New releases 10/25/16

Top Hits
captain_fantasticCaptain Fantastic (drama/comedy, Viggo Mortensen.  Rotten Tomatoes: 82%. Metacritic: 72. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ new York Times review: “A story of love and extremes, the pleasurably freewheeling ‘Captain Fantastic’ centers on a family that has found its bliss in splendid, unplugged isolation. Somewhere in deepest Oregon, amid the tall pines and soaring mountains, young and old hunt and holler and drop lines from Noam Chomsky. The clan’s father isn’t a superhero, but because he’s played by Viggo Mortensen he’s the next best thing. Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world.” Read more…)

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (historical drama, Giovanni Ribisi.  Rotten Tomatoes: 8%. Metacritic: 37. From Helen T. Verongos’ New York Times review: “Ultimately, however, ‘Papa,’ based on an autobiographical screenplay, goes soft at its center. Adrian Sparks, white-bearded and bearish in the title role, lacks the dynamism and bombast we expect. Ms. Richardson comforts and coaxes and exasperatedly, bitingly demeans, but she and Mr. Sparks play past each other instead of engaging.” Read more…)

Lights Out (horror, Teresa Palmer.  Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic:58. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Using his 2013 micro-movie as a jumping-off point, the Swedish director David F. Sandberg extracts maximum frights from the simplest of conceits: Diana materializes in darkness and vanishes in light. Whipping up an eerie blend of haunted-house thriller and supernatural-stalker story, he proves less adept at managing Eric Heisserer’s overly detailed screenplay than at choreographing visual scares.” Read more…)

Mr. Church (drama, Eddie Murphy.  Rotten Tomatoes: 15%. Metacritic: 37.)

New Blu-Ray
Captain Fantastic
Through the Looking Glass

New Foreign DVDs
The Executioner (Spain, 1963, drama/black humor, Criterion collection, Nino Manfredi)

Beck: Episodes 10-12 (Sweden, detective series, Peter Haber)

New Television
Outlander: Season 2 (historical drama series. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%.)

New Documentaries
Limo Ride (cult non-fiction, romp/buddy movie)