‘Side Effects,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures,’ ‘Parker’ | New DVDs
New DVD releases for Tuesday, May 21, include the thriller “Side Effects”; the teen supernatural film “Beautiful Creatures”; Jason Statham’s “Parker”; and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand.”
From “Side Effects” to “The Last Stand,” they’re back and available 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.
“Side Effects” (R): “The less you know in advance about Steven Soderbergh’s slick thriller, the more you’ll enjoy it,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. Starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum as a married couple and Jude Law as a psychiatrist who prescribes a new drug, it “surprises from beginning to end.”
“Parker” (R): Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up for director Taylor Hackford’s heist thriller, which follows a crook with a rigid moral code who plots payback after being betrayed.
“Yossi” (not rated; for mature audiences): The sequel to “Yossi & Jagger” looks at a former Israeli soldier (Ohad Knoller) struggling to move on from the loss of his lover, who died on the front lines. In Hebrew, with English subtitles.
“The ABCs of Death” (not rated; for mature audiences): This alphabet soup of horror consists of 26 “chapters” by different directors (“A is for Apocalypse,” etc.) and involves some form of grisly death.
“Beautiful Creatures” (PG-13): Adapted and directed by Richard LaGravenese from the popular book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the supernatural thriller is a sort of topsy-turvy “Twilight” — the high-school boy (Alden Ehrenreich) is a mortal; the girl (Alice Englert) is a witch, or “Caster.”
“Stand Up Guys” (R): Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin play more-or-less retired gangsters hanging out together for a long day and night while trying to avoid bad guys, the kind who “take your kidneys and don’t even sell them.”
“The Last Stand” (R): A fugitive drug kingpin (Eduardo Noriega), rushing toward the Mexican border in a souped-up Corvette, hits a big roadblock — sheriff Arnold Schwarzenegger and his deputies.
TV on DVD
“Laverne and Shirley: The Sixth Season”
“Perception: The Complete First Season”
“Saving Hope: The Complete First Season”
“Teen Wolf: Season 2”
“True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season”
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org