972 Cadillac. By morning he has driven around town with his drunken girlfriend passed out in the trunk and two friends howling in the passenger seats. It is proof of the candy heart beneath the film’s reckless storyline that all this action seems at worst slightly naughty.” Read more…)

New TV
Shameless: Season 4 (comedy/drama, William H. Macy. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%.)