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There’s “Much Ado” on DVD Tuesday. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at . Release dates are subject to change.

3.5 stars“Much Ado About Nothing” (PG-13): Joss Whedon’s retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy was famously shot “in 12 days, at his house, using a cast of friends — and would that all house parties could look this good,” writes
Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. “Filmed in elegant black-and-white, with the cast in contemporary dress and the house looking like a real family lives there … it’s a merry, occasionally dark romp.” Amy Acker, as Beatrice, and Alexis Denisof, as Benedick, “have a wickedly sparkling chemistry … Fran Kranz and newcomer Jillian Morgese are sweet as secondary lovers Claudio and Hero, and Nathan Fillion has a ball as the not-so-swift cop Dogberry.”

2 stars“Europa Report” (PG-13): A found-footage thriller about a mission to deep space that goes haywire.

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1.5 stars“After Earth” (PG-13): Will and Jaden Smith team up for M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi adventure about a father and son who crash on a hostile planet.

1 stars“The Purge” (R): Homicidal maniacs terrorize a family on the one night of the year when folks are free to kill and commit crimes with no consequences. Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and Rhys Wakefield star.

.5 stars“The Hangover Part III” (R): The wolf-pack buddies (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) are back, this time to save one of their own (Justin Bartha) from an angry gangster (John Goodman).


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