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Archive for February, 2012

DVD Report – February 27th

The top film new to DVD this week is Hugo, one of 2011’s favorites among Criticker users, and the winner of five Oscars this past weekend, including the awards for cinematography and visual effects. Shockingly, Rowan Atkinson’s latest Johnny English film was completely snubbed! But you can judge its merits for yourself this week.

Criticker Pick!
HugoAverage Tier 7.31

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
Hugo @ Amazon

Johnny English RebornAverage Tier 3.36

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.
Johnny English Reborn @ Amazon

I Melt with YouAverage Tier 4.38

When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control.
I Melt with You @ Amazon

Beneath the DarknessAverage Tier 3.33

After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.
Beneath the Darkness @ Amazon

DVD Report – February 21st

Of all the films new to DVD this week, the most frequently-seen by Criticker users wasn’t one of the mediocre films which did decent box office, such as Puss in Boots, J. Edgar, or Tower Heist. No, instead more users went to the excellent Martha Marcy May Marlene directed and written by debut filmmaker Sean Durkin. Check out this atmospheric, paranoid thriller about a woman who decides to leave a cult if you haven’t already.

Martha Marcy May MarleneAverage Tier 6.91

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Martha Marcy May Marlene @ Amazon

Puss in BootsAverage Tier 4.63

A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.
Puss in Boots @ Amazon

London BoulevardAverage Tier 4.13

“London Boulevard” is the story of a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.
London Boulevard @ Amazon

J. EdgarAverage Tier 4.64

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
J. Edgar @ Amazon

Tower HeistAverage Tier 4.01

When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Tower Heist @ Amazon

At Long Last… Import Your IMDb Ratings

If only we had finished this new feature up, before welcoming so many new members from the great Lifehacker article, which put Criticker on its list of top movie recommendation sites!

A resource to automatically upload ratings has been long clamored for by the Critcker community, and we’ve finally had a chance to work on it. Now, using this tool, you can easily and quickly transfer your ratings from IMDb to Criticker. The tool keeps tiers intact — a rating of “8” on IMDb will translate to a “Tier 8” ranking on Criticker. So, if your tier 8 ranges from 70-75, the tool would store the ranking as “73”.

Importing will also create a special collection of all the ratings imported, so that you can easily tweak and batch edit the scores as you see fit. If you’ve already ranked a film at Criticker, the import ignores it.

Cool? We’re going to be expanding this tool, so that Criticker can import ratings from other websites. Let us know in the comments which you’d like to see!

DVD Report – February 14th

Jeff Nichol’s creeping, ominous Take Shelter wasn’t a huge hit at the box office, but absolutely wowed Criticker users last year, and ended at spot #3 on our year-end countdown. Not bad for a low-budget indie, and since you probably didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters, seek it out now that it’s on DVD.

The Rum DiaryAverage Tier 4.43

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.
The Rum Diary @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!
Take ShelterAverage Tier 8.02

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Take Shelter @ Amazon

Tiny FurnitureAverage Tier 5.05

About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.
Tiny Furniture @ Amazon

Re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart (Marie Féret), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right.
Mozart’s Sister @ Amazon

Ricardo (Jorge Salinas) is a successful ad man living happily with his beautiful wife, Blanca (Silvia Navarro). However, the strength of their love is put to the test as the couple faces a sudden crisis in their relationship when Ricardo develops an embarrassing little problem: erectile dysfunction. (coveringmedia.com)
Labios rojos @ Amazon

DVD Report – February 7th

James Marsh wowed Criticker users with his 2008 documentary Man on Wire, about tightrope walker Philippe Petit. His new documentary likewise earns solid praise, though with some complaints. Project Nim tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee raised as a human as part of a radical experiment done in the 1970s. Most Criticker users appreciated the touching story of the chimp, though some took issue with the documentary’s lack of interest in the actual science behind the project. Anyway, it’s the best new DVD of the week by far, and deserves a watch.

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The @ Amazon

Fireflies in the GardenAverage Tier 5.19

The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Fireflies in the Garden @ Amazon

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.
Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, A @ Amazon

AnonymousAverage Tier 3.87

A political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare– Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford– set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her. (imdb)
Anonymous @ Amazon

Project NimAverage Tier 6.71

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee, following his extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way. In the 1970s, Nim became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Project Nim @ Amazon