There are lots of news releases on home video this week, so it’s a good thing we have the Criticwire Network to help figure out what to watch. The sampling below offers recognizable and acclaimed titles that might be a good place to start. As always, click on any film title to see more reviews and grades and click on the name of any critic to see more from that critic.
“’The Kid With A Bike’ has the classic Dardenne Brothers plot. Like those other famous brothers, the Grimms, the Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne put their hearts and souls into the telling of tales about children in bad situations. The horrors of childhood are taken very seriously and there is nothing cliché or sentimental in their special neorealist approach to illuminate the human condition.” — Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye For Film
“Everything is in its proper place – the exotic locals, the beautiful women, the flashy cars, the quotable one liners, the extravagant action set pieces, the wonderfully charismatic villains – but what makes the film so bloody brilliant is how it tips its hat to 007′s heritage while acknowledging that much of what made Bond popular in the first place is now an archaic framework that could stand to be burned down and built from the ground up.” — Jordan M. Smith, IonCinema
“’The Sessions’ isn’t really about sex at all. It is about two people who can be of comfort to each other, and about the kindness that forms between them. This film rebukes and corrects countless brainless and cheap sex scenes in other movies. It’s a reminder that we must be kind to one another.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“For a first-time director, Stephen Chbosky doesn’t make any false moves, nor does he try to inject style where it’s not required. Nevertheless, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ may well be a movie best appreciated if you’ve read the book, making its power as a standalone entity questionable.” — Josh Spiegel, Sound On Sight
“Whatever makes kids behave like this isn’t going to be solved by a movie. But if the victims of bullying, and their parents, become more aware of the dangers of such frail psyches under great pressure, then one hopes the heartbreak was not in vain.” — Pat Padua, DCist