Teens take center stage on DVD Tuesday, Aug. 5. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
★★½ “Divergent” (PG-13): This grim, dystopian teen adventure — based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster novel — has a bright spot: actress Shailene Woodley, starring as a16-year-old separated from her family by a merciless “faction” system. She becomes a cog in a teen-warrior factory and, as she learns to defend herself and others, finds romance with a trainer (Theo James).
★★ “Oculus” (R): A sinister mirror plays a key role as two stories merge together: the present, in which a brother and sister (Brenton Thwaites, Karen Gillan) revisit their childhood home a decade after the violent death of their parents; and 10 years earlier in the same place, on the night of the crime.
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★★ “Ping Pong Summer” (not rated): A geeky adolescent (Marcello Conte) at a Maryland beach resort in 1985 runs afoul of several bullies (Joseph McCaughtry, Andy Riddle) and later receives instruction in bully abatement and pingpong mastery from an oddball recluse (Susan Sarandon). ★★
TV and other releases
“Californication: The Final Season”
“Community: The Complete Fifth Season”
“God’s Not Dead”
“MythBusters: Collection 11”
“Top Gear 21”
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: email@example.com