New releases 4/5/16

Top Hits
Star_Wars_Force_AwakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens (sci-fi adventure, Harrison Ford. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 81. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The big news about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is — spoiler alert — that it’s good! Despite the prerelease hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites — Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen — and new kinetic wows, along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that are rooted in the human. It has the usual toy-store-ready gizmos and critters, but it also has appealingly imperfect men and women whose blunders and victories, decency and goofiness remind you that a pop mythology like ‘Star Wars’ needs more than old gods to sustain it.” Read more…)

Captive (true life-drama, David Oyelowo. Rotten Tomatoes: 25%. Metacritic: 37. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Why choose between product placement and plot point when you can have both at once? Based on actual 2005 events, the inspirational thriller ‘Captive’ recounts how a fugitive, Brian Nichols [David Oyelowo], and his captive, Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), are affected at a crucial moment by Rick Warren’s best seller ‘The Purpose Driven Life.’ The magic happens toward the end of the film, when she reads aloud to him from the book and something clicks inside his head.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

New British
Call the Midwife: Season 4
A Place to Call Home: Season 3

New Documentaries
How To Change the World (activism, ecology, Greenpeace. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 77. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Daniel M. Gold’s Times review: “‘How to Change the World,’ Jerry Rothwell’s engrossing documentary about the origins of Greenpeace, the environmental activist group, may sound triumphant. But while the film, polished and paced like a caper flick, captures the excitement of the make-it-up-as-you-go early days, Mr. Rothwell also highlights the stresses that come after a movement takes on a life of its own.” Read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues