New releases 4/17/18

Top Hits
The Post (Spielberg drama/political thriller about The Pentagon Papers, Meryl Streep. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 83. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “Steven Spielberg’s exhilarating drama ‘The Post’ is about a subject that’s dear to the heart of journalists: themselves! Set largely during a few anxious weeks in 1971, it revisits The Washington Post’s decision to publish portions of the Pentagon Papers, an immense classified report that chronicled America’s involvement in Southeast Asia from World War II to 1968. In Mr. Spielberg’s hands, that decision becomes a ticktock thriller about the freedom of the press, the White House’s war on that constitutional right and the middle-aged woman who defended freedom in a fabulous gold caftan.” Read more…)

The Commuter (thriller, Liam Neeson. Rotten Tomatoes: 57%. Metacritic: 56 From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “I’ll never get too mad about a midwinter Liam Neeson action movie, and not only because I know Mr. Neeson will be angry enough for both of us. ‘I’m 60 years old,’ he growls several times in ‘The Commuter,’ ostensibly to complain about the indignities his character is suffering but really to invite our admiration. The dude can trade punches with guys half his age, roll out from under the wheels of a moving train and then jump right back onto the train. He doesn’t make it look easy. The whole appeal of Mr. Neeson’s late-career rebirth as an action hero is that it looks like hell.” Read more…)

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (romance/drama based on true story, Annette Bening. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. Metacritic: 65. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “In light of a résumé skewed toward male-dominated thrillers, the Scottish director Paul McGuigan might seem an unlikely choice to guide a fading-siren weepie from page to screen. Yet ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ a real-life romance adapted from the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, reveals an unexpected fontanel of sentiment in Mr. McGuigan’s style that — when not tipping over into bathos — can be rather lovely.” Read more…)

Humor Me (comedy, Jemaine Clement. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 53. From Jason Zinoman’s New York Times review: “If ‘dad joke’ is an insult, why isn’t ‘grandfather joke’? Do people get funnier with age? Sam Hoffman, who founded the website Old Jews Telling Jokes, which was adapted into a book and an Off Broadway show, built a franchise that might persuade you that they do. His comedy avoids the fashionable confessional style in favor of borscht belt standards about hectoring mothers and religious figures walking into bars. He has worked on movies for years, but his directorial debut, ‘Humor Me,’ a lightly amusing stroll down some well-worn streets, shares a sensibility with his popular site, with narrative tacked on.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
The Post
The Commuter

New Foreign DVDs
A Quiet Place in the Country (Italy, 1968, drama/horror, Vanessa Redgrave)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
Camp Nowhere (1994, comedy, Christopher Lloyd. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%.)

New Television
Genius (National Geographic Einstein bio-pic mini-series, Geoffrey Rush. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%.)
The Americans: Season 5 (espionage series, Keri Russell. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 94.)