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Archive for May, 2012

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DVD Report – May 29th

The best new film to debut on DVD this week is We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton as the mother of a psychopathic child. Criticker users were united in praise of this film, but also agreed that it’s difficult to watch and emotionally draining. More contentious were the reviews for Coriolanus, a Shakespearian drama brought to the present day by Ralph Fiennes, who directs and stars.

Criticker Pick!
We Need to Talk About KevinAverage Tier 7.01

The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief – and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions.
We Need to Talk About Kevin @ Amazon

GoonAverage Tier 4.76

Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.
Goon @ Amazon

CoriolanusAverage Tier 5.51

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Coriolanus @ Amazon

Man on a LedgeAverage Tier 3.97

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…
Man on a Ledge @ Amazon

GoneAverage Tier 2.75

When her sister disappears, Jill is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.
Gone @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 22nd

As is the case on any week which sees one of their releases, the best new film this week is the latest from the legendary Studio Ghibli: The Secret World of Arrietty. Based on Mary Norton’s classic The Borrowers, the story follows the adventures of Arrietty who lives in peace with her people under the floorboard of a house, and her dangerous friendship with a human boy. This film was a massive hit in Japan, and also found a surprisingly large audience at the US box office. Definitely worth a look.

The Secret World of ArriettyAverage Tier 6.93

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
The Secret World of Arrietty @ Amazon

The Woman in BlackAverage Tier 3.97

Young lawyer Arthur Kipps travels to a remote village to organize a recently deceased client’s papers, where he encounters the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.
The Woman in Black @ Amazon

This Means WarAverage Tier 3.31

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.
This Means War @ Amazon

Red TailsAverage Tier 3.95

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
Red Tails @ Amazon

UnitedAverage Tier 6.04

United is based on the true story of Manchester United’s legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.
United @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 15th

A few good selections new on DVD this week are led by the surprisingly good Chronicle, about three high-school friends who suddenly get super powers. Chronicle somehow manages to make its classic story of power and responsibility, good and evil, seem fresh. Almost as good is Liam Neeson vs. Wolves in The Grey and Rampart, featuring Woody Harrelson as a dirty cop.

ChronicleAverage Tier 6.07

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Chronicle @ Amazon

The GreyAverage Tier 5.63

In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.
The Grey @ Amazon

RampartAverage Tier 5.55

Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop, balancing a home life with two ex-wives as he becomes embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous Rampart corruption scandal. (tiff.net)
Rampart @ Amazon

Devil Inside, TheAverage Tier 1.87

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
The Devil Inside @ Amazon

One for the MoneyAverage Tier 2.23

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
One for the Money @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 7th

An awful slate of new releases on DVD this week is led by the latest chapter in the Underworld saga, which continues to pump out films, despite the fact that nobody seems to like any of them much. When a franchise reaches four films, wasn’t at least the first one supposed to be good? A bigger disappointment, though, might be the Tim and Eric film. The comedy duo was responsible for one of the most bizarrely hilarious sketch shows in years, but the humor didn’t seem to translate to the big screen.

Underworld: AwakeningAverage Tier 3.96

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.
Underworld: Awakening @ Amazon

The VowAverage Tier 3.60

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.
The Vow @ Amazon

Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, only to watch their dream run off course.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie @ Amazon

Mother’s DayAverage Tier 4.26

The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.
Mother’s Day @ Amazon

PlaybackAverage Tier 2.33

When a group of high school students dig into their town’s infamous past they unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. Possessing its victims through video playback and using them for malevolent purposes, it closes in on one specific soul, threatening to expose the town’s deepest, darkest secret. (imdb)
Playback @ Amazon

DVD Report – May 1st

Madonna, Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah all feature in this week’s slate of new releases, though if the reviews of the Criticker community are any indication, all three divas should stick to music. And maybe Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the ensemble responsible for execrable New Year’s Eve should join them. They couldn’t possibly be any worse at singing than filmmaking. The only new DVD which gets any love at all is the latest from Steven Soderbergh. Even so, considering the director and a cast which includes Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender, Haywire’s average tier of 5.12 has to be considered a disappointment.

HaywireAverage Tier 5.12

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Haywire @ Amazon

New Year’s EveAverage Tier 2.94

The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve @ Amazon

W.E.Average Tier 4.00

A two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.
W.E. @ Amazon

Joyful NoiseAverage Tier 3.62

Two choir members have differing opinions on how to win the national choir competition.
Joyful Noise @ Amazon