New releases 10/7/14

Top Hits
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (action, Tom Cruise. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 71. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Eventually, [director Doug] Liman’s eccentricities and the morbidly funny neo-screwball vibe that he establishes are swamped by generic pyrotechnics and noise. That’s predictable, given the high studio stakes and the industry’s faith in spectacles of destruction, but it doesn’t obliterate the movie’s pleasures.” Read more…)

A Million Ways to Die in the West (comedy, Seth MacFarlane. Rotten Tomatoes: 33%. Metacritic: 44. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “And so we have Mr. MacFarlane playing Albert Stark, a cowering sheep farmer with a dirty mind, in his silly western spoof, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ set in Arizona in 1882. This flighty comedy, which imagines itself a son of ‘Blazing Saddles,’ demolishes the heroic mystique of the Old West with the nose-thumbing glee of a rambunctious brat who has just crawled out of a fetid mud puddle.” Read more…)

Cold In July (thriller/noir, Michael C. Hall. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 73. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: :”The pulpy neo-noir ‘Cold in July’ should propel the filmmaking team of Jim Mickle and Nick Damici further up the blood-spattered, zombie-infested hierarchy of B-movie auteurs with Hollywood ambitions. Last year, they advanced a few feet with their remake of the 2011 Mexican cannibal fest, ‘We Are What We Are,’ which followed two microbudget cult favorites: the post-apocalyptic ‘Stake Land’ [2011], and ‘Mulberry St.’ [2007], a medical horror flick.” Read more…)

Million Dollar Arm (sports drama, Jon Hamm. Rotten Tomatoes: 61%. Metacritic: 56. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “This watchable but rambling, flaccid movie, based on the true story of Mr. Bernstein’s 2007 journey to India in search of future baseball superstars, has little of the bite or tension of ‘Jerry Maguire,’ whose obnoxious hotshot agent is a prototype for JB. Nor does ‘Million Dollar Arm’ have the surreal exoticism and charm of its other obvious forerunner, ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ This, after all, is a Disney family movie, and every conflict is softened by inspirational clichés.” Read more…)

Obvious Child (romantic comedy, Jenny Slate. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review. “A commercial romantic comedy might have overplayed the contrasts between [the characters] Donna and Max, treating them as members of opposing tribes rather than as people who pursued different majors at equally expensive colleges. The narrowness of their milieu — yes, Brooklyn, again — makes ‘Obvious Child’ feel both claustrophobic and accurate. People with nothing better to do than dream up anti-Lena Dunham think pieces will have a field day with this movie, and also miss the point. Looked at from the right angle, the quirks and contradictions of Donna’s personality — the way she zigzags between entitlement and disappointment, laziness and ambition, wisdom and idiocy — illuminate an actual social condition.” Read more…)

The Loved Ones (Australia, horror/thriller, Xavier Samuel. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%.)
Houdini (biopic, Adrien Brody. Rotten Tomatoes: 44%. Metacritic: 51.)

New Blu-Ray
Live Die Report: Edge of Tomorrow
A River Runs Through It

New British
Orphan Black: Season 2

New Television
American Horror Story: Coven (Season 3)
Vikings: Season 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1