RT on DVD

RT on DVD: The Brothers Affleck Lead the Pack With Gone Baby Gone

Plus We Own the Night, John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes, and the latest from Tyler Perry.

by | February 11, 2008 | Comments

One of the best films of last year comes to DVD this week (Gone Baby Gone, written and directed by Ben Affleck, starring brother Casey Affleck), but there are tons more to pick from — a NASA documentary, praised by critics (In the Shadow of the Moon), a crime thriller about cops and family (We Own the Night), and (sigh) a new Tyler Perry movie (Why Did I Get Married?). You be the judge!


Gone Baby Gone

Tomatometer: 93%

Casey Affleck stars as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator hired to search Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood for clues in the abduction of a young girl. Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel and adapted by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, Gone Baby Gone has been hailed by critics for its noirish tension, complex questions of morality, and its realistic immersion into the culture of working class Boston. In his directorial debut, Ben Affleck has crafted one of 2007’s best films; more impressively, he’s done what more established directors before him could not — he’s transformed younger brother Casey Affleck into a leading man. Amy Ryan’s mesmerizing turn as the missing girl’s deadbeat mother is nominated for an Oscar — how do you like them apples? Insightful featurettes and a commentary track with Affleck and Stockard round out this excellent release.

 

In the Shadow of the Moon

Tomatometer: 94%

One intimate, wondrous documentary about NASA’s Apollo program is one giant leap for DVD this week for the Discovery Channel set. If you find yourself flipping through the television for science programs, you’ll marvel at the sight of rockets blasting off in close-up and other archival footage used to poignant effect. Former lunar astronauts like Buzz Aldrin offer their own warm recollections of space travel which remind us of the enormous impact made when man first stepped foot on the moon.

 

Kurt Cobain About a Son

Tomatometer: 74%

Documentarian AJ Schnack crafts a haunting portrait of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain — his childhood, his discovery of music, and his tragic rise to fame — without relying on footage or photographs of the grunge legend. Culling from over 25 hours of interviews taped by music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, the film employs the disembodied voice of Cobain himself to paint a picture of the man within the poster boy for Gen-X anomie. Instead of supplementing his film with songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Schnack offers a soundtrack of Cobain influences like The Melvins, Half Japanese, Iggy Pop and Leadbelly.


 

We Own the Night


Tomatometer: 54%

Nightclub manager Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) is torn between loyalties when his policeman brother (Mark Wahlberg) and father (Robert Duvall) get involved in a deadly anti-crime crusade in 1980s New York. Writer-director James Gray sprinkles in car chases and shoot-outs, but keeps his eyes trained on character drama in this gritty, violent crime thriller. A handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes flesh out the bonus menu, and Eva Mendes also steams up the screen as Green’s hot-blooded girlfriend, Amada.

Romance & Cigarettes


Tomatometer: 52%

If you’ve been waiting for years for John Turturro‘s Romance & Cigarettes (which was originally supposed to hit theaters back in 2005), wait no longer! The star-studded musical — a romantic comedy about iron worker Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) choosing between his wife (Susan Sarandon) and his mistress (Kate Winslet) — is written and directed by the kooky character actor, who came up with the idea while shooting the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink. Along for the ride are thesps Steve Buscemi, Mandy Moore, Eddie Izzard, Mary-Louise Parker, and Christopher Walken, who hoof their way through genre-spanning tunes from Cyndi Lauper to Engelbert Humperdinck.

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?


Tomatometer: 48%

Even if you’re not a fan of actor/director/playwright Tyler Perry‘s work, you may take some solace knowing one thing: his latest comedy-drama is completely devoid of his iconic family matriarch, Madea. Tackling the topics of marriage and fidelity, Perry directs himself and a cast of stars (Sharon Leal! Janet Jackson! Jill Scott!) in a tale of a group of married friends confronting each other while on a Colorado getaway.

