New DVD releases for Tuesday, Feb. 17, include Oscar nominees “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” Plus: “The Interview,” “Dumb and Dumber To,” “St. Vincent” and “Life Itself.”
If “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” are still on your Oscar-watch list, this is your lucky day. (The Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 22). 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.
★★★★ “Birdman” (R): Oscar nominee Michael Keaton portrays a former movie star, best known for playing an avian superhero, who’s trying to reboot his career on Broadway. The film earned nine nominations: for best picture, director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), actor (Keaton), supporting actor (Edward Norton), supporting actress (Emma Stone), cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and original screenplay.
★★★½ “The Theory of Everything” (PG-13): “The movie’s vague on (Stephen) Hawking’s science, but very clear — and moving — on love,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. It’s “mostly a conventional biopic about two very unconventional people, and it rests comfortably in the hands of the two actors playing Stephen and (his wife) Jane.” Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones both received Oscar nods for their roles. “Theory” is also up for best picture, original score and adapted screenplay.
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (PG): This Oscar contender, for best animated feature, is a Japanese folk tale about a foundling country girl who can’t shake a sense of being out of place. No star rating provided.
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★★★ “The Homesman” (R): A pioneer (Hilary Swank) in mid-19th-century Nebraska Territory embarks on a dangerous journey. Tommy Lee Jones plays the hard-drinking drifter who helps her.
★★★ “The Interview” (R): It’s the comedy that sparked an international incident — with Seth Rogen, James Franco and Randall Park, as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
★★½ “St. Vincent” (PG-13): Bill Murray plays a lost soul who becomes the unlikely baby-sitter of his 10-year-old neighbor (Jaeden Lieberher).
★½ “Jake Squared” (R): Howard Goldberg’s Fellini-like dramedy follows a filmmaker (Elias Koteas) on a fantasy-laced trip through his past.
★ “Dumb and Dumber To” (PG-13): The nitwit heroes (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) are back, and up to the same old thing.
★ “V/H/S: Viral” (R): The third entry in the found-footage horror anthology series.
TV on DVD
“Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season”
“The Wahlburgers: The Complete Second Season”