New Releases 10/29/13

Top Hits
R.I.P.D. (comedy, Jeff Bridges. Rotten Tomatoes: 13%. Metacritic: 25. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Committed genre fans endure enormous amounts of recycled garbage in hopes of seeing something, anything, new. Even the most forgiving have their limits, though, and this week’s multiplex terminus can be found in the noisy nonsense known as R.I.P.D. Based on Rest in Peace Department, a Dark Horse comic created by Peter M. Lenkov, the movie has the kind of clever-enough premise that could be easily pitched at a 60-second meeting: a heavenly police force hunts dead villains and sends them to hell. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the movie was directed by Robert Schwentke, who made a promising thriller [Flightplan] a few years back.” Read more…)

Monsters University (animated Pixar feature, Billy Crystal [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 65. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “What are little boy monsters made of? In Pixar’s Monsters University, they aren’t made of slugs, snails and puppy dog tails — they’re monstrous versions of those ingredients, only cuter, fuzzier, brighter, wilder and woollier. A stomping, creeping menagerie, they embody a Popsicle-hued rainbow of seeming diversity, from their googly eyes to their hydra heads and sticky tentacles. In this passable prequel to Pixar’s magical 2001 film Monsters, Inc., anything and every being seems possible. Or so believes the young Mike Wazowski (voiced by Noah Johnson and Billy Crystal), who thinks that if he studies hard enough, he too can become one of his world’s Scarers.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
R.I.P.D.
Monsters University