The Weekender: ‘St.’ and Sinner

Movie of the Week

St. Vincent*
It’s sitcom-y, but there’s still plenty of heart. Bill Murray and the rest of the cast save it from its overblown script. Read my review at Central Track.

The Best of Me
The Book of Life

Art and Craft – Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano
Young Ones – Texas Theatre

Blu-ray Pick

History may disagree, but this year I found Fargo to be a much more satisfying crime miniseries than the flashier True Detective. Martin Freeman is absolutely brilliant as the nebbish Lester, who transforms into a cold-blooded criminal. He’s just as good as Billy Bob Thornton, giving his best performance in years as the chilling con man/hit man Lorne Malvo. In some ways, it’s Breaking Bad in the frozen tundra, but it still pays homage to the Coen Brothers’ film without feeling like a rip-off. And let’s not forget the great performances from Key & Peele, Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt, Colin Hanks and the incomparable, lovely Alison Tolman.

New Releases
Chinese Puzzle (75%)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman* (79%)
Mystery Road (91%)
Persecuted (0%)
Venus in Fur (92%)
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (77%)
Witching & Bitching (83%)
X-Men: Days of Future Past* (91%)

2 Broke Girls (Season 3)
Dracula (Season 1)
The Honorable Woman
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
Penny Dreadful (Season 1)
Two and a Half Men (Season 11)

New to Blu-ray
Cauldron of Blood
The China Syndrome
Desperately Seeking Susan*
Dragonfly Squadron
Guilty of Romance
Last Embrace
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Married to the Mob
My Darling Clementine [The Criterion Collection]
Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection*
Vanilla Sky*


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