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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 March 4, 2014. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
12 Years a Slave. Rating: 5 (out of 5). Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold to slavery in the 1800s. This year's Oscar Winner for Best Picture (amongst other awards) comes to VOD on March 4. Critics loved this movie, New York Post calls it “The "Schindler's List" of slavery films.” Reviews, video and more.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Katniss Everdeen is back on the big screen in this second installment of the Hunger Games series. She returns home safe with fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, but their reunion with their families and friends is cut short when they learn that they have to compete in the Hunger Games for the second time. The film premieres on VOD on Friday, March 7, and has been positively received by critics. The Boston Globe thinks, “Book’s good. Movie’s better.” Reviews, video and more.
After The Dark. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty students with a thought experiment: faced with a nuclear apocalypse, they must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The experiment turns deadly as everyone in the group turns against each other in a fight for survival. The film comes to VOD on Tuesday, March 4. It has received mixed reviews from the critics, but Los Angeles Times thinks, “While the story's conceit brims with metaphor and symbolism, it rarely comes off as didactic or heavy-handed. Instead, it's smart and provocative. The movie's late-breaking twist also feels about right.” Reviews, video and more.
Oldboy. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Joe Doucette, an advertising executive, was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years. When he is released without any explanation, he begins to search for answers as to who and why he captured, only to find out that the bigger question is to why he was released. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, March 4. The critics gave Spike Lee’s remake of a South Korean film mixed reviews, with inevitable comparisons to the original Oldboy. But according to Chicago Sun-Times, “It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair.” Reviews, video and more.
The Bag Man. Rating: 1 (out of 5). Jack is hired by Dragna, a legendary crime boss, to complete a simple but unusual task, and is made to wait for the latter’s arrival in a remote location. While waiting for the crime boss, Jack meets Rivka, a stunningly beautiful woman who becomes emotionally and physically entangled with Jack. When Dragna finally makes it to the location, there are sudden and extreme consequences for all involved. The film will be premiering on VOD on Tuesday, March 4. Most critics were not pleased with the film, and Los Angeles Times thinks, “"The Bag Man," starring John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Rebecca Da Costa, is a brutally violent, misogynistic mind game gone wrong.” Reviews, video and more.
Perfect Sisters. No Rating. Tired of their mother’s dependence on alcohol and abusive boyfriends, two sisters devise a plot to kill her. The film premires on VOD on Monday, March 10. No critic reviews are available as of writing.
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