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The 5 Best DVD and VOD Releases of September.

By Jodi Clager | DVD Releases | September 30, 2013 | Comments ()


Now You See Me: “However, if you’re willing to overlook the fact that the magic is not the point, but the diversion, then Now You See Me becomes an impossibly absurd — and impossibly fun — caper film that whizzes by with such breakneck speed that you’re also willing to overlook the faulty logic and the innumerable red herrings just as you’re willing to overlook the fact that there is a 28 mile runway in Fast and Furious 6.”

Star Trek Into Darkness: “Star Trek Into Darkness is both a fantastic space action film, and an excellent Star Trek film. The two are not necessarily coterminous, and they could easily be mutually exclusive. There are battles, a mystery to be unravelled, Benedict Cumberbatch utterly nailing the role of both villain and sympathetic foil to Kirk, a scattering of comic relief, and repeated call backs to the previous films of the franchise. And those call backs work most deeply because they are not simply references but partial reconstructions of scenes such that the new and old resonate like tines of a tuning fork.”

The Bling Ring: “Sofia Coppola’s latest film is based on real events that were chronicled in a Vanity Fair story, and like classical reportage, it doesn’t bury the lede. We’re told up front that the characters who perpetrate crimes we haven’t seen yet will be caught. This isn’t a movie about crime and punishment, and it’s not even really one about celebrity culture. It’s about growing up bored and moneyed, and about not knowing what else to do with yourself. The movie doesn’t break any kind of ground here, but then, that’s kind of the whole point. Kids have always been disaffected; these characters just go slightly beyond the typical levels of illegal behavior as a way to feel older and more important. They’re not immoral, acting against an understood code; they’re amoral, floating outside the rules and trying on scarves. You aren’t supposed to like or pity them, and indeed, you won’t.”

The East: “As a thriller, the film entertains, but is a slightly-disappointingly straightforward story of an agent embedding in an enemy and trying to take them down and prevent tragedy while struggling with the fact that she likes the individuals and maybe even agrees with their overall ideology. The plot here is intriguing enough, yet there is something cold and detached about it, which fails to rope the viewer in to the same extent that a perfect thriller does. But the film succeeds because Marling and Batmanglij elevate the film above a rote by-the-numbers exercise, making it a real character study and digging in to Sarah’s burgeoning relationship with the members of The East. Your typical thriller of this ilk gives you maybe one scene of true character bonding to show the sympathies being developed by the secret agent, whereas The East spends the better part of the film on this. In this way, it is very much a companion piece to Sound of My Voice, which danced around the edges of what the cult was all about, as it was much more interested in its main characters’ belief system and how their beliefs were challenged by what the Sound cult believed.”

Iron Man 3: “The plot is at times a bit bewildering, and there’s little-to-no explanation as to how the Extremis program creates such amazing and dangerous super soldiers other than some gobbledygook about unlocking the brain’s potential, and often it’s a bit frustrating that a two+ hours film about Iron Man seems to have, quite frankly, not enough Iron Man. Yet all of that is forgivable — especially after the balls-out bonkers finale and the sheer enthusiasm that is clearly imprinted all over the it — and unlikely to affect the overall enjoyment you’ll get out of the film.”

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  • Jiffylush

    I see people complaining about Star Trek by saying it isn't as good as Iron Man 3.

    This seems like someone trying to insult me by saying I am not as attractive as Alexander SkarsgÄrd.

    I am saying I could be a very good looking man anyway. IE Star Trek Into Darkness was a very good movie, just not as good as what is possibly the best movie of the year.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I love your comment.

  • Jiffylush

    I did not like The East. I knew nothing about it going in so I didn't have any expectations, realistic or otherwise. Considering the great cast (imho) and the lack of marketing the film got I guess I should have guessed how good it was.

    The acting was fine but the characters were very one dimensional. It was a bunch of bitter rich kids trying to get even with their parents or society or big pharma or who cares. The fact that they are all supposedly fighting for the greater good or justice but don't really care that they sent a new member to get raped as a diversion (she escaped) makes the whole story ring hollow. I will say that I liked the revenge that the "doctor" was to take against the party goers. The other one was just Erin Brokovitch with a bath, overly dramatized and lacking any emotional depth.

    When the movie was over it left no impression on me, it was the most forgettable movie of the year. So forgettable that when it was mentioned and described here I didn't recognize it and had to go to imdb.

    If you think a boring hollywood fantasy about the occupy wall street movement mixed in with a hippy commune in the woods pretending to be terrorists sounds like it makes a good movie then you deserve to waste the time it takes to watch it.

    No I don't care what the double-agent was doing at the end, still not interesting, still not worth the time it takes to watch it.

  • cruzzercruz

    Iron Man 3 > Star Trek Into Darkness

  • mslewis

    I recently watched Bling and Into Darkness from Netflix and was totally bored by both of them. I mean, I was so bored I played bingo on my Kindle while watching. They were both awful. Iron Man, on the other hand was just plain FUN. Don't know what East is but will get Now You See Me from Netflix soon and I think I'll like it.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I recently watched both Into The Darkness and Iron Man 3 on flights. I haven't seen either since they were in the theaters. Gotta say, and forgive me all Cumberwhateveryou'recallednow, but Cumberbatch's performance doesn't really hold when it's not screened on a large scale. He has a shitton of mannerisms I haven't noticed before, and I normally enjoy him as an actor. Quinto wins this round again, he is just as heartwrenching and sassy as I remembered his Spock being.

    Iron Man 3, on the other hand, was even more hilarious the second time. (but that necklace he gives Pepper is fuuuuugly)

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