New Releases 3/25/14

Top Hits
The Wolf of Wall Street (Wall Street drama, Leonardo DiCaprio. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “From its opening sequence — a quick, nasty, unapologetic tour through its main character’s vices and compulsions, during which he crash-lands a helicopter on the grounds of his Long Island estate and [not simultaneously] shares cocaine with a call girl in an anatomically creative manner — to its raw, chaotic finish, The Wolf of Wall Street hums with vulgar, voyeuristic energy. It has been a while since Mr. Scorsese has thrown himself into filmmaking with this kind of exuberance.” Read more…)

Delivery Man (comedy, Vince Vaughn. Rotten Tomatoes: 39%. Metacritic: 44. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “As artificial as the inseminations it celebrates, Delivery Man is a soggy comedy more focused on stimulating your tear ducts than your funny bone. Rejiggering his recent French-Canadian film Starbuck, Ken Scott serves up yet another example of today’s most prolific movie character: the grown man trapped in the aspic of adolescence.” Read more…)

The Great Beauty (Italy, Oscar-winning drama/comedy, Toni Servillo. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 86. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “A deliriously alive movie, The Great Beauty is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order. It was directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose last big-screen adventure was This Must Be the Place, an English-language story about a goth musician [Sean Penn, Kabukied up to look like Robert Smith from the Cure] who, after the death of his father, a Holocaust survivor, comes out of self-imposed exile to become a Nazi hunter.” Read more…)

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (superhero animated feature, Jennifer Carpenter [voice])

New Blu-Ray
The Wolf of Wall Street
Delivery Man
The Great Beauty

New Foreign
The Great Beauty (Italy, Oscar-winning drama/comedy, Toni Servillo, in Top Hits. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 86. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “A deliriously alive movie, The Great Beauty is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order. It was directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose last big-screen adventure was This Must Be the Place, an English-language story about a goth musician [Sean Penn, Kabukied up to look like Robert Smith from the Cure] who, after the death of his father, a Holocaust survivor, comes out of self-imposed exile to become a Nazi hunter.” Read more…)

New TV
Veep: Season 2 (HBO, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 75.)

New Documentaries
Let the Fire Burn (radical politics, civil liberties, history, MOVE, Wilson Goode. Rotten Tomatoes:  . Metacritic: 86. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Nicolas Rapold’s Times review: “Like an extended flashback or a prolonged bad dream, the film draws us into the story of Move, a separatist black organization and commune led by John Africa, which entered a cycle of belligerent resistance to authority, and suppression by the police, in the mid-1970s. Part of the achievement of the film’s director, Jason Osder, and its editor, Nels Bangerter, lies in orchestrating dual gripping dramas in constant dialogue, using footage from before, during and after the standoff.” Read more…)

The Punk Singer (feminism, riot grrl, music, Kathleen Hanna. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 75. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Kathleen Hanna, the feminist punk hero of the 1990s and beyond, is the main event of the fast-moving documentary The Punk Singer. Directed by Sini Anderson and co-produced by the music video veteran Tamra Davis, the film is less about music than it is a celebration of Ms. Hanna: most famous as the frontwoman for the poster band Bikini Kill and later for Le Tigre.” Read more…)