Still need to see best-picture nominees “Gravity” and “Nebraska” before the Academy Awards Sunday, March 2? They’re here on DVD Tuesday, Feb. 25, along with “Thor: The Dark World” and the music documentary “Muscle Shoals.”
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“Gravity” (PG-13): Alfonso Cuarón’s space odyssey, starring Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer who must desperately figure out how to return to Earth, is “brief, strangely beautiful and deeply moving,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. “Watch this film on the biggest screen you can find … not to be overwhelmed by its noise and effects, but to join its smart, soulful heroine on her incredible journey and to experience the size of its quietness.” The film also received nominations for best director (Cuarón), actress (Bullock), cinematography, film editing, original score, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
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“Nebraska” (R): Filmed in black and white, Alexander Payne’s not-quite-comedy/not-quite-drama is the story of a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte), and of how they come to understand each other, just a bit, on a trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim a sweepstakes prize. Northwest resident Bob Nelson earned a nomination for his screenplay; the film also got nods for best director (Payne), actor (Dern), supporting actress (June Squibb) and cinematography.
“Muscle Shoals” (PG): The mystical small-town music mecca in Alabama — where everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones recorded during the ’60s and ’70s — gets spotlighted.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” (NC-17): A love story starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, who plays a young woman whose life is a work in progress.
“Thor: The Dark World” (PG-13): Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and that mighty hammer return for the sequel.
“Pulling Strings” (PG): A mariachi singer (Jaime Camil) in Mexico City tries to trick and charm the American embassy staffer (Laura Ramsey) who denied him a visa.
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