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TV Show Review – Restless
Rating: 4( out of 5). “Restless,” an espionage thriller that revolves around the story of Ruth Gilmartin when she learned that her mother has been living a double-life. Favorable reviews have been written about this mini-series, and many critics feel this show is worth watching. Some critics feel, though, that the pace of story is a bit slow, but the positive assessments regarding the original TV mini-series outweigh the negative criticisms.
The Hollywood Reporter writes there is “Enough suspicion, deceit, twists and turns to keep viewers intrigued by this well-acted two-parter.”
The New York Post gives it a perfect rating of 4 out of 4 stars, and further writes ““Restless,” the stylish, William Boyd novel which he has been adapted into a mini-series, is as good as it gets.”
Entertainment Weekly rates it a B+, and explains, “The twisty tale tries to tackle more than it can handle in the suspense department, but the remarkable acting keeps you sucked in till the very last confusing second.”
The Miami Herald says “The uncommon acuity of Boyd’s script is immeasurably bolstered by an outstanding female cast.”
Newsday gives it a B rating, saying the series has “Good performances, good period details, good payoff. But “Restless” would’ve worked better as a two-hour film.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks “”Restless” could benefit from a little more development of the characters Eva works with — it would make their stories more meaningful and poignant — but overall this four-hour miniseries is a strong entry.”
The New York Times is not a big fan, and writes “Mr. Boyd and the director, Edward Hall (“MI-5,” “Strike Back”), have turned an entertaining and suspenseful novel into a surprisingly ordinary television production.”
Variety suggests “Practically speaking, it’s better than nothing, but in this case, the strategy would work better if “Restless” was a little less restful.”
The Kansas City Star says “This is not a show for background entertainment while folding laundry; it demands active engagement, and the payoff is worth it.”
The Wall Street Journal notes “There’s not much, to be sure, likely to spoil the pleasures of this work, one of whose charms is a refreshingly unhurried air even as it goes ripping sharply along, suspenseful to the end.”
The Boston Globe writes ““Restless” entertains and sometimes genuinely chills.”
The Baltimore Sun says “This is as good as it gets”.
The Chicago Tribune calls the mini-series “gripping”.
The Denver Post thinks “”Restless” spins a smart, rich yarn and, even if its conclusion is a bit labored (by then, there are many strands to untangle), the film delivers a satisfying twist.”
Bloomberg rates the mini-series 2 and a half stars, and further writes “With “Restless,” the spy game is more cloak than dagger.”
FilmMonthly.com writes “It certainly has a classic feel to it that could sweep even the most dedicated Masterpiece-lover off their feet.”
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New on VOD
Here are the new VOD films for the week of March 11, 2014. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
Inside Llewyn Davis. Rating: 5 (out of 5). Set in the unforgiving, wintry 1961 in New York, Llewyn Davis struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly impossible obstacles, some of them of his own making. The film debuts on VOD on Tuesday, March 11. Most of the critics have positive things to say about the movie, and The Miami Herald thinks, “Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ smallest movies — this one doesn't have the broad appeal of True Grit or No Country For Old Men — but like Llewyn’s music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.” Reviews, video and more.
Out of the Furnace. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears one day, and law enforcement fails to help out. So, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands. The film comes to VOD on Tuesday, March 11. Entertainment Weekly gives the movie an A- rating, and further notes, “All of the actors (including Zoë Saldana as Bale's ex) are remarkable. But it's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.” Reviews, video and more.
The Book Thief. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A young girl, Liesel, finds solace from the horrors of World War II by stealing books and sharing them with others. Her adoptive parents provides shelter for a Jewish refugee under the stairs in her home. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, March 11. New York Post thinks, “Overall, it’s engaging and serves its young audience well — a rare Holocaust movie that doesn’t strain to become Oscar bait.” Reviews, video and more.
Veronica Mars. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A continuation of the story from the TV series of the same name, Veronica Mars, former high school sleuth, has moved to New York City nine years after the events of Season 3. While she wishes to distance herself as far from her hometown Neptune as possible, she is forced to return when her old boyfriend Logan Echolls, is once again accused of murder. This movie will premiere on VOD, day and date with its theatrical release, on Friday, March 14. The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Thomas’ direction, especially of the villainous roles, gives a lot of the action a self-conscious, not-quite-real quality. Some aspects of the movie’s intentional artifice work better than others. On the plus side are the visuals.” Reviews, video and more.
The Face of Love. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Five years after the death of her husband, Nikki meets a man who is seemingly his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger look like her late husband, Garrett, but he also shares Garrett’s humor, kindness and passion for art. Romance blooms between Nikki and the stranger, yet she can’t bring herself to reveal to him the reason why she is drawn to him. So she hides photos of Garrett and prevents him from meeting friends and family. When will the truth come out? The movie will premiere on Thursday, March 13. Variety says, “Annette Bening and Ed Harris bring potent conviction to this maudlin but strangely compelling psychological love story.” Reviews, video and more.
Homefront. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A retired DEA agent moves into a quiet, small town for the sake of his daughter, but soon becomes entangled with a local meth drug lord. Homefront premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 11. The Washington Post writes, “The whole movie has a pulpy, purple, over-the-topness to it, which makes it kind of a guilty pleasure, in a low-rent, Southern Gothic way.” Reviews, video and more.
Better Living Through Chemistry. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A pharmacist’s uneventful life turns upside down when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride with sex, drugs, and a possible murder. The movie will premiere both in theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 14. Slate writes, “A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems.” Reviews, video and more.
A Birder's Guide To Everything. No rating. David Portnoy, a 15-year old avid birder, thinks he’s made a discovery of a lifetime. To solidify their place in birding history, he and his best friend takes an epic road trip on the eve of his father’s remarriage. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday March 11. No critic reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.