Streaming This Week
Looking for something to watch this weekend? The controversial documentary Salinger, which looks at the enigmatic author of Catcher in the Rye, is now available on Netflix. If you're looking to keep up with your superheroes, the popular first season of Arrow is also streaming. There's also a slow-paced adaption of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath—and for kids (and families), the hilarious animated film The Emperor's New Groove.
Captain Phillips is no sinking ship for critics (and our critic Brett McCracken loved it). Directed by Paul Greengrass of the Bourne movies and United 93, the story is based on real events in 2009, when four pirate Somalis hijacked a cargo ship. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said it was filled with kinetic action and intelligence: "The humanization hits you like a jolt . . . There is, you realize, meaning here beyond the plot." Critics were struck by this sense of deeper meaning behind the action and by Tom Hanks' character. Richard Corliss at TIME Entertainment declared that "Richard Phillips' calm, tough demeanor and the flinty resolve he displayed in protecting his crew make him a good fit for Hanks, who in many films has played the competent, ordinary guy whom dire circumstances force into extraordinary valor."
A different kind of horror film, Escape From Tomorrow is a modern psychological horror set in Disney World. The film used plenty of actual footage shot secretly for an extended time before the film's premiere. "This isn't some generic middle-class nightmare. It's disturbingly specific," said Noel Murray at The Dissolve. The film delves into the mind of a recently ...1
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