It can be hard to keep up with what's going on in the world of movies and television. We're here to help out.
Each week, in the CT Movies Quick Take, we'll check up on how the critics are responding to a couple recent releases, update you on the biggest movie news, and suggest a few picks to stream at home on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. One quick read, and you'll be caught up for the week.
Streaming This Weekend
Amazon just added The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) and Only God Forgives (2013) to their lineup. (See our review of Placehere.) But if you've had enough of Ryan Gosling, we also recommend Arcadia (2012). Winner of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story that follows the road trip a dad and his kids make together as he moves his family across the country to California. Arcadia is also available for streaming on Amazon.
The verdict is in: critics hate R.I.P.D. Everyone was hoping for some kind of Men in Black magic, but the movies are so dissimilar in execution that it makes their similarity in storyline downright offensive. The film currently has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has received scathing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and RogerEbert.com, just to name a few. The consensus is that Ryan Reynolds just isn't all that interesting, and poor Jeff Bridges is trying to play "an undead Rooster Cogburn from True Grit" (says Steven Boone for RogerEbert.com) that the filmmakers think should be hilarious. It isn't.
The new Netflix television show Orange is the New Black has been widely reviewed since its recent debut, and is enjoying generally positive feedback. The show, created by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, is ...