By Forrest Cardamenis | Criticwire May 1, 2013 at 10:20AM
It's a solid lineup of home video releases this week that includes one of the most beloved films of the 2012 Awards Season. The other titles also use serious social issues as a starting point -- despite their various genres, all of these movies are strangely unified.
That beloved film is none other than "Silver Linings Playbook," although it received some harsh dismissals amidst its otherwise stellar reviews.
"When a filmmaker achieves cinematic immersion this total, we are bound to love the experience, for we see ourselves and our own complex feelings on screen, feelings so raw and genuine that they blur the line between comedy and drama, reflecting instead our specific realities in all their infinite intricacies." -- Jonathan Lack, We Got This Covered
"Russell builds his film around faux-redemption, with an impossibly flimsy narrative littered with unconvincing plot devices, gratuitously over-the-top banter and a screenplay that strives for the most banal dialogue whenever it tries to take itself seriously." -- Peter Labuza, In Review Online:
David Chase's ("The Sopranos") under-seen feature film debut arrives hits the market this week, giving you another chance to watch it.
"Throughout, 'Not Fade Away' walks a fine line between a familiar genre item and a personal meditation about the crucial phase from boyhood to adulthood. Ultimately, though, the movie impresses in its large number of personal and idiosyncratic touches, thematically, stylistically, and more than anything else, musically." -- Emanuel Levy, emanuellevy.com
The star-studded "Broken City" doesn't quite live up to its big names.
"If you've seen a story, on a big screen or a small one, about a corrupt politician and the person he or she sets up, you'll find 'Broken City' neither fascinating nor surprising. It's just superfluous...'Broken City' misses a chance to ask tough questions." -- Matt Pais, RedEye
For the more politically inclined, "The Revisionaries" takes a look at a Texas schoolboard revising textbook standards.
"There aren't as many easy answers as you'd think, no matter where you line up, and 'The Revisionaries' must be commended and applauded for being not only thought-provoking but fair. And infuriating, at least for this viewer. It would be dishonest to claim that your own politics won't enter into the issues at hand, and it is probably too much to hope that it will change any minds. But these are important issues, and this is an engrossing, well-crafted documentary." -- Jason Bailey, DVD Talk