‘To Rome with Love,’ ‘The Other Dream Team,’ ‘Taken 2’ | New DVDs
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 15, include Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” the documentary “The Other Dream Team” and the sequel “Taken 2,” starring Liam Neeson.
“Rome” and other places around the world come into view Tuesday. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
“To Rome with Love”(R): Woody Allen’s latest offering — which stars Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis and Ellen Page — covers four stories that occur simultaneously. Says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald: The “writer/director is on vacation here, and he takes us (and a fine cast) along with him, ensuring that we all enjoy the city’s pleasures.”
“The Other Dream Team”(not rated): The story of the 1992 Lithuanian men’s basketball team — whose athletes, free from Soviet rule, join forces with the Grateful Dead to fund an Olympics run — ends with a showdown against the goliath Russians.
“Wake in Fright” (R): One of the seminal Australian films of the 1970s, Ted Kotcheff’s digitally restored outback drama stars Gary Bond as a schoolteacher who spends his Christmas holidays gambling, drinking and hunting kangaroos. “Several decades later, it still chills,” says movie reviewer John Hartl.
“Farewell, My Queen”(R, subtitled): Benoît Jacquot’s French drama takes us to the court of Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) in the final days before the outbreak of the French Revolution.
“Won’t Back Down”(PG): A teacher (Viola Davis) and a mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) band together and create a movement to save a failing inner-city elementary school.
“The Possession” (PG-13): It’s a version of “The Exorcist,” but with a Jewish twist involving a demon from a dybbuk box possessing a young girl. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Natasha Calis star.
“Taken 2” (PG-13): The sequel brings back Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, but this time he and his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) get abducted.
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