The Quick Take for February 7, 2014

Streaming Picks

About Time, the romantic comedy that goes a little beyond just romance, is available On Demand this week (read our review here). For family night, Free Birds also came out this week (though check out our review for that one first). The classic Clint Eastwood Western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is now available to stream on Netflix. And if you're a Calvin and Hobbes fan, Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary on the beloved comic strip, is on Amazon Instant Video this week (read our review here).

Critics Roundup

Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, was released in theaters last Friday. When a single mother takes in a criminal on the run over Labor Day weekend, he wins her heart by cooking her chili and playing baseball with her son. And critics really hated it. Richard Corliss for Time calls Labor Day a "weird hostage love story." The A.V. Club says it is, for director Jason Reitman, "a major miscalculation." Christa Banister with Croswalk says the film "lacks everything that's made Reitman's past work so memorable." But to his credit, "he fully commits to this schlock . . . Labor Day makes forbidden love look as appealing as possible." (Read Banister's full review at Crosswalk.com.)

On Sunday, February 2, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away of an apparent heroin overdose. Colleagues are mourning the death of one of the most gifted actors of our time. Eric Kohn, for Indiewire, says of his acting, "He was so incredibly on the mark each time out it seemed as though he was invincible." But those who ran into him at different events and screenings in New York say, "He was just so human." A.O. Scott says Hoffman did ...

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