New releases 4/22/14

Top Hits
Big Bad Wolves (mystery/thriller, Lior Ashkenazi. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 63. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “In other words, there’s a serial killer loose, and he’s raping, torturing and decapitating girls, whose heads he then hides, mainly, it seems, to give this otherwise generic setup extra ick. As the police futilely chase clues, a motley triangle emerges: a suspended cop, Micki [Lior Ashkenazi]; a religious teacher, Dror [Rotem Keinan]; and a mourning father, Gidi [Tzahi Grad]. In time, the three converge in an isolated cabin that turns into a chamber of horrors as they play a psychological game of no exit amid Jewish mother jokes, some noshing and one character’s — after taking a blowtorch to another man’s chest — sniffing the air and wistfully reminiscing about barbecue.” Read more…)

The Pirate Fairy (animated Disney feature, Mae Whitman [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 51.)
Cleaver Family Reunion (comedy, H.M. Coakley)

New Foreign
Big Bad Wolves (Israel, mystery/thriller, Lior Ashkenazi, in Top Hits.. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 63. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “In other words, there’s a serial killer loose, and he’s raping, torturing and decapitating girls, whose heads he then hides, mainly, it seems, to give this otherwise generic setup extra ick. As the police futilely chase clues, a motley triangle emerges: a suspended cop, Micki [Lior Ashkenazi]; a religious teacher, Dror [Rotem Keinan]; and a mourning father, Gidi [Tzahi Grad]. In time, the three converge in an isolated cabin that turns into a chamber of horrors as they play a psychological game of no exit amid Jewish mother jokes, some noshing and one character’s — after taking a blowtorch to another man’s chest — sniffing the air and wistfully reminiscing about barbecue.” Read more…)

Inch’Allah (Canada/France, drama, Evelyn Brochu. Rotten Tomatoes: 56. Metacritic: 47. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review:” A hard-edged drama with a very fuzzy center, Inch’Allah views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the exhausted eyes of a young Canadian obstetrician with more naïveté than sense.” Read more…)

New Classics (pre-1960)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954, prison drama, Neville Brand. From A.W.’s 1954 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The grim business of melodrama behind prison walls, so often depicted in standard, banal fashion in films, is given both tension and dignity in Riot in Cell Block 11, which erupted onto the Mayfair’s screen yesterday. Although it is explosive enough to satisfy the most rabid of the ‘cons versus “screws”‘ school of moviegoer, it also makes a sincere and adult plea for a captive male society revolting against penal injustices. In its own small way, Riot in Cell Block 11 is a realistic and effective combination of brawn, brains and heart.” read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
The Pirate Fairy (animated Disney feature, Mae Whitman [voice], in Top Hits. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 51.)