New on Netflix Instant: Rachel Weisz and 'The Deep Blue Sea'
Plus 'Machine Gun Preacher,' 'Hopscotch,' the BBC's 'Sherlock' and more
"The Deep Blue Sea" (2011), adapted from Terence Rattigan's play by Terence Davies, is a ravishing and devastating, a romantic drama of impossible love between the cultured wife (Rachel Weisz) of a loving older husband and a hot-tempered working class war veteran (Tom Hiddleston) in the years after World War II. Davies' direction is graceful and intimate and loving, embracing her story as both tragic and liberating. Full review here.
"Machine Gun Preacher" (2011), based on a true story of Sam Childers, stars Gerard Butler as an ex-con turned missionary and aid worker in Sudan and who takes on militia terrorizing the population the only way he knows how.MSN film critic James Rocchi reviews it here.
"The FP" (2011) is a parody of sports movies, gang dramas, and eighties breakdance films, set in the conflict between two gangs in Frazier Park, California, where the battle for dominance in the dark suburban near-future is played out in competitive dance-fight video games. Reviewed here.
"Hopscotch" (1980), starring Walter Matthau as a retired CIA agent penning a tell-all memoir, is smart, spry, and executed with a deft touch. With his hangdog face and prankster’s glee, Matthau brings a cynical playfulness to this lighthearted yet thoroughly grown-up satire of the intelligence community, winking at the cold war shenanigans and corruption of power. This frustrated field man doesn’t just threaten to embarrass the agency, he teases them with every chapter and dares them to stop him. It’s his last globe-hopping assignment and he loves every second of it. Glenda Jackson and Ned Beattu co-star.
"My Brilliant Career" (1979), the feature debut of Gillian Armstrong, was one of the early entries in what became called the New Australian Cinema. Judy Davis stars as a free-spirited young woman who defies convention in turn-of-the-century Australia with her ideas and her ambitions and Sam Neill plays the wealthy landowner who falls in love with the restless woman. The film introduced both actors to an international audience.