Tuesday’s wave of new DVDs includes “Noah,” “Cuban Fury” and “The Other Woman.” 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.
★★★ “Noah” (PG-13): Darren Aronofsky’s take on the Bible story — starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson — “is an often strange yet always intriguing depiction, filtered through contemporary ideas of environmentalism and presenting its title character as a man of unshakable faith and almost unendurable burdens,” writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. But “what’s most memorable here are the visuals: Noah’s dream, immersed in blue water as animals swim upward; a sudden, achingly green forest that bursts up around Noah, providing materials with which to build the ark; the endless gray of the floodwaters, framed in a hatch through which Noah gazes.”
★★★½ “Finding Vivian Maier” (not rated): The documentary brings the photographer, unknown during her lifetime, into focus.
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★★½ “Cuban Fury” (R): A cubicle drone (Nick Frost), pining after a pretty co-worker (Rashida Jones) while enduring the boorish taunts of an insufferable rival (Chris O’Dowd), unleashes a hidden talent for Cuban-style heels-of-fire salsa dancing.
★★½ “Half of a Yellow Sun” (R): Biyi Bandele’s film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2006 best-seller follows a couple (Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor) who can’t get enough of each other during the Nigerian civil war of the 1960s.
★★½ “The Other Woman” (PG-13): A man’s wife (Leslie Mann) and two girlfriends (Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton) find out about each other and plot revenge.
★★ “Lullaby” (R): A prickly, brooding musician (Garrett Hedlund) re-connects with his family as his father (Richard Jenkins) is dying of cancer.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org