New DVD releases for Tuesday, May 26, include the documentary “Ballet 422,” the whodunit “The Loft” and the sword-and-sorcery epic “Seventh Son.”
Releases for Tuesday, May 26, bring lots of dramatic — and literal — twists and turns. 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.
★★★ “Ballet 422” (PG): Jody Lee Lipes’ documentary follows the creation of Justin Peck’s “Paz de la Jolla” for New York City Ballet’s 2013 winter season — the 422nd ballet commissioned by the company. Shot in a cinéma vérité style, the film, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, “occasionally frustrates; you wish we were told more about who we’re seeing, and that Lipes had taken more time to give us a sense of ‘Paz de la Jolla’ as a whole … But it’s filled with delicious moments, particularly for dance fans.”
★★ “The Loft” (R): Five upper-income-bracket pals (played by Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts) become suspects when a dead woman is found handcuffed to a bed in their shared loft — a place they keep for their extramarital affairs. Whodunit?
★½ “Seventh Son” (PG-13): A grizzled, Falstaffian knight (Jeff Bridges) and his new apprentice (Ben Barnes) enter a world of spirits and monsters to battle the queen of evil witches (Julianne Moore), her allies (Djimon Hounsou among them) and their minions.
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