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Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Netflixing
December 18, 2012 | 11:00AM

Ok, you guys–since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every Tuesday we’re going to do a little “what’s getting released on DVD/on demand/Netflix this week” round up for you, with nice little excerpts of our past reviews and more. You’ll love it. Trust us. Now–all you need is someone to watch these movies with.

OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • Total Recallhere’s what we said in our original review:
    “There’s nothing wrong with the Total Recall remake that couldn’t be fixed with a better script, less overthought cinematography, better fight choreography, smarter exposition, a smaller CGI budget, the knowledge that movies aren’t supposed to look and feel like videogame cutscenes, and… OK, there’s a lot wrong with the Total Recall remake. It comes so close to being a fun summer action flick that when it doesn’t quite get there, when it falls on its face repeatedly like an Olympic gymnast in a cruel .gif, it’s tougher to forgive than an outright terrible movie.”
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OUT THIS WEEK & (MOSTLY) RECOMMENDED:

  • Premium Rushhere’s what we said in our original review:
    “The rules of urban cycling can be a divisive topic. I err on the side of caution, obeying traffic laws whenever a car is less than one hundred feet away. Other bikers, ones who are more comfortable on the road, feel more justified when they take liberties with the rules. Going into Premium Rush, I was curious how it would deal with a hero who feels justified to run red lights routinely. It turns out the answer is simple: even when Wilee has no one chasing him, Koepp films his hero with an unwavering sense of urgency. Through Koepp’s confident direction, we understand how it must feel to be a bike messenger, and how everyone who gets in their way is an asshole.”
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  • Arbitragehere’s what we said in our original review and interview with Nicholas Jarecki, its director:
    “It unfolds like a high-stakes thriller, and underneath its slick sheen, there is a cynical message about how business elites are untouchable. With terrific performances, including Tim Roth as a cop and Nate Parker as Robert’s accomplice Jimmy, Arbitrage uses a formula to get us thinking bigger questions.”
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OUT RECENTLY AND DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME:

  • Sleepwalk with Me - here’s what we said in our original review (I personally loved it)…
    “To its credit, the film ends as it must. But it feels less like a work of art than a common story told with a good amount of technical adroitness. The point it does have to make at the end is both banal in its truth-telling and a little dishonest in its ease. In a way, the film uses the youth of its characters to escape some of the harder questions about what relationships mean and when they should end. But there’s value here as well. If Ira Glass ever produces another film, I’ll be happy to watch it.”
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INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:

  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011) - Like adventure? Like Indiana Jones? Like French? This movie speaks a lot to me personally because I grew up reading (English translation of) Hergé’s comics and watching “The Adventures of Tintin,” the cartoon adaptation, in the early ’90s. Was it everything I hoped it would be? Completely. It was more of an Indiana Jones-esque adventure film than the fourth Indiana Jones. (Not that that’s really saying anything. Zing.)
    Here’s what we said in our original review:
    “Originally a set of Belgian comic books, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson seemed destined to commit The Adventures of Tintin to film; the series is chocked with swashbuckling adventures that play to their fantastical strengths. Spielberg and Jackson exercise familiar muscle, telling a visually rich tale rife with tense action sequences, mystery, and awestruck discovery. Although the story could use a little more heart, Tintin’s adrenaline pulses and dazzling 3D technology are enough to produce a confetti of thrills.”
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  • The Adventures of Tintin (1991-1992) – Aforementioned cartoon adaptation is ALSO on Instant Watch. Nostalgia/adventure ahoy.
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