New DVD releases for Tuesday, March 17, include the animated “Song of the Sea” and “The Penguins of Madagascar,” the comedy “Top Five,” the musical “Annie” and the Moses action flick “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
A wave of animation, comedy and action comes to DVD on Tuesday, March 17. 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 “Song of the Sea” (PG): The Academy Award nominee for best animated feature dives into the world of a selkie — a child who turns into a white seal once she enters the sea. The film, inspired by Irish myth, was directed by Tomm Moore, whose 2009 film “The Secret of Kells” was also an Oscar nominee.
★★★ “The Penguins of Madagascar” (PG): Skipper (voiced by Lynnwood native Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) break free from the main characters of DreamWorks’ “Madagascar” movie series and venture out on their own in this James Bond-style tale — complete with a secret-agent wolf (Benedict Cumberbatch) and an octopus villain (John Malkovich).
★★★ “Top Five” (R): Chris Rock’s film, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, is funny and raunchy. Focusing on a comedian trying to find his way into “serious” acting, it “seems to zip along effortlessly, like a well-paced stand-up routine.”
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★★½ “Annie” (PG): In this contemporary version of the musical, little orphan Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) is now a cutely street-smart New York foster kid; Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) a would-be pop star turned lush who now takes in kids for the money; and Daddy Warbucks, re-christened Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a rich businessman running for mayor of New York.
★½ “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (PG-13): Ridley Scott’s “Action Movie Moses” is not your father’s “Ten Commandments,” says reviewer Soren Andersen. “And that’s not a good thing.” Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star.