New on iTunes and streaming 6/25 are Elijah Wood (Frodo in LOTR) as you’ve never seen him before, Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as cutthroat magicians, and a well-reviewed doc on sommeliers.
Elijah Wood stars as an owner of a mannequin store whose new friendship with a female photographer unleashes a murderous obsession in this remake of the notorious 1980’s slasher film. William Lustig’s 1980 sleazy slasher film is considered a grind house classic. Critics have been kind overall to this remake, praising Wood for getting into the dark depths of his character but many have found the excessive, slasher-style violence unnerving.
‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ is a comedy with a great cast including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, and Alan Arkin. It is also one of the last films made by character actor James Gandolfini. That alone makes it worth watching for me. I have to admit that a broad comedy about warring magicians didn’t compel me to rush to the theater. But, it did make my “wait for streaming” list.
‘Burt Wonderstone’ is available on iTunes and DVD
A “Flixnerd Pick” this week runs with the magician theme. Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film ‘The Prestige’ stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale going to destructive lengths to prove which of them is the better illusionist.
Typical of Chris Nolan’s other films (Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) this is an intelligent and thought-provoking film.
Click here for the Flixnerd review of ‘The Prestige’
New Movies on DVD
In ‘The Call,’ Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who, when she receives an emergency call from an abducted girl, must take action and face a killer from her own past in order to save the young girl. ‘The Call’ also stars Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and is available on: DVD, The Call (2013) on Amazon Instant, and on