"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
After a couple weeks of really great home video releases, I guess the market was overdue for a less exciting week. There's
a few recognizable names here, including an Oscar nominee and another title that everyone thought
would be an Oscar nominee, but nothing that went over especially well with critics. It's certainly not on par with last week's lineup of "Holy Motors," "The Master," "How To Survive A Plague," and more. Nonetheless, here's this week's batch of notable home video titles:
Criticwire Average: B (38 ratings)
"'Wreck-It Ralph' is consistently inventive, displaying a sturdy
story structure that makes it more than just a simplistic romp for the
Gen-X crowd." -- Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing"The Intouchables"Criticwire Average: B (32 ratings)"This is entertainment, not real life, and the script is terribly
patronizing, but Sy and François Cluzet have such genuine chemistry that
racial dynamics take the back burner to a credible and affecting buddy
-- Pat Padua, DCist"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"Criticwire Average: C (26 ratings)"This one comes the closest to being accessible to non-fans...there seem to be, for the first time in the series, legitimate stakes,
but again 'Breaking Dawn – Part 2' suffers from a bloated midsection and
a surplus of characters who pop up because they were in the books but
end up doing nothing."
-- Corey Craft
, Tuscaloosa News"The Bay"
Criticwire Average: B- (31 ratings)
"Barry Levinson ('Good Morning Vietnam') brings a much needed dose of legitimacy to a generally dismissible found footage sub-genre with 'The Bay,' a horror film that’s as credibly constructed as it is incredibly scary."
-- Tom Clift, Moviedex"Collaborator"Criticwire Average: B- (11 ratings)"As a filmmaker, Donovan highlights the vast cultural and philosophical
differences between these two characters through conversations that only
occasionally sound schematic. As an actor, though, he gives a
performance so relaxed—so absurdly nonchalant—that it zaps the scenario
of any urgency."
-- A.A. Dowd
, Time Out Chicago