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Review – NY Med
Rating: 5. The critics were consistent with their high praise for ABC’s new documentary series, “NY Med,” calling the show “griping,” and “first rate.” If the critics are to be believed, this is a great new offering from ABC and one not to be missed.
Variety called it “first rate storytelling,” and said the show is “superior in class and tone to the vast majority of primetime offerings from ABC News.”
The New York Times said it’s “predictably absorbing,” and pointed out that “‘NY Med’ is shot in a vérité style without any apparent manipulation or staging, and with an evident seriousness of purpose,” and “edited — superbly — with a quick-cut style and breathless pace that put the show firmly in the prime-time reality mainstream.” They also noted how “The cases in ‘NY Med’ range from the profound, involving appalling tumors or urgent transplants, to those that seem lifted from episodes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.”
Entertainment Weekly found a lot to like, writing, “There are funny moments (a guy with a 12-hour erection) and heartbreaking ones (a young mother with a brain tumor) on this fascinating docuseries…Not to mention great humanity from doctors and nurses.”
The Denver Post called the show “gripping,” and said, “Good storytelling, done with remarkable access to hospital personnel and patients, still beats fluff and titillation.” They added that “Producer Terence Wrong once again delivers fast-paced, narration-free, riveting footage.”
The Baltimore Sun said it “surpasses [producer] Wrong’s earlier work in terms of prime-time storytelling without sacrificing any of the cultural seriousness or grand reach of [his previous] series.” They added that “the 55-year-old Wrong has grown into such a lean, clean and sure-handed storyteller that each of the first five episodes flies by. The emotional ride seems richer and more varied, too, with the addition of lighter narratives deftly used to set up and balance the deeper, life-changing events that Wrong’s cameras let us witness.”
Newsday gave the show an “A+,” and asked, “Could there be any more exciting a subject for an unscripted series than this?” They also provided a quick answer: “Nope.” They add that the show “brings it all home with power, beauty, insight and a degree of emotion that’s an occasional sharp uppercut to the jaw…‘NY Med’ is unscripted storytelling at its best…Bottom line: beautiful and often moving.”
The Los Angeles Times calls the show a “surprisingly addictive medical docu-series, fascinating as much in form as it is in function” and says that “the mix of humor and pathos, of tragedy and triumph makes “NY Med” high-energy and emotionally affecting, a new species of show altogether.”
The Philadelphia Daily News says that the show “makes for some gripping TV for those with the stomachs for it.”
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Here are the new VOD films for the week of April 15, 2014. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
Philomena. Rating: 5 (out of 5). A political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago, after she gave birth and was forced to live in a convent. The film, based on a true story, will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, April 15. The critics are enamored with this film with New York Observer saying, “Philomena is not only my favorite film of 2013, but one of the most eloquent, powerful and perfect movies I have ever seen.” Reviews, video and more.
The Invisible Woman. Rating: 4 (out of 5). A happily married mother and schoolteacher, Nelly, is haunted by her past, when she had a complicated and fragile, yet exciting, relationship with Charles Dickens. This period drama premieres on VOD on Tuesday, April 15. The critics are impressed with the film and especially the acting though some note that it has a "leisurely pace." As Variety says, “So tastefully mounted and brilliantly acted that it wears down even the corset-phobic’s innate resistance to such things.” Reviews, video and more.
Patrick: Evil Awakens. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A young nurse, who just started working in an isolated psychiatric ward, takes an interest in Patrick, a seemingly comatose patient who is actually a subject of a mad scientist’s experiments. Her innocent fascination turns sinister as Patrick begins using his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, sending her life into a terrifying spiral. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, April 15. Most of the critics enjoyed (though did not love) this remake of the 1978 movie, and FearNet calls the film "a good example of how to remake an obscure but admired horror flick." Reviews, video and more.
Wolf Creek 2. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Another tourist becomes the prey for the serial killer Mick Taylor. The critics have given mixed reviews to this horror film that comes to VOD on Thursday, April 17. Reviews, video and more.
Beneath The Harvest Sky. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Casper and Dominic have been best friends since childhood. Wanting to get out of their quiet hometown on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father to pay his share, their friendship gets strained and both are forced to make adult choices too soon. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, April 15. There were more positive than negative reviews on the film and according to Variety, “”Beneath the Harvest Sky” offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.” Reviews, video and more.
Small Time. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Freddy Klein decides not to go to College, and instead joins his father in his used-car business. Premiering on VOD on Friday, April 18, The Village Voice thinks, “The film isn't without mirth and charm: Norris steals a number of scenes as the charismatic Ash, and the banter between Norris and Meloni is charmingly convivial. But as Surnow steers into serious waters, the direction of the storytelling becomes increasingly misguided.” Reviews, video and more.
Ride Along. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Ben, a security guard, joins a cop, James, on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying the latter’s sister. Premiering on VOD on Tuesday, April 15, most of the critics are not impressed with this one. New York Magazine (Vulture) is one of the better reviews when they write, “It all mostly works, but you can’t help but wonder at times if it could have been a lot funnier if it had just a bit more edge.” Reviews, video and more.
The Nut Job. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Surly is banished from the park he lives in, and is forced to live in the dangerous city. Lucky for him, he comes across the only thing that can save not only his life, but the rest of the park community as well as winter approaches: Maury’s Nut Store. The film premieres on VOD on April 15. Most of the critics were unimpressed with this animated film, as The Arizona Republic says, “Ever had one of those artificially sweetened candies that taste OK at first but leaves a lingering, bitter aftertaste? That’s sort of how it goes with “The Nut Job.” Reviews, video and more.
A Promise. Rating: 1 (out of 5). Adapted from Stefan Zweig’s Journey into the Past, this film by French director Patrice Leconte centers on the affair between a handsome male secretary and the wife of a wealthy industrialist. Coming to VOD on Friday, April 18, this film has not won the heart of the critics, and IndieWire (The Playlist) thinks, “Leconte’s never been the edgiest of filmmakers, but “A Promise” is so free of anything close to an edge that it’s like watching a beige sphere for ninety-odd minutes—and it feels much longer.” Reviews, video and more.
Kid Cannabis. No rating. A dramatic film that tells the true story of a teen dropout based in Idaho, who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs through the woods across the Canadian border. But his many vices may just leave this kid in way over his head. The film comes to VOD on Friday, April 18, the same day as its theatrical release, and no reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.
Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours). No Rating. A recently retired woman, eager to devote some free time to herself, begins taking part in some events at a local seniors center. When she becomes involved with a man decades younger than herself, she keeps this from her husband, and she soon begins to experience life in ways that she has not in a long time. The film premieres on the same day as its theatrical release, April 15, in French with English subtitles. No critic reviews are available as of time of writing. Video and more.