Tuesday Releases: 42 & Evil Dead

JULY 16TH, 2013

42 // “42” is a phenomenal sports film about Jackie Robinson, a legend not only in baseball, but in life, however, the film does not reach much further than that. Going into the film, it reeked of Academy Award potential, with strong performances and a diligent message. However, Helgeland makes some poignant decisions that leave the film missing that special something to make it an Oscar contender. With the historical representation of segregation of the whites and blacks, films like “The Help” handle the subject in a much more cinematic way, leaving “42” feeling forced and nothing we haven’t seen before. The story of Jackie Robinson is inspirational and the screenplay does it justice, but with a little more effort and perhaps a different approach this film could have echoed into the Oscar pools. Chadwick Boseman is a strong leading man, capturing the essence of Robinson. He plays out each emotion as you would expect, but again, never carries it over to astonishing. Harrison Ford pours himself in the role of Dodger GM Branch Rickey, with a grisly voice and a trove of life lessons, not just for Robinson, but for the world. Even the gorgeous Nicole Beharie steals the show, hopefully presenting herself for future Academy-worthy work. “42” is the first great sports film released in recent memory, and one that will probably catch fire like “The Natural” and “Field Of Dreams”. It has universal appeal for all ages and though it will never have an Oscar nomination attached to it, it will sill live on.

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EVIL DEAD // Reliable as a remake and as a decent horror film, “Evil Dead” may not be the “most terrifying film you will ever experience” but it does find a nice balance between the “gore-fest” that Hollywood horror has become and the eerie horror that actual produces scares, although it’s still the goriest film you will see this year, if not even longer. Helped mostly by Fede Alvarez’s decision to go mostly practical, this film will live on well into the next century. Jane Levy takes a huge leap out of her “Suburgatory” doldrums and delivers an alright performance as the demonic victim. With plenty of homages to the original, the remake value of this film is astonishing and never quite feels retreaded. Capitalizing with a strong final act and some memorable cinematography, “Evil Dead” proves that given the right direction, horror remakes do not have to be terrible. Not for the faint of heart… or stomach… even if this experience wasn’t as bad as I built it up in my mind, it can still be a challenge to get through, unless you’re used to seeing people projectile vomit into another person’s mouth or slice their tongue in half with a retractable box cutter.

New Releases
42
Bullet To The Head
The End Of Love
Erased (2012)
Evil Dead (2013)
Solomon Kane

TV Box Set

  • Alphas: Season Two
  • The Border: Season One
  • Damages: Season Five
  • Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited 1-4
  • Femme Fatales: Season Two
  • George Lopez: Season Three
  • Heavy Sedation: Season One
  • Hell On Wheels: Season Two
  • Joanna Lumley’s Nile
  • Liberty’s Kids: Complete Series
  • Lovely Complex: The Complete Series
  • Matlock: Season Nine
  • Misfits: Season Three
  • Orphan Black: Season One
  • Regular Show: Seasons One & Two
  • Shameless (UK): Seasons One & Two
  • Shark Week: Fins of Fury
  • Sugarfoot: Season One
  • The Virginian: Season Eight
  • Young Justice: Season Two V2

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • 45 Minutes from Broadway 2-denied2
  • A Little Bit Zombie
  • Armynel
  • Bidder 70
  • Bringing the Girls Over
  • The Dead Reborn
  • Dragon Knight (2003)
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Fat Slags
  • The Fruit Hunters
  • The Good Life
  • Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Iron Doors
  • Jacob on the Road
  • The Lady Vanishes (1979)
  • The Life After Death Project
  • London: The Modern Babylon
  • Lord of the Flies: Criterion
  • Loveholic
  • M: A Married Woman
  • Night Across the Street
  • Olympia
  • Road Hell
  • The Sweeter Side of Life
  • Unwelcome Strangers
  • The War Between the States
  • White Fang (2013)
  • White Frog 2-denied2
  • Wild Bill (2011)

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