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Archive for April, 2012

DVD Report – April 24th

There are a number of decent films new to DVD this week, but that does not include Mark Wahlberg’s thriller Contraband. The best film of the week is probably Pariah, about a Brooklyn teenager struggling to come to terms with her family, community and sexuality. Or if you’re looking for a film which is basically the opposite of that, check out Let the Bullets Fly: a speed-wheeling comic action flick about gangsters in 1920’s China.

ContrabandAverage Tier 3.91

A security guard with financial troubles considers a return to his smuggling ways when an associate offers a potentially lucrative opportunity.
Contraband @ Amazon

Innkeepers, TheAverage Tier 5.41

A horror-thriller centered on the last two employees at a haunted hotel that’s going out of business.
Innkeepers, The @ Amazon

11-11-11Average Tier 1.42

A horror-thriller set on 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month and concerning a entity from another world that enters the earthly realm through Heaven’s 11th gate.
11-11-11 @ Amazon

Let the Bullets FlyAverage Tier 5.40

Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.
Let the Bullets Fly @ Amazon

PariahAverage Tier 6.67

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks family and friendships in a search for sexual expression. (tiff.net)
Pariah @ Amazon

DVD Report – April 17th

The latest Mission Impossible lived up to the improbably high standards of the series and is definitely worth seeking out on DVD for those who haven’t seen it. But the pick of the week is Shame, a universally lauded drama about a sex-addict and the unexpected arrival of his younger sister. This is the second partnership between director Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender. Their first project together, Hunger, won McQueen the Caméra d’Or at Cannes… and Shame earned him an NC-17 from America’s squeamish ratings board. (The violence and deaths in Mission Impossible? Yeah, that’s a PG-13.)

The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!
ShameAverage Tier 7.63

A drama centered on 30-something Brandon, his myriad sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister moves in with him.
Shame @ Amazon

The DivideAverage Tier 4.11

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.
The Divide @ Amazon

Born to Be WildAverage Tier 7.00

Narrated by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them — saving endangered species one life at a time.
Born to Be Wild @ Amazon

DVD Report – April 10th

It’s Meryl Streep vs. Werner Herzog in this week’s Battle of the Titans. And while The Iron Lady has more rankings at Criticker, Mr. Herzog is always a formidable opponent in terms of quality. Into the Abyss is his latest documentary and, as usual, Criticker users gave it great marks. The German filmmaker’s latest target? Capital punishment in the USA.

The Iron LadyAverage Tier 3.93

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
The Iron Lady @ Amazon

Into the AbyssAverage Tier 6.87

Intimate interviews and life stories of several people involved in the life of an inmate condemned to death in a Texas prison.
Into the Abyss @ Amazon

The Darkest HourAverage Tier 2.30

In Russia, a group of young adults struggle to survive after an alien invasion.
The Darkest Hour @ Amazon

Agent Jesus Juarez (aka Chucho) has always played the Devil in his town’s Nativity Play. This Christmas, when the new pastor of the church recasts the role, the two men engage in a battle between good and evil.
Pastorela @ Amazon

DVD Report – April 3rd

We Bought a Zoo, the latest movie from Cameron Crowe, had Criticker users split, but the film landed on the positive end of the spectrum. Most appreciated its warm heart and engaging story, with another great performance from Matt Damon. But even better is an intense thriller out of Italy. The Double Hour had viewers on the edge of their seats. It seems to be the kind of intelligent film that keeps you guessing and rewards multiple viewings.

War HorseAverage Tier 4.97

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
War Horse @ Amazon

We Bought a ZooAverage Tier 5.29

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.
We Bought a Zoo @ Amazon

The Double HourAverage Tier 5.78

A spark between a newly-met couple is snuffed out tragically
The Double Hour @ Amazon

In the Land of Blood and HoneyAverage Tier 3.64

A look at how a couple’s romance is affected by the Bosnian War. (imdb)
In the Land of Blood and Honey @ Amazon

Angels CrestAverage Tier 2.67

The disappearance of a 3-year-old boy divides a tightly knit community and culls out its secrets. (imdb)
Angels Crest @ Amazon