By Max O'Connell | Criticwire August 15, 2014 at 2:37PM
This week in new streaming titles brings the latest adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic, a sex addiction comedy, and Bollywood's answer to "The Fast & the Furious." Starting today, Netflix subscribers can check out Mike Newell's version of "Great Expectations," starring Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse"), Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. Those looking for something pulpier, on the other hand, can stream the first six seasons of "Criminal Minds" and watch Mandy Patinkin and company hunt down violent criminals.
Tomorrow brings "Dead Silence," the second film of James Wan, who's had a bit of a critical reevaluation in the wake of his 2013 hit "The Conjuring." Neither Wan nor screenwriter Leigh Whannell were happy with their killer ventriloquist dummy movie, citing studio interference on a project that they weren't too thrilled about in the first place, but maybe it deserves another look.
Sunday brings the Netflix premiere of "Thanks for Sharing," which stars Mark Ruffalo as a sex addict who hides his problem and 12-step program involvement after he meets a woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who, after previously dating an alcoholic, says that she'll never date an addict again. The film received mixed reviews, but it might be worth a look for those who found "Shame's" handling of the subject matter too self-serious, or those interested in checking out a rare acting role from pop singer Pink (credited by real name Alecia Moore), whose work was praised.
Finally, Monday and Tuesday bring a couple of curiosities. The first is "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," the El Rey Network's adaptation of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 film (Rodriguez developed and produced the show and is the founder of El Rey). Casting ranges from "that makes sense" (Robert Patrick, Don Johnson) to "huh?" (Wilmer Valderrama). Tuesday, meanwhile, sees the Netflix debut of "Dhoom 3," the Bollywood equivalent to "The Fast & the Furious." So if you've ever wanted slick musical numbers alongside all of your action scenes, Tuesday's your lucky day.
Drew Taylor, The Playlist
There is much to admire in Newell's "Great Expectations." In particular, his depiction of We've always thought that the heart of "Great Expectations" lies not in the relationship between Estella and Pip but in the relationship between Pip and Joe, and this really brings that to the forefront. Flemyng, a perpetually underrated British character actor, does a bang-up job making Joe a fully fleshed-out character and his relationship with Pip one that is deeply heartfelt and sincere. And it goes without saying that Helena Bonham Carter, as a kind of Gothic tableau cocooned in her wedding dress, is superb. When Newell decides to emphasize the tale's inherent spookiness, she becomes the movie's centerpiece, and it's nothing short of haunting.
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
The ironic counterpoint of Mike being a mensch to strangers and a jerk to his own kid is delivered with bludgeoning force, and not even Ruffalo and Paltrow's chemistry can make the Adam-Phoebe plot feel new. Substitute his sex addiction for, say, alcohol or cocaine, and it's a tale that's been told countless times. Read more.
Danny Bowes, RogerEbert.com
"Dhoom 3" has—by far—the best action set pieces of the series. All the films borrow (to be generous) liberally from other movies, and "Dhoom 3" picks some nifty sources, with everything from "The Blues Brothers" cop-car pile-ups to Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" showing up for a salute, though the three main motorcycle set pieces are mounted with sufficient skill as to render them beyond complaints of stealing. Read more.