New DVD releases for Tuesday, March 31, include two Oscar winners: “The Imitation Game” (for best adapted screenplay) and “Interstellar” (visual effects).

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New releases for Tuesday, March 31, take journeys into history, space and the “Wild.” Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at Release dates are subject to change.

★★★½  The Imitation Game (PG-13): Benedict Cumberbatch plays brilliant World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, whose life blended astonishing triumph and cruel tragedy. It won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.

★★★  Interstellar (PG-13): Director Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning film (for visual effects) begins a few decades into the future, with a former pilot (Matthew McConaughey) being asked to accept a mission to find another galaxy where humanity can thrive. That’s the jumping-off point for a plot that often doesn’t make much sense, says Seattle Times movie reviewer Moira Macdonald. “But you don’t go to ‘Interstellar’ for sense … You go for an image of a gracefully ringed Saturn, as if drawn by paint strokes, while a delicate piano solo plays; for the way that silence, in space, feels like something you could hold in your hand; for Nolan’s knack for finding, in the midst of an insanely expensive spectacle, moments of human connection that can take your breath away.”

★★★  Wild(R): Reese Witherspoon stars in this film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s inspiring memoir of a 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

★★½  The Rewrite(not rated): A failed Hollywood screenwriter (Hugh Grant) accepts a teaching gig at a tranquil East Coast college, where he meets an older student (Marisa Tomei) … and you know where this is going.


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