New Releases 10/01/13

Top Hits
This Is The End (comedy, James Franco. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 67. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “This Is the End is quite a bit better than The Hangover Part III, and in places it is genuinely, even sublimely hilarious. Why shouldn’t it be? It assembles a talented, quick-tongued bunch of performers and happily dispenses with the pretense that they are playing anything other than themselves. The fake-doc aesthetic that rules so much television these days is used to witty effect as we are invited to hang out with Mr. Rogen, James Franco and some other famous pals, whose lives turn out to be exactly what we might have expected, based on some of their earlier movies.” Read more…)

The Croods (animated feature, Emma Watson [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 69%. Metacritic: 55. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “The Croods makes a better study of Stone Age sociology than it does a children’s movie. But it’s colorful and has an appealing central character and — who knows? — might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.” Read more…)

The Frozen Ground (thriller, Nicolas Cage. Rotten Tomatoes: 57%. Metacritic: 37. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “Does that worried look on the face of Nicolas Cage in The Frozen Ground signal his realization that he is trapped in a police procedural that is not as good as an average episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit? Could be, although the movie, the directorial feature debut of Scott Walker, is at least watchable, unlike recent debacles starring Mr. Cage, including Stolen, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Trespass, Seeking Justice and Season of the Witch.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
This Is The End
The Croods

New Children’s DVDs
The Croods (animated feature, Emma Watson [voice], in Top Hits. Rotten Tomatoes: 69%. Metacritic: 55. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “The Croods makes a better study of Stone Age sociology than it does a children’s movie. But it’s colorful and has an appealing central character and — who knows? — might even give the little ones something more challenging to think about than its tired main plot.” Read more…)