Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

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

I’ve been focusing on Tribeca Film Festival entries, which I’ll be writing about in the coming week. As of next Friday, I’ll have new films to report on each week.

New to DVD

Django Unchained (mixed bag): There's plenty to admire about Quentin Tarantino's bloody trip to the Old West, namely Christoph Waltz's Oscar-winning performance. It can't compare to his previous, more compelling film "Inglourious Basterds," but it's still worth a watch for Tarantino devotees.

New on Netflix Instant Streaming

Orchestra of Exiles (recommended): This chronicle of the founding of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which would eventually become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, during the Holocaust, presents a rarely-seen piece of history with a definitive musical focus.

ParaNorman (mixed bag): This Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature has its clever moments, but it's no match for the similarly-themed, far superior "Frakenweenie." It's still a competent work of animation, though hardly a must-see film for all ages.

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