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Archive for May, 2011

DVD Report – May 31st

A couple great foreign films are the picks of the week. Javier Bardem stars in the Mexican-Spanish co-production Biutiful, about a troubled father dealing with crime and the Barcelona underworld. Less well-known is the drama Contracorriente (Undertow) — which is probably the only Peruvian movie about homosexual ghosts. It won the World Cinema Audience Award at last year’s Sundance, and guarantees a unique viewing experience.

BiutifulAverage Tier 6.85
This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever. Biutiful @ Amazon

Drive AngryAverage Tier 3.93
A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter. Drive Angry @ Amazon

ContracorrienteAverage Tier 5.87
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions. Contracorriente @ Amazon

Passion PlayAverage Tier 1.75
An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck. Passion Play @ Amazon

CrossAverage Tier 1.00
Given incredible power by an ancient Celtic Cross. Callan continues to fight evil… Now, joined by a team of weapons experts, Callan battles an unstoppable empire in Los Angeles. Cross @ Amazon

Now Allowed at Criticker: Adult Films

Spurred by general community annoyance about the inability to submit and rank movies like A Serbian Film, we’ve removed the roadblock that prevented the addition of adult titles into Criticker. With a few little conditions…

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DVD Report – May 24th

Weeks like this are hard to believe. Are there really no other films out there that could be released, other than crap-fests like I Am Number Four and Gnomeo and Juliet? Well, that’s the sad reality of it. Perhaps the rapture really did happen. Oh well… go to the movies this week, instead. We finally saw Thor and were pleasantly surprised.

I Am Number FourAverage Tier 3.42
John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four. (imdb) I Am Number Four @ Amazon

Gnomeo and JulietAverage Tier 3.89
An edgy Shakespeare adaptation like no other, this animated musical transports the classic tale of forbidden romance between two star-crossed lovers from warring families to the unlikely yet hysterical world of garden gnomes. Gnomeo and Juliet @ Amazon

The Big BangAverage Tier 3.88
A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. (imdb) The Big Bang @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 17th

The best new film this week on DVD is the latest action flick from Jason Statham. Unfortunately, that speaks more to the shabbiness the competition than to the quality of The Mechanic. Still, Ben Foster’s always a pleasure to watch and, in when you’ve had a stressful day, watching Statham kick ass all over the place can be cathartic.

The MechanicAverage Tier 3.95
Jason Statham stars as an experienced hit man who decides he’s ready to retire his weapons once and for all — after he finishes training eager young apprentice Steve McKenna (Ben Foster) in the ways of the professional kill. But the assassin’s bosses are not pleased when they discover their man is giving away his trade secrets. Simon West directs and Donald Sutherland co-stars in this action-packed remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller. The Mechanic @ Amazon

The RiteAverage Tier 3.38
Despite his conviction that demonic possession is just so much supersitious mumbo jumbo, Catholic priest-in-training Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) journeys to Rome to attend a special exorcism school being taught at the Vatican. Before long, true-believer Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) introduces the young cleric to the devil’s power firsthand. The Rite @ Amazon

Vanishing on 7th StreetAverage Tier 2.77
When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe. Vanishing on 7th Street @ Amazon

The RoommateAverage Tier 2.38
While acclimating to campus life, college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) begins to realize that her new roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester), is becoming obsessed with her. When the unhinged Rebecca starts targeting Sara’s friends and loved ones, can she save them — and herself? The Roommate @ Amazon

I Want Your MoneyAverage Tier 2.00
The film contrasts two views of role that the federal government should play in our daily lives using the words and actions of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. I Want Your Money @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 3rd

The pick of the week is probably Seth Rogen’s take on The Green Hornet — but that’s mainly because its competition isn’t exactly top-notch. Criticker user opinion was across the board on this one: some people thought it was fun, as long as you switched your brain off, but others were expecting more out of director Michel Gondry. Also in stores: someone must have reasoned that a movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder might somehow appeal to at least one person, somewhere in the world. With that reckless hope, The Dilemma was green-lighted.

The Green HornetAverage Tier 4.18
Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg (Superbad) apply their trademark humor to the superhero genre in this big-screen action-adventure about a newspaper-publishing playboy (Rogen) who dons a disguise to fight crime after hours. As the Green Hornet, Britt Reid’s power is no longer limited to the printed page — and thanks to a nimble martial-arts expert (Jay Chou), he has the skills to expose the city’s roughest criminals. The Green Hornet @ Amazon

The DilemmaAverage Tier 3.65
Ron Howard serves up a delicious comedy about two best friends and business partners — Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) — who are about to land a fantastic deal when Ronny learns something about Nick’s wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), that rocks his world. Ronny turns amateur sleuth to determine whether Geneva’s cheating on Nick and learns that telling a friend the truth is even more difficult than concealing it. The Dilemma @ Amazon

My Own Love SongAverage Tier 2.67
A wheelchair-bound singer and her best friend embark on a roadtrip to Memphis. My Own Love Song @ Amazon

Waiting for ForeverAverage Tier 3.75
A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress. Waiting for Forever @ Amazon

Butcher’s Son, TheAverage Tier 5.00
A cop works against his country’s corrupt government in order to find justice on a case. Butcher’s Son, The @ Amazon