New releases 3/17/20

Top Hits
Jumanji: Next Level (family adventure/comedy, Dwayne Johnson. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 58. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “It’s perhaps unfair to call this a turkey. It’s got some sweet moments, and the cast, as it did in the previous picture, enjoys itself at least semi-infectiously. But the action sequences are lifeless; the lessons valid but arguably stale; and the trimmings, mere bloat.” Read more…)

Black Christmas (horror, Imogen Poots. Rotten Tomatoes: 38%. Metacritic: 49. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “If all you wanted for Christmas was a smarter Black Christmas,’ you are in luck. The director Sophia Takal, who wrote the screenplay with the film critic April Wolfe, has taken the 1974 Canadian sorority slasher standard — remade once before, in 2006 — and run with it, emerging with a movie significantly different in style and tone from its source. This ‘Black Christmas’ speaks to an era of campus curriculum debates and a national reckoning over the reporting of sexual assault.” Read more…)

Superman: Red Son (unrated animated feature, Jason Isaacs [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)

New Blu-Ray
Jumanji: Next Level

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Intrigue (1916, silent film w/screenplay by pioneering women filmmaker Julia Crawford Ivers)
Alice Guy Blaché Vol. 1: The Gaumont Years (pioneering woman filmmaker)
Alice Guy Blaché Vol. 2: The Solax Years (pioneering woman filmmaker)

New TV
Modern Family: Season 7 (comedy, Ed O’Neill)

New Documentaries
Celebration: Yves St. Laurent—The Final Show (fashion, bio, personality. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “Early in this century, the documentary director Olivier Meyrou, at the invitation of Pierre Bergé, spent two and a half years filming the couturier Yves Saint Laurent and his employees and associates. Bergé, of course, was one of them: Saint Laurent’s longtime business manager, hard-nosed where Saint Laurent was dreamy, is a central figure in ‘Celebration,’ which chronicles the creation of what would be Saint Laurent’s final collection.” Read more…)