New DVD releases for Tuesday, June 9, include the action comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the hockey documentary “Red Army,” and the teen flicks “The DUFF” and “Project Almanac.”
Spy, “Red Army” and high-school shenanigans play out on DVD Tuesday, June 9. Reviews by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
★★★ “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (R): A supersecret spy (Colin Firth) recruits a young street crook (Taron Egertonas) in this action comedy from director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class”) — who clearly had giddy good fun making this homage to the Bond movies, says reviewer Soren Andersen. “From its blaring, brassy Bond-derived musical score to such signifiers as Rosa Klebb-style shoes — click heels together to extrude death-dealing poison toe blades — it’s old-style Bond, complete with a scenery-chewing, chaos-sowing villain played by a weirdly lisping Samuel L. Jackson.”
★★★★ “Red Army” (PG): Director Gabe Polsky’s documentary follows the story of the Soviet Union’s national ice-hockey team when Cold War tensions were running high and the sport was “a kind of warfare.”
★★½ “The DUFF” (PG-13): With a nice message about being true to yourself, the high-school comedy follows a cheerful nerd (played by Mae Whitman) who revolts after learning she’s seen at school as a DUFF — her group’s Designated Ugly Fat Friend.
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★★½ “Project Almanac” (PG-13): A group of high-school seniors builds a time machine in this found-footage feature starring Jonny Weston, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner and Sofia Black-D’Elia.
★½ “Serena” (R): A Depression-era timber baron (Bradley Cooper) crosses paths with a flinty, forest-wise woman (Jennifer Lawrence) in Susanne Bier’s melodrama.
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