New DVD releases for Tuesday, April 14, include Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” the horror flick “The Babadook,” the documentary “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” and “Maps to the Stars,” starring Julianne Moore.
DVD sightings for Tuesday, April 14, include “Big Eyes,” “The Babadook” and “Antarctica.” 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 “Big Eyes” (PG-13): Director Tim Burton’s latest drama focuses on the couple behind the paintings of waiflike children with eerily big eyes — among the best-selling artworks of the 1950s and ’60s. Amy Adams stars as Margaret Keane and Christoph Waltz as her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for Margaret’s works until she decided she wanted to be known as the real artist, and took Walter to court in the ’80s to prove it.
★★★ “The Babadook” (not rated; for mature audiences): A dark house, a 7-year-old son (Noah Wiseman) haunted by ghosts, a young mother (Essie Davis) who may be losing her grip on sanity. It all adds up to a nightmare for the characters in this Australian horror flick.
★★★ “Antarctica: A Year on Ice”: Life includes warm camaraderie for a hardy group of people doing scientific research in Antarctica.
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★★ “Maps to the Stars” (R): David Cronenberg’s not quite satire, not quite melodrama follows an assortment of Hollywood types, including a beginning-to-be-washed-up actress (Julianne Moore), a self-help guru whose own personal life is a mess (John Cusack), a troubled child star just out of rehab (Evan Bird) and a mysterious new arrival in town (Mia Wasikowska).
★★ “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” (R): In-over-their-heads building contractors demand ransom for a mega-rich Dutch brewery mogul (Anthony Hopkins) in director Daniel Alfredson’s true-heist tale.
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