Streaming This Week
If you're a fan of Shakespearean dramas, check out the latest revamp of Romeo & Juliet. The film starring Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick and Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld was released on Netflix this week.
If your kids loved Pixar's Cars and Cars 2, check out Disney's spin-off Planes, free on Amazon Prime.
In case you missed the History channel's The Bible, all ten episodes of the mini series are now streaming on Netflix.
If you're a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, his 1999 classic October Sky is now available on Hulu Plus.
Netflix recently released the second season of their original series Orange is the New Black. "Come for the comedy," says the New York Times' Mike Hale, "and you can also fall for the sentimental back stories and the sheen of relevance provided by the large ensemble of working-class, minority, lesbian and transgender characters." Although Hale goes on to praise the writing, content, and cast of the show, PluggedIn's Paul Asay believes the content is far too crude. Asay warns, "While the Netflix show is sharply written, populated by multidimensional characters and ultimately has some nice things to say about friendship, acceptance and forgiveness, families will want to send it to jail after watching only a few minutes."
Crosswalk's Christian Hamaker recently reviewed Seth MacFarlane's Western parody A Million Ways to Die in the West. Although it's a comedy, Hamaker believes the R-rated humor is cheap and far too raunchy. He even goes so far as to say, "Mel Brooks has nothing to worry about: Blazing Saddles remains the gold standard for awkwardly funny Western parodies." Despite ...1