New releases 5/9/17

Top Hits
Fifty Shades Darker (erotic drama, Dakota Johnson. Rotten Tomatoes: 9%. Metacritic: 33. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The big tee-hee about the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phenomenon is that it’s brought ostensibly scandalous heterosexual sex — with its whips and restraints — out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The likes of Madonna and the photographer Helmut Newton had primed that pump long ago, turning dominance, submission and toys into an acceptable spectacle. But it apparently took a writer as terrible as E L James, the author of the ‘Fifty Shades’ series, to really hit the commercial sweet spot. The result is a clutch of best sellers, a hit movie [based on the first book, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’] and now a sequel, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ that’s almost bad enough to recommend.” Read more…)

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (horror-comedy, Simon Pegg. Rotten Tomatoes: 33%. Metacritic: 31.)
The Void (horror/sci-fi, Aaron Poole. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 62.)

New Blu-Ray
Fifty Shades Darker
A Fantastic Fear of Everything

New Foreign
Things To Come (France, drama, Isabelle Huppert Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 88. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “[Director Mia] Hansen-Love observes the vagaries of Nathalie’s situation with compassion and lucidity. Her films — this is her fourth feature — often turn on intimate calamities, like a husband’s suicide [in ‘Father of My Children’] or a painful breakup [in ‘Goodbye First Love’]. But she is temperamentally allergic to melodrama, and far less interested in the easy shocks and tidy consolations of plot than in the meandering, almost random texture of lived experience. The French title of ‘Things to Come’ [it’s also the name of an old British science-fiction movie] is ‘L’Avenir,’ which more literally means ‘the future’ and which more accurately conveys the film’s open-ended, exploratory structure.” Read more…)

New TV
Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (prison drama, Taylor Schilling.  Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 86.)
Divorce: Season 1 (HBO comedy, Sarah Jessica Parker. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%. Metacritic: 60.)