The Weekender: ‘Sherman’ March

Movie of the Week

Mr. Peabody & Sherman*
Starring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
Screenplay by Craig Wright
Directed by Rob Minkoff
It’s certainly not in the upper echelon of animated films, but it’s refreshing to see a movie this unabashedly corny. It’s sentimental and loves puns, but it’s also committed to being as goofy as possible. That’s fitting since it originally began during Rocky & Friends. Ty Burrell is a little disappointing, considering we once could have had Robert Downey, Jr. playing the world’s smartest dog, but Max Charles does great work as young Sherman.

Also opening:
300: Rise of an Empire

After Tiller – Texas Theatre
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – The Magnolia
Visitors – Angelika Dallas

Blu-ray Pick

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave (96%)
While there are plenty of worthy releases out this week, including the year’s biggest and best blockbuster (Catching Fire), there’s no reason you should keep putting off what the Academy deemed the year’s Best Picture. It’s often grueling to watch, but every aspect of the film – from the acting to the production design to the cinematography – is of an extremely high caliber. However, this is not a cathartic experience. In fact, Steve McQueen’s direction makes the film somewhat emotionally detached. Your mileage may vary.

New Releases
Cold Comes the Night (43%)
The Grandmaster (75%)
Hours (61%)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire* (89%)
The Last Days on Mars (19%)
Oldboy (44%)

The Venture Bros (Season 5)

New to Blu-ray
An American Tail*
Big Fat Liar*
Boiler Room
Far and Away
Fried Green Tomatoes*
Garden State*
Hairspray (1988)*
Harry and the Hendersons*
Johnson Family Vacation
A Simple Wish
Somewhere in Time
The Visitor (1979)


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