New releases 4/16/19

Top Hits
Glass (comic book thriller, Samuel L. Jackson. Rotten Tomatoes: 37%. Metacritic: 42. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “[M. Night] Shyamalan’s talent for primitive scares remains intact in ‘Glass,’ as does his love for cramming a whole lot of story in one feature. A superhero thriller spiked with horror and family melodrama, the movie reunites its title evildoer with [David] Dunn [from ‘Unbreakable’] and brings them face to face with Kevin Wendell Crumb [James McAvoy], the multiple-personality antihero of Shyamalan’s 2017 freakout, ‘Split.'” Read more…)

Columbus (drama, John Cho. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 89. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Ben Kenigsberg’s Times review: “‘Columbus’ can be slyly mysterious from a structural standpoint, both with respect to the plot’s elisions and several cuts that demand that viewers fill in the blanks. The movie leaves quite a bit to the eye of the beholder, but it’s always worth looking at.” Read more…)

Escape at Dannemora (true crime drama, Benicio del Toro. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 78. From Mike Hale’s New York Times television review: “You’re serving a long sentence, and if you want freedom, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands. It’s the plot of ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ and it’s also the experience of watching it.” Read more…)

Destroyer (crime drama, Nicole Kidman. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%. Metacritic: 62. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis Times review: “Ho, ho, ho — nothing says the holidays like a beautifully ugly Nicole Kidman taking care of business with a submachine gun. But if you’re looking for counterprogramming, something to cut the ‘Mary Poppins’ treacle, consider ‘Destroyer,’ in which Kidman plays a very bad cop. Wearing a crust of disfiguring makeup and mousy hair that looks as if it has crawled out of a dumpster to take up residence on her head, Kidman is almost unrecognizable. The transformation is startling, and it forces you to scan her face and look, really look, at a woman you might otherwise turn away from.” Read more…)

The Kid Who Would Be King (family-friendly adventure, Patrick Stewart. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 66. From Bilge Ebiri’s New York Times review: “What ensues is a brisk, well-mounted children’s fantasy, with [director Joe] Cornish giving the story an entertainingly apocalyptic spin. Children covered in armor drive ‘Mad Max’-style cars to combat the forces of darkness, while their school turns into a hellscape of warfare and fire. The action is creatively staged, without ever getting too intense or scary for young viewers.” Read more…)

Patient Zero (pandemic thriller, Matt Smith. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%.)
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five (animated comic book feature)

New Blu-Rays
Glass
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

New Foreign DVDs
The Invisibles (Germany, Holocaust drama, Max Mauff. Rotten Tomatoes: 69%. Metacritic: 60. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “‘The Invisibles,’ which tells the astonishing stories of four of the thousands of German Jews in Berlin who tried to escape deportation to the camps in World War II, is two movies spliced into one. The first records interviews with the four — Cioma Schönhaus, Hanni Lévy, Eugen Friede and Ruth Gumpel [née Arndt] — conducted in 2009. The second uses these testimonies as the basis for a scripted drama that the director, Claus Räfle, weaves around interview segments like extended re-enactments.” Read more…)

Zizou and the Arab Spring (Tunisia, comedy/drama, Zied Ayadi)
Diamonds of the Night (Czechoslovakia, 1964, drama/war, Ladislav Jànsky. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%.)

New British DVDs
Victoria: Season 3 (biopic series, Jenna Coleman. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%.)

New Documentaries
Hal (bio, cinema history, Hal Ashby. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 72. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “When the director Hal Ashby is mentioned now, he’s often squeezed into a cohort called New Hollywood, or as I think of it AltmanBogdanovichCoppolaFriedkinScorsese. This lineup changes depending on who’s telling the story and to what revisionist or orthodox end. Members, almost always men, are added, deleted or downgraded in the footnotes. Warren Beatty plays a role, as does the upstart Steven Spielberg. Ashby — who died at 59 in 1988 and whose films include ‘Being There’ — remains another constant, a mainstay in a group that stormed the old studios in the late 1960s, changing Hollywood forever. [That’s one take, anyway.] The director Amy Scott resurrects this Eden in ‘Hal,’ filling it with new [now seasoned] wonders, holy innocents and an abundance of snakes.” Read more…)

Anote’s Ark (environment, nature, climate change. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)