The Quick Take for September 14, 2013

Prequels for Breaking Bad and Harry Potter, streaming picks, and more.
The Quick Take for September 14, 2013
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Robert De Niro and Dianna Agron in The Family

Streaming This Week

Last year's independent film Safety Not Guaranteed did not receive nearly enough attention. So if you're looking for a simple romance with a little profundity and deadpan humor, check it out on Netflix. For some fascinating (and inspiring) history set in New York City, watch Man On Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit's walk across a high wire between the Twin Towers. And families may enjoy J. J. Abrams' Super 8, a hopeful story that feels like a less abrasive mix of Sandlot and Indiana Jones.

Critics Roundup

Critics aren't raving about The Family, whose target audience seems to be everyone but actual families. The New York Times' Stephen Holden says it "might be described as screwball noir." Thanks to abrupt tonal shifts and abandoned subplots, Holden finds that only the "hot performances" of De Niro and Pfeiffer salvage the film. But other critics found nothing at all; USAToday's Claudia Puig called it "bland and bloody," saying "the film might have included funnier culture clashes, but instead, it goes for obvious gags and running jokes that fall flat."

The marriage of violence and horror in Blue Caprice, a film about the lead-up to the 2002 shootings in Washington D.C., garnered praise from critics. Director Alexandre Moors, according to Keith Phipps of The Dissolve, is not as concerned with what happened as much as how, as the story unfolds in a way that "finds no clear answers, but that suits both the horrific event and this haunting, elusive film."

Movie News

Prequels are hot in Hollywood.

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is teaming up with Warner Bros. for a new film franchise set in the Potter universe. ...

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