While the general foundation of Marlowe is solid, there isn’t much else of interest at in this otherwise messy, downplayed, and dull detective yarn.
The winner of this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Germany’s official selection for this year’s Oscars, In the Fade deserves more credit for the direction of Fatih Akin and a commanding, empathetic performance from Diane Kruger than the film as warrants as a whole.
New arrivals this week on Blu-ray and DVD include: The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as a pair of would-be lovers on the run from Fate’s minions; Liam Neeson’s latest action-thriller, Unknown; and The Eagle, starring Channing Tatum in a swords-and-sandals modern epic.
Opening this weekend in theatres: Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger star in the action-thriller, Unknown; I Am Number Four stars Alex Pettyfer as a super-powered teenager on the run; plus a look at Small Town Murder Songs, and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.
Coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray: blood flies and the Nazis get their due in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds; a bachelor party in Las Vegas goes hilariously wrong in The Hangover; plus a look at The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, G-Force, and Taking Woodstock.
American history gets the adventure treatments once again in the often dizzyingly surreal National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets launches Ben Gates into another search for lost treasure as he also tries to clear his ancestor’s name from the plot to kill President Lincoln. Also arriving this week is the zombie-driven horror Diary of the Dead, futuristic anime in Vexille, the 80s hit comedy Short Circuit, and the first season of 24.