Blue Jasmine, for which Cate Blanchett has been nominated for an Oscar, explores the problem of pride and is now available on demand and Amazon Instant Play (read our review here). If you're in the mood for a classic, the 1950 award-winning film noir Sunset Boulevard is on Netflix. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan scandal, and ESPN has released a 30 by 30 documentary: The Price of Gold. This new look at the controversy is available on Netflix. And for something completely different, season 9 of SpongeBob SquarePants is on Hulu Plus.
The fatalist film Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, was released in theaters today. It follows two young men selected to be suicide bombers. A.O. Scott says Abu-Assad "juxtaposes the routines of everyday life in the West Bank with the brutal facts of Israeli occupation and the resistance to it." (Read his full review for the The New York Timeshere.) Ben Kenigsberg for The A.V. Club writes that (ambiguous) protagonist Adam Bakri "conveys a palpable sense of anxiety as his character navigates a course that affords him few real options, yet dooms him no matter what he does." Jordan Hoffman for The Dissolve calls Omar "a small-scale drama about a hard-to-pin-down individual in an intractable battle far greater than he is."
In Secret may have been a scandalous story in 1867 when it was first published as Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, but as a film, it's lost its shock factor. "Therese Raquin," writes Manohla Dargis for The New York Times, "can approach its initial power only if the telling of the tale convulses with the same lunatic intensity ...1
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