RT on DVD: The Brave One, Assassination of Jesse James Fire Onto DVD

A selection of star turns in this week's releases.

by | February 4, 2008 | Comments

It’s a week of bravura performances among new releases, so pick your favorite headliner and go: Jodie Foster going vigilante (The Brave One), Casey Affleck turning traitor (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), or Cate Blanchett reigning supreme (Elizabeth: The Golden Age).

The Brave One

Tomatometer: 43%

Vigilante justice has a petite new heroine in Jodie Foster, who stars in and executive produced The Brave One. The victim of a random act of violence, nighttime radio host Erica Bain (Foster) survives but loses her fiancé (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews); arming herself with a gun, she finds her bloodlust increasing as she becomes the city’s mysterious dark angel while a cop (Terrence Howard) begins to piece together the puzzle. But despite a Golden Globes-nominated performance by Foster, critics were split; whether you’ll enjoy it may depend on your preference for exploitation films or intellectual character studies.


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Tomatometer: 75%

Turning in his second stellar performance of the year (after starring in brother Ben Affleck‘s Gone Baby Gone) is Casey Affleck, who plays titular gunman Robert Ford to Brad Pitt‘s outlaw Jesse James in Andrew Dominik‘s poetic Western. The true story of James’ death is fascinating in itself — James, famous for leading a gang of bank robbers with his brother Frank, was shot in the back by a member of his own inner circle. Dominik’s adaptation of Ron Hansen’s novel applies a dual focus to both Jesse James and his killer, “Bob” Ford, allowing the film to become not only a historical retelling but a meditation on self-destruction and celebrity. If you love the visual daring of Terrence Malick, and wonder what the heck happened to Britney Spears, this should make for an intriguing time.


Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Tomatometer: 34%

Proving that critics can overwhelmingly scold a film but the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences will still deem it Oscar-worthy, Shekhar Kapur‘s follow-up to 1998’s Elizabeth finds the Virgin Queen (double-Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett) on the brink of war with Spain and dealing with her own forbidden attraction to the roguish Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Viewers hungry for the film’s sumptuous production design and costumes will enjoy a bonus menu of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and Kapur’s feature-length commentary.


Across the Universe

Tomatometer: 53%

The music catalog of the Fab Four has been used before to illustrate a storyline — we’ll forgive Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees their abuse of the Beatles’ songbook in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — but writer-director Julie Taymor makes magnificently poppy use of it in this splashy, epic musical. Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess star as young lovers who along with their friends get swept along with pivotal events of the 1960s (race riots, bohemia, Vietnam) via song, every number inventively designed to borrow meaning from the lyrics of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

2 Days in Paris

Tomatometer: 87%

Julie Delpy stars in her writing and directing debut about a dysfunctional couple (Delpy and Adam Goldberg) at the tail end of a vacation, and possibly their relationship, spending the titular time in the City of Love. Critics found the comedy of relationship errors sharply observed and charming; also of interest on the DVD release is a 16-minute interview with Delpy, who not only wrote and directed the film, but served as composer and producer.

Fierce People

Tomatometer: 23%

Teenager Finn (Anton Yelchin) would rather spend his summer studying the “fierce people” of South America with his anthropologist father, but must accompany his mother (Diane Lane) to live among the country club set with her former client (Donald Sutherland), based on the novel by Dirk Wittenborn.


Tomatometer: 24%

Rosario Dawson plays a co-ed rape victim who overcomes her subsequent social and psychological withdrawal to seek revenge upon her attacker; despite Dawson’s noble performance, critics can’t forgive the story its artful pretension or its degrading conclusion.

The Ten Commandments

Tomatometer: 16%

This week’s pick of CG offerings is also the number one choice for camp value: an all-new cartoon version of The Ten Commandments, featuring Christian Slater as Moses! Unfortunately (rather, even more unfortunately) the familiar tale of Red Sea-parting and tablets from God is poorly animated…giving voice actors Slater, Alfred Molina (Rameses), Elliott Gould (God) and Ben Kingsley (Narrator) an even harder sell.

