New DVD releases for Tuesday, May 19, include the dramas “American Sniper” and “Leviathan,” the comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and the B-movie satire “Zombeavers.”
Releases for Tuesday, May 19, zero in on snipers, time travelers and “Zombeavers.” 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.
★★★½ “American Sniper” (R): Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) — credited with 160 kills, making him the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history — is “powerful and intense … arguably (Eastwood’s) best picture since ‘Unforgiven,’ ” says reviewer Soren Andersen.
★★★½ “Leviathan” (R): This subtitled Russian drama, loosely based on the Book of Job, follows the problems of a man (Alexei Serebriakov) who is in danger of losing everything as a tyrannical mayor (Roman Madianov) threatens to take away his home, his land and his auto-repair shop.
★★★ “Zombeavers” (R): “When a group of students ends up in a lakeside cabin for a weekend of sex and relationship dramas, nature strikes back at their wild abandon in the form of flesh-eating zombie beavers. Yes, the movie is as nutty as that sounds, with the bucktoothed critters obviously performed by a puppeteer,” says reviewer Tom Keogh, of the playful B-movie scarefest. “But this is a satire that knows when to surprise.”
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★½ “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” (R): The sequel — starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke — finds the guys trying to foil an assassination attempt.
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