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Since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every week we 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.

OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • The Imitation Game. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    The moment when The Imitation Game reveals itself as a typical middlebrow mediocrity is not the moment when one tragic child tells another tragic child that, “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things no one can imagine.” The moment is when, at precisely the time dictated by a screenwriting manual and with all the soul of The Imitation Game’s clunky code-breaking machine, that same tragic child, now a tragic adult, repeats that line to another adult.

OUT THIS WEEK & WORTH YOUR TIME:

  • Interstellar. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    Nolan clearly intends Interstellar as a love letter to the exploratory spirit of the space program, and it isn’t long before NASA’s Professor Brand (Michael Caine) recruits Cooper for a mission to literally save the world: they’ve discovered a wormhole near Saturn, which will allow Cooper, Brand’s daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi) to travel to new solar systems and find humanity a new home. Nolan shoots his space exteriors either in super wideshot or from cameras attached to the vehicles; i.e. the kind of shots you’d actually get if filming in space. It’s a neat choice that, along with the silent sound design during the space exteriors, lends an air of respect and authenticity.

INSTANT VIEWING OF THE WEEK:

  • Bethlehem. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    Bethlehem is the latest low-tech spy thriller that conflates acts of terrorism with a series of personal betrayals. Set largely in Israel and Palestine, director Yuval Adler avoids easy political conclusions by doggedly preserving a sense of ambiguity in his characters. What compounds the ambiguity is the agenda of the different factions: there are disagreements among different groups on the anti-Israel side, for example, and there’s also racism among different types of Arabs. Adler’s primer on this conflict is fascinating and confusing in equal measure, yet his grasp of the Mideast tumult does not match his capacity for suspense.
  • Eva. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    You could watch Eva at least twice in the time it would take you to sit through Steven Spielberg’s A.I.And you’d have at least twice as much fun, provided you’re willing to trade Jude Law and some sci-fi robustness for subtitles, emotional authenticity, and a pre-apocalyptic vision of advanced robotics in human society.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    And if the first How To Train Your Dragon was about the establishment of community and trust, this film is about nurturing and preserving those values when they are tested. There are innumerable rabbit holes a lesser film would have gone down to gin up tension, such as drawing out Valka’s distrust of the other vikings or the difficulties of her reunion with Stoic. But How To Train Your Dragon 2 indulges in none of that. It’s refreshing to see a group of basically intelligent and well-meaning people quickly recognize one another as common allies, and form a working without any real bullshit.

That’s it for our weekly Netflix guide! Let us know what you’re watching in the comments.

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