Week of April 18th 2013
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY (2014) CoD,CoW: Geoff Moore & David Posamentier. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda. In Waterford CT, a nebbishy druggist gets involved with a pill-popping blonde bombshell, both miserable in their marriages. What to do, what to do? What do you think? Able cast, particularly Fonda as “Herself,” sort of. [R]
BLACK NATIVITY (2013) 93M. D: Kasi Lemmons. Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones (aka Nas), Jennifer Hudson. A Baltimore teen visits relatives in NYC, in what leads to an urban retelling of the Christmas Story set to gospel music. Based on Langston Hughes’ 1961 Broadway play. [PG]
THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) 125min. D: Edward Dmytryk. Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray. From the Pulitzer novel and subsequent play by Herman Wouk.
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (2014) 90min. D: Deborah Chow. Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn. V.C. Andrews’ 1979 gothic tale of a selfish mother, a mean granny, a locked room full of growing kids, and then some. Much much more faithful and satisfying than the sanitized 1987 movie with Kristy Swanson and Louise Fletcher.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2013-GB) 128min. D: Mike Newell. Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger. Lush new version of the Charles Dickens classic. [PG-13]
I AM DIVINE (2014) 90min. D: Jeffrey Schwartz. Documentary about Baltimore native Harris Glenn Milstead, who—as Divine—was director John Walters’ muse and the star of his infamous PINK FLAMINGOS (1972). Interviewees: Waters, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter (co-star in LUST IN THE DUST, shot in NorNewMex), Mink Stole et al. [NR]
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (2004) 60min. D: James Franco. James Franco. The peripatetic Franco’s extrapolation of the forever-lost missing 40min. of CRUISING (1981).
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (2013-GB) 11min. D: Ralph Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander. Gidget-and-geezer love story about author Charles Dickens and a very young but hauned girl. [R]
THE NUT JOB (2014) 85m. D: Peter Lepiniotis. Family animated feature about squirrels and bank robbers. Voices: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Jeff Dunham. [PG]
PHILOMENA (2013-GB) 98min. D: Stephen Frears. Judi Dench, Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote). For reasons of his own, a journalist helps a woman find out what happened to the child she was forced to give up decades before. Nominated for 4 Oscars. [PG-13
THE PIRATE FAIRY (’14) 78min. Really, Tinker Bell could kick Barbie’s ass.
RIDE ALONG (2014) 99min. D: Tim Story. Ice Cube, Kevin Hart. Buddy comedy about a school security guard who’s engaged to a cop’s sister, and has to prove himself to his prospective in-law and to himself. [PG-13]
ROTHKO’S ROOMS (2000) 60min. D: David Thompson. Insightful documentary on the great, and unique, artist Mark Rothko (1903-70). Among the interviews are his two grown children.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) 114min. D: Ben Stiller. Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig. The classic James Thurber story of a daydreamer, here made large. [PG]
TO PARIS WITH LOVE (1954-GB-Fr) 74min. D: Robert Hamer. Alec Guinness. A sly Guinness is a wealthy Scots widower whose matchmaker son accompanies him across the Channel to romance. Delightful and grown-up look at love European style, with a mint green Rolls to die for.
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
THE NUT JOB
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
ARCHER Season 3 (2011-12/Cartoon Network) Season 3, 13 episodes, 2 discs, each with special features.
BROADCHURCH (2013/PBS) David Tennant, Olivia Colman. Season 1, 8 episodes, 3 discs.
ORPHAN BLACK (2013/BBC America) Season 1, 10 episodes, 3 discs.
RECTIFY (2013/Sundance Channel) From the producers of BREAKING BAD. Season 1, 6 episodes, 2 discs.
RIPPER STREET (2013/BBC America) Season 2, 9 episodes, 3 discs.