By Aaron Bogert | Indiewire February 24, 2012 at 11:45AM
This week's new releases include the long awaited second film from Joshua Marston "The Forgiveness of Blood"; the new David Wain comedy "Wanderlust"; Australian teen thriller "Tomorrow, When the War Began"; and for those looking for some authenticity in their action movies, there's "Act of Valor" (starring real life Navy SEALS!).
Check out the links below for reviews from the Indiewire network for this week's new releases:
"Act of Valor"
The Playlist: F
You can’t accurately 'review' “Act Of Valor” since it’s not a work of art. It’s not attempting to challenge any notions or ideas about your regular life: It’s propaganda.
Action movies aren't really meant to be realistic, and this one just proves why authenticity isn't necessarily a positive thing when it comes to entertainment.
"The Forgiveness of Blood" examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. At the same time, it retains the simplicity of a parable.
The Playlist: B+
‘Forgiveness’ has an extremely grounded feeling that you don’t generally get with dramas or thrillers -- most feel put together in a petri dish, either a concoction with overly familiar elements or a collection of histrionic moments assembled to easily stir audience members.
An honest, universal and surprisingly non-exoticizing work by an outsider filmmaker who respectfully overcomes the language barrier for a nuanced piece of global cinema.
"Tomorrow, When the War Began"
The Playlist: B
"Tomorrow, When the War Began" is a satisfying slice of young adult cinema, more engaging and enigmatic than the first three "Twilight" movies and able to produce an air of uniqueness in an overtly familiar, sci-fi-ish scenario.
Like every David Wain movie, "Wanderlust" contains the grain of a good idea that never reaches fruition.
The Playlist: B
Crowd-pleasing without being mundane, “Wanderlust” is a disposable riff on challenging the conventional notions of how we should live our lives, and the (sometimes) artificial escapes a lack of restrictions can release into them. And it's an enjoyable little riff at that.