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‘Hotel Transylvania,’ ‘The Awakening,’ ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ | New DVDs
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 29, include the animated “Hotel Transylvania,” “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Downton Abbey: Season 3” and more.
Lots of activity — paranormal and otherwise —— on DVD 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.
“Hello I Must Be Going" (R): Melanie Lynskey finally gets her turn in the spotlight as a 30-something divorcée who has to move back into her parents’ home. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls Lynskey’s low-key performance a “riveting star turn.”
“The Awakening"(R): In post-World War I London, a troubled schoolmaster (Dominic West) of a boys academy calls on a hoax exposer (Rebecca Hall) to investigate the ghostly appearance of a child.
“Tales of the Night”(not rated; contains brief violence): French animator Michel Ocelot uses his signature “shadow puppet” style in six vignettes digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.
“Hotel Transylvania” (PG): Adam Sandler leads a vocal cast heavy with fellow “Saturday Night Live” veterans in this animated comedy about a hotel for monsters undone by the arrival of a young human backpacker (Andy Samberg).
“Paranormal Activity 4” (R): The franchise offers more creaking doors and bumps in the night, plus two new teen characters to hang out with (Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively).
“Seven Psychopaths” (R): It’s a movie about the making of a movie with the same name as the actual movie. Playing along is Colin Farrell as the screenwriter, Woody Harrelson as a homicidal maniac and Christopher Walken as a guy with a stitched-up throat.
“The Cold Light of Day” (PG-13): A man’s family gets kidnapped on a sailing vacation in Spain. Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis star.
TV on DVD
“Downton Abbey: Season 3”
“The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley: The Complete Series”
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