The Weekender: ‘End’ it all


Man of Steel (PG-13)
Starring Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams
Screen story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by David S. Goyer
Directed by Zack Snyder
Is this the Superman we all deserve? Or another failed attempt to bring a comic book to life from Zack Snyder? That’s the weight the director of 300 and Watchmen has on his shoulders. I learned after Superman Returns that bringing together a great crew does not necessarily make for a great film. Consider me cautiously optimistic.

This is the End* (R)
Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill
Screen story and screenplay by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
I give a marginal recommendation to this funny but uneven apocalyptic comedy. Read my review at College Movie Review here.

Top Pick

The Newsroom (Season 1)
The Newsroom
(Season 1)
Despite what the haters said, this was one of the best series of 2012, anchored by a terrific performance from Jeff Daniels. Sorkin’s dialogue still pops and the show’s take on real-life events adds gravity to a show that can occasionally get silly. A must-own if you don’t have HBO Go.

To rent:
11 Flowers (92%)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (14%)
Knife Fight (28%)
Oz the Great and Powerful (60%)
Save the Date (44%)
Snitch (58%)
The Taste of Money (22%)
Wrong (70%)

To buy (click the link to watch on Netflix):
TV: Becker (Season 5), Betty & Coretta, Burn Notice (Season 6), Fairly Legal (Season 2), House of Cards (Season 1)*, Killing Lincoln, Major Crimes (Season 1), Necessary Roughness (Season 2), Rizzoli & Isles (Season 3)

Blu-ray: Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove*, How to Survive a Plague, Lilo & Stitch, The Manson Family, Rendition, Running Scared (2006)

Criterion: Wild Strawberries [Blu-ray]

(Release dates and locations subject to change.)

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