Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies With Abe. I'm going to be providing a handy guide to a few choice movies currently playing in theatres as well as several films newly released on DVD. I’ll also aim to comment on those films I have not yet had the chance to see, and I invite you to add in your thoughts on any films I haven’t seen in the comments below. Understandably, some weeks will have considerably fewer releases to address than others.
Now Playing in NYC
A Most Wanted Man (mixed bag): The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as the head of a counterterrorism team in Germany in one of his final roles, and while this thriller from director Anton Corbjin has its moments, as a whole it’s not as compelling as it should be. Now playing in limited release. Read my review from Sundance.
New to DVD
Dom Hemingway (mixed bag): Jude Law is loud and unapologetic as a criminal released from jail who isn’t keen on keeping up appearances because he feels he’s owed. There are intriguing, involving scenes in this otherwise messy film.
Now on Netflix Instant Streaming
Manhunter (mixed bag): There’s no comparing this film to its remake, “Red Dragon,” or Brian Cox’s performance as Hannibal Lecter to Anthony Hopkins’, but William Petersen’s focused part as a committed cop and Tom Noonan’s chilling turn as a violent killer effectively complement each other in this slow, dark thriller.