New releases 11/15/16

Top Hits
finding_doryFinding Dory (Pixar animated feature, Ellen DeGeneres. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 77. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “Now Dory has her own movie, imaginatively called ‘Finding Dory,’ a merchandising opportunity for Disney and a welcome end-of-the-school-year diversion for parents and children. While it may not join the top tier of Pixar features, ‘Dory,’ directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus Ma’Lane, is certainly the best non-‘Toy Story’ sequel the studio has produced. That may sound like faint praise given the startling mediocrity of “Monsters University’ and ‘Cars 2,’ but what ‘Dory’ lacks in dazzling originality it more than makes up for in warmth, charm and good humor.” Read more…)

Fort Tilden (New York Times Critic’s Pick, comedy, Clare McNulty. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 70. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Andy Webster’s Times review: “Take the potty-mouthed, woman-centric millennial sensibility of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ turn down the drama and turn up the comic amorality, and you have ‘Fort Tilden,’ the highly amusing debut feature from Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. Rarely has a movie so humorously illustrated the meaning of ‘frenemy.'” Read more…)

Game of Thrones: Season 6 (HBO fantasy series, Peter Dinklage. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 73.)

New Blu-Ray
Finding Dory (regular Blu-Ray & 3D Blu-Ray)

New Foreign DVDs
Summertime (France, lesbian romance, Cecile de France. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 72. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Delphine and Carole meet in Paris in the early ’70s, a time of post-’68 agitation and fertile ground for French filmmakers mining their nation’s recent history for resonant stories. Catherine Corsini’s ‘Summertime,’ with the clarity of hindsight and a deep reservoir of empathy, examines the commingling of the personal and the political from a fresh angle. This is a film about the struggle for sexual freedom and women’s rights, and also about the power of region, class and custom in the lives of its characters.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
macbethMacbeth (1948, Orson Welles Shakespeare adaptation. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. From Bosley Crowther’s 1950 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Orson Welles’ sprotean film production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ cut, re-cut, re-recorded and oft exhibited far and wide in the past three years, finally obtained a local haven at the Trans-Lux Sixtieth Street yesterday and turned out to be less of a vagary than its history might lead one to expect. As a matter of fact, this final rendering, which Mr. Welles directed and in which he stars, may not possess the searching insight and the dramatic clarity that one might desire but it has a great deal in its favor in the way of feudal spectacle and nightmare mood.” Read more…)

Pimpernel Smith (1941, World War II-era drama/thriller, Leslie Howard. From T.S.’s 1942 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Having saved a good many heads from the French revolutionary guillotine in the film of a few years back, the Scarlet Pimpernel is back in a new disguise. ‘Mister V’ [now called ‘Pimpernel Smith’] is what he calls himself in the new arrival at the Rivoli, and this time he is a crotchety, vacant-minded archaeologist smuggling deserving souls out of the reach of the Nazi terror. Out of his adventures amid the gutterals and brown shirts, Leslie Howard as producer, director and leading player has created an uneven but decidedly exciting melodrama. Perhaps Mister V’s exploits sometimes have a familiar ring, No matter, [‘Pimpernel Smith’] is still a pulse-quickening variation on a dangerous theme. Singapore may fall, but the British can still make melodramas to chill the veins.” Read more…)

New British
Capital (mini-series, satire/drama, Toby Jones)
The Living and the Dead: Season 1 (supernatural series, Colin Morgan)
The Syndicate: All or Nothing (comedy/drama series, Kay Mellor)

New Television
Better Call Saul: Season 2 (drama series, Bob Odenkirk. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 85.)
Game of Thrones: Season 6 (fantasy series, Peter Dinklage)
Looking: The Complete Series & the Movie (HBO series, gay life in San Francisco. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 77.)

New Gay & Lesbian
Summertime (France, lesbian romance, Cecile de France)
Looking: The Complete Series & the Movie

New Children’s DVDs
Finding Dory (Pixar animated feature, Ellen DeGeneres)