New Releases 07/30/13

Top Hits
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (action, Dwayne Johnson. Rotten Tomatoes: 28%. Metacritic: 41. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “A couple of surprises await fans of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a follow-up to the 2009 moneymaker G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Those surprises will not be spoiled here because, this being yet another film inspired by a Hasbro toy, the movie’s other main attributes are noise and heavy weaponry.” Read more…)

The Bitter Buddha (stand-up comedy, Eddie Pepitone. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 72. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “A rough-hewed and admiring portrait of the 54-year-old comedian Eddie Pepitone, The Bitter Buddha will, like its subject, struggle to appeal to a wider audience than comedy geeks and professional dyspeptics. Like a less focused and more self-punishing Lewis Black, Mr. Pepitone is a ranter, railing against the mediocrity of the modern world in a raspy whine that often rises to a bellow. [As one colleague slyly remarks, ‘I love to watch him but not listen to him.’] Offstage, however, this Brooklyn-born, Los Angeles-based Buddha [a possible allusion to his ice cream-induced belly as well as his meditation practice] seems more cuddly than crabby, playing with his beloved cats and hanging out with his girlfriend.” Read more…)

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (animated action, C. Thomas Howell [voice])

New Blu-Ray
G.I. Joe: Retaliation

New Foreign
The Bronte Sisters (France, historical drama, Isabelle Huppert)

New Documentaries
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press & the National Security State (politics, civil liberties, government secrecy. From Stuart Klawans New York Times review: “Seriousness of purpose is brought low by the banana peel of slipshod craft in War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State, the latest film from Robert Greenwald and his busy documentary workshop, Brave New Foundation. Following martial and revelatory titles like Uncovered: The War on Iraq, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and Koch Brothers Exposed, War on Whistleblowers presents stories of government employees who discovered wrongdoing, brought the evidence to their superiors and at last, after encountering neglect or resistance, took the information to the news media, to the benefit of the public but the detriment of their families and careers.” Read more…)