Video on Demand Report: Beam The Great Gatsby Into Your Home in Crippling 2-D
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby was probably about due for a new film adaptation: The one from the ’70s, starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston, is no one’s favorite movie, and today’s high school students trying to get out of their assigned reading deserve a cinematic crib sheet featuring actors they actually recognize and who aren’t their parents’ age.
Baz “Moulin Rouge” Luhrmann’s take on the material isn’t likely to be remembered much more fondly than Jack Clayton’s 1974 edition, if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed. At least Clayton’s locations were, if not actually on Long Island, passably similar, unlike Luhrmann’s weird Australian fantasia of 1920s New York. And Clayton’s version isn’t in 3-D because why would it be. If you don’t feel like expending two hours and 22 minutes of your precious long weekend on this, TribecaFilm.com’s “Old Sport” supercut will probably give you the gist well enough.
New and Notable
Pain & Gain
Mark Wahlberg and The Rock star in Michael Bay’s latest non-extraterrestrial robot film, about bodybuilders getting caught up in a criminal conspiracy.
Craig Robinson struggles to impress fiancée Kerry Washington’s fancy family, particularly her disapproving father, David Alan Grier.
Because there can never be enough takes on Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition, I guess?
Life, Love, Soul
After his mother’s death, a boy has a challenging reunion with his estranged father.
In ’70s New York, childhood friends Liam Hemsworth and Michael Angarano rip off an armored truck, while The Rock is the detective trying to unravel the case. (As if anyone on the NYPD in the ’70s worked out that much.)
At Any Price
Farmer father Dennis Quaid and aspiring car racer son Zac Efron reach a crisis point with the family business, and with their relationship.
Old friends throw a murder mystery party, and you’ll never guess, but some real murder breaks out.
Weird Indie of the Week
The Legend of Fritton’s Gold
I’m not sure why Colin Firth, David Tennant, and Juno Temple signed on to make the first weird, broad movie in this franchise, but anyway, here’s another one.
Surprise! It’s God.
After a DUI, a hotshot baseball player goes back to his hometown and learns What Really Matters.
More Hollywood Prospectus
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