No Reservations


Tomatometer: 39%

Mix one part no-nonsense master chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) with a dash of a newly orphaned niece (resident cutie pie Abigail Breslin); toss in a rascally brash, easygoing sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) and let stand. Serve well chilled to unimpressed film critics.

The Martian Child


Tomatometer: 28%

Continuing a series of roles as widowed father figures dealing with children (see: Grace is Gone), John Cusack stars as a science-fiction writer with creative block who takes in a young boy who thinks he is an alien. Adapted from the autobiographical novel by David Gerrold (the man who wrote the classic Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles, for what it’s worth), The Martian Child nevertheless garnered mostly scorn from critics for being call-your-dentist saccharine and unbearably sentimental.

So there you have it. Choose wisely, and ’til next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

TV Land Rom-Com BBC Spring TV Amazon Prime Podcast television Rock Marvel Food Network Black Mirror Disney Nominations mockumentary crime drama dc science fiction what to watch DC Comics medical drama GoT PBS YouTube Premium cooking comic CMT Fox News vampires CBS hist Mary Tyler Moore Ellie Kemper Crackle talk show Box Office Masterpiece miniseries Fall TV Trophy Talk Star Trek SundanceTV Video Games Nat Geo casting jamie lee curtis zombie Red Carpet Animation Action CBS All Access period drama Reality Competition Sneak Peek Lucasfilm Kids & Family Drama cats Tomatazos Shondaland Esquire SDCC The CW Watching Series Brie Larson TV festivals composers E! MTV Mindy Kaling LGBTQ TruTV TNT Quiz Britbox Creative Arts Emmys Comics on TV Teen harry potter 21st Century Fox Comedy Central Infographic police drama Character Guide Rocky AMC Thanksgiving romance docudrama Columbia Pictures Best and Worst Hulu See It Skip It San Diego Comic-Con 2019 cinemax Winners Oscars facebook Awards 2015 Emmys VH1 dceu Showtime Horror discovery war BET Photos Lifetime Nickelodeon IFC Films streaming DGA Tumblr Captain marvel Sundance Now aliens finale Cartoon Network Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DC Universe robots FXX Schedule Calendar Epix binge FX technology TLC GLAAD spy thriller mutant based on movie Spike Set visit Mary Poppins Returns Superheroes Starz MCU green book History Disney Channel cults Certified Fresh zombies Martial Arts 007 Ghostbusters ESPN Logo crime American Society of Cinematographers President Toys singing competition 2018 Writers Guild of America diversity IFC Anna Paquin ratings political drama FOX doctor who Opinion PaleyFest USA 2017 blaxploitation Marathons Pop psycho CNN Election E3 Adult Swim Trailer Comedy sports award winner TCA 2017 BBC America Song of Ice and Fire Winter TV Superheroe DC streaming service APB Dark Horse Comics CW Seed justice league Bravo politics Syfy ABC Family Year in Review ITV Countdown A&E SXSW Musical Trivia Shudder USA Network TIFF Premiere Dates Paramount Network National Geographic Sundance Interview Reality supernatural spider-man ABC Star Wars Paramount unscripted VICE 2016 HBO RT History Freeform The Arrangement Holidays Walt Disney Pictures Music Amazon biography Acorn TV thriller NYCC anime TBS Extras Lionsgate MSNBC Super Bowl comiccon Summer Comic Book dramedy social media Valentine's Day New York Comic Con sitcom 20th Century Fox Pixar Musicals crime thriller Apple Fantasy historical drama Grammys Mystery TCA adaptation golden globes Universal Country Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sci-Fi adventure Netflix DirecTV YA YouTube Red First Look Mary poppins serial killer NBC sequel boxoffice Western cops Pirates WGN GIFs Biopics X-Men Awards Tour El Rey transformers Polls and Games Sony Pictures 24 frames OWN crossover Warner Bros. travel Christmas Ovation TCM 45 Cosplay Spectrum Originals