Releases for Tuesday, May 20, include “The Great Flood,” with music by Seattle’s Bill Frisell, and “Vampire Academy,” adapted from a novel by Bellevue’s Richelle Mead. 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.
“The Great Flood” (not rated): Soundtracked by Seattle-based guitarist and composer Frisell, Bill Morrison’s silent film uses archival footage to tell the story of the disastrous Mississippi River flood of 1927.
“The Monuments Men” (PG-13): Director, writer and star George Clooney assembles a team — Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett — to tell an interesting bit of World War II history about an effort to rescue art works, many of them masterpieces, from Nazi thieves.
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“Pompeii” (PG-13): It’s lava bombs away in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s sword-and-sandal epic starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
“3 Days to Kill” (PG-13): An ailing semiretired CIA agent (Kevin Costner) tries to reconnect with his family (Connie Nielsen, Hailee Steinfeld), free the world of dangerous terrorists and gain access to an experimental drug that might save his life.
“Vampire Academy” (PG-13): This horror/action comedy, based on Mead’s novel, involves various young blood suckers (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry) — guardians, royalty — and warring clans.
“About Last Night” (R): A couple’s one-night stand quickly escalates into something more serious. The remake’s cast includes Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall.
“Raze” (R): Abducted women (led by Zoë Bell) are forced to fight to the death for the edification of a sadistic rich couple (Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn) and their jaded friends.
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