April 24, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-ray: Contraband and The Innkeepers
This is, quite possibly, one of the thinnest weeks for DVD releases that we've ever seen. If TV miniseries are your thing, you may want to check out the 2011 British retelling of the story of the Titanic or the 1979 television version of John le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There are also a couple of poorly rated horror flicks (11-11-11 and The Wicker Tree) and a couple of new Criterions (Mario Monicelli's The Organizer and a collection of Hollis Frampton films). But this week, our attention will be limited to the new Mark Wahlberg actioner, Ti West's haunted house story, a powerful coming-of-age drama that flew under the radar, and a Japanese cult classic on Blu-Ray. Click through for the full list!
January 12, 2012
Critics Consensus: Contraband (Sort Of) Delivers
This week at the movies, we've got a reluctant smuggler (Contraband, starring Mark Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale), a musical showdown (Joyful Noise, starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton), and a Disney classic (Beauty and the Beast In 3D, with voice work from Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson). What do the critics have to say about this week's cinematic offerings? Mark Wahlberg made a big score in The Italian Job; now he's trying to pull off another caper with Contraband, and while the critics find it to be a competent heist thriller, they also say its plot is both convoluted and recycled.