Oscar winner “Frozen” and nominees “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Mandela” come to DVD on Tuesday, March 18. Star ratings are by Seattle Times reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
“Frozen” (PG): The Academy Award winner for best animated feature film and song (“Let It Go”) follows the tale of two royal sisters, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), who become estranged when future queen Elsa discovers she can’t control her “X-Men”-like power to freeze everything.
“If ever a family movie seemed designed for efficient retooling into a spectacular Broadway musical,” writes reviewer Tom Keogh, “ ‘Frozen’ is it — with its fablelike premise (loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’) full of unexplored potential, including a love triangle, two damsels in distress, a funny sidekick (a little snowman cleverly voiced by Josh Gad) and a batch of full-throated songs.”
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“American Hustle” (R): This glittery disco ball of a movie — director David O. Russell’s version of the Abscam scandal of the ’70s — showcases four Oscar-nominated performances: Christian Bale, as a con man; Amy Adams, as his alluring associate; Bradley Cooper, as an FBI agent who gets them to work for the Feds in a sting operation targeting politicians; and Jennifer Lawrence, as the con man’s wife who knows her marriage is in trouble. The film also received nominations for best picture, director, costume design, film editing, production design and original screenplay.
“Saving Mr. Banks” (PG-13): Director John Lee Hancock’s valentine to “Mary Poppins” — recognized by the Academy for its score — tells the story of how the movie came to be made in prickly collaboration between author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and an ever-grinning creative team.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (PG-13): Director Justin Chadwick’s biographical film, which contended for a best-song Oscar (“Ordinary Love”), covers much of the long life of revered statesman and leader Nelson Mandela — including his days as a young lawyer, his years in prison and his political rise to president of South Africa. Idris Elba stars.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: email@example.com