Our DVD Oscar watch continues with the release on Tuesday, Feb. 4, of two nominees: “Dallas Buyers Club,” a drama set in the early years of AIDS, and the documentary “Cutie and the Boxer.” Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
“Dallas Buyers Club” (R): Matthew McConaughey “seems reduced to nothing but will and bone; playing a man dying of AIDS yet determined to live, he grows more vivid even as he’s fading away,” writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
McConaughey earned a best-actor nomination for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic playboy in early scenes who, angered by the expense and limited availability of effective drugs, begins importing medications and starts his not-quite-legal “buyers club.” The film also received nods for best picture, supporting actor (Jared Leto), film editing, original screenplay and makeup and hairstyling.
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“Cutie and the Boxer” (R): Zachary Heinzerling’ s documentary tells the tale of two very different artists, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, and their long, often-difficult marriage.
“About Time” (R): A 21-year-old man (Domhnall Gleeson, aka Bill Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) discovers he can time travel in this romantic drama co-starring Rachel McAdams.
“Escape Plan” (R): Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back. Can a high-tech prison hold them?
“Baggage Claim” (PG-13): A flight attendant (Paula Patton) sets off on a desperate quest to land a husband before her youngest sister gets married.
“Romeo & Juliet” (PG-13): Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld take over the roles of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.
“Free Birds” (PG): More time travel, this one for kids. A turkey named Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) tries to thwart the first Thanksgiving meal.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: email@example.com