Niagara Gazette

Night & Day

April 30, 2013

CALLERI: New movie 'Arthur Newman' rides down an oft-traveled road

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Niagara Gazette — “Arthur Newman” is executive-produced by Vertebrae Films, which is owned by two Buffalonians, who are important members of the area’s medical community. Helen Cappuccino is a surgical oncologist and her husband Andrew Cappuccino is a spinal surgeon, made famous for saving the life of Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills. Their son Michael is credited with producing “Arthur Newman.”

Ultimately, the movie is not about redemption or retribution. It merely ends. Firth and Blunt keep you alert for a little while, but the familiar aspects of the weak script and the unsure direction work against them. The result is that you don’t care what happens to anyone.

For all its star power and quirkiness, “Arthur Newman” is a bland entry in the Walter Mitty wonderland.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@gmail.com.

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