‘Til next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

TCM Trailer GIFs unscripted cancelled television Starz X-Men christmas movies a nightmare on elm street Toys mockumentary Animation ratings Kids & Family award winner critics 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards jamie lee curtis godzilla Marathons know your critic romance Disney Plus Disney Channel HBO TIFF Shudder 93rd Oscars science fiction Calendar movies Pride Month Musical Columbia Pictures romantic comedy Fox Searchlight jurassic park twilight joker GoT Sundance Now Pop TV foreign FX biography cancelled TV shows Thanksgiving spinoff Tarantino Bravo comedies renewed TV shows USA blaxploitation Interview docuseries strong female leads Hear Us Out Song of Ice and Fire Elton John Winners CBS All Access Superheroes Emmy Nominations theme song political drama FXX Comedy Broadway Pirates VICE miniseries crime thriller OneApp new zealand WarnerMedia Photos cults die hard halloween rt archives YouTube zombies Lionsgate kids reviews laika ESPN Comedy Central Alien Esquire archives 99% CMT nfl singing competition Horror Tomatazos prank TNT Election reboot teaser Brie Larson BBC hidden camera cancelled YouTube Premium harry potter venice remakes Legendary new york Nickelodeon kong Certified Fresh Awards Tour Lifetime Christmas movies CBS heist movie HBO Max Cartoon Network marvel cinematic universe book Spring TV directors Chernobyl Emmys quibi DC streaming service The Walking Dead best Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TruTV 2015 cartoon festivals Netflix Watching Series 2019 sag awards adventure hollywood Universal SundanceTV Mystery razzies screenings LGBTQ indie DC Universe aapi Paramount Plus Opinion Star Wars diversity series independent indiana jones toronto boxoffice Pop Video Games Tubi AMC 2020 Cannes comic canceled Lucasfilm golden globes criterion cats Walt Disney Pictures rom-coms ID docudrama Academy Awards 71st Emmy Awards politics PlayStation Mary poppins GLAAD anthology Travel Channel Infographic The CW The Walt Disney Company revenge pirates of the caribbean History game show Crackle halloween tv sitcom Teen book adaptation cooking Reality Competition Amazon Studios robots nature child's play Comics on TV Set visit festival tv talk dc psychological thriller Western zero dark thirty SXSW blockbusters 2016 disaster First Look Trophy Talk MCU dceu PBS scary movies stand-up comedy YA BBC One Marvel Television The Arrangement japanese YouTube Red Baby Yoda USA Network El Rey supernatural elevated horror rotten movies we love Marvel Sundance TV dramedy Premiere Dates Dark Horse Comics scene in color MSNBC Sci-Fi Creative Arts Emmys lord of the rings Amazon golden globe awards streaming king kong Awards Black History Month Television Academy Hallmark social media historical drama Classic Film classics Fall TV Pet Sematary saw films blockbuster Winter TV Warner Bros. Martial Arts talk show 20th Century Fox all-time Countdown Holidays Biopics Paramount TV One dogs CW Seed kaiju Syfy The Witch television space trailers Hallmark Christmas movies Amazon Prime Video BET crossover Peacock CNN National Geographic 21st Century Fox Fox News ABC screen actors guild cinemax period drama popular TBS Rom-Com Fantasy women TV renewals Character Guide The Academy NYCC comics asian-american 4/20 video documentaries Shondaland Turner Classic Movies Rocketman transformers FOX hispanic Rocky adaptation discovery Box Office Paramount Network WGN vampires Cosplay italian police drama American Society of Cinematographers Showtime Quiz Grammys movie Ghostbusters high school Star Trek Country A24 green book obituary BET Awards worst movies worst Turner FX on Hulu Summer TCA 2017 BAFTA VOD 2018 dragons Oscars spider-man medical drama universal monsters Mindy Kaling sequels chucky ghosts Trivia psycho Extras ABC Family TV Land DirecTV Pixar New York Comic Con TV children's TV Podcast Disney+ Disney Plus SDCC cars comic books Reality ABC Signature ITV finale Vudu live action Anna Paquin TCA Winter 2020 mutant Pacific Islander cancelled TV series Endgame james bond cops The Purge Women's History Month stop motion Ovation concert satire Sneak Peek documentary deadpool anime See It Skip It LGBT telelvision travel Adult Swim justice league Writers Guild of America news animated latino Crunchyroll sequel dark spy thriller Black Mirror slashers crime drama Disney Disney streaming service superhero aliens TCA Captain marvel stoner Mudbound First Reviews superman versus Holiday composers casting boxing IFC President Family black monster movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Discovery Channel PaleyFest spanish language what to watch Drama Avengers Sundance war Christmas Superheroe VH1 Spectrum Originals 45 Heroines TCA Awards Funimation serial killer RT21 rotten Best and Worst APB Sony Pictures breaking bad Logo Acorn TV Polls and Games new star wars movies ViacomCBS Arrowverse Food Network Freeform Nominations nbcuniversal Amazon Prime south america witnail facebook batman 2017 zombie 007 football Schedule canceled TV shows spanish Hulu Marvel Studios Britbox fast and furious NBC Film Festival MTV DC Comics australia natural history Year in Review name the review Film crime 72 Emmy Awards Apple TV+ Comic Book Image Comics 24 frames fresh scorecard Nat Geo Action Lifetime free movies toy story Masterpiece BBC America Musicals Netflix Christmas movies Rock Binge Guide Music Tumblr international richard e. Grant Ellie Kemper Valentine's Day french Mary Tyler Moore 2021 DGA Apple TV Plus mission: impossible San Diego Comic-Con Super Bowl TLC OWN Epix game of thrones Television Critics Association Spike franchise binge Mary Poppins Returns E3 hist technology Apple Exclusive Video based on movie comiccon doctor who E! RT History Stephen King Red Carpet parents HBO Go thriller werewolf video on demand target IFC Films spain A&E true crime sports emmy awards