In the news:
‘The Heat,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Oct. 15, include “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as mismatched cops; “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic; and the documentary “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”
Tuesday cranks up “The Heat,” as well as the action (“Pacific Rim”). Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at . Release dates are subject to change.
“The Heat” (R): With their goofball chemistry, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy elevate Paul Feig’s standard-issue cop action comedy, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. Bullock stars as an every-hair-in-place FBI agent and McCarthy as a loudmouthed beat cop partnering on a case that involves a ruthless drug lord. When the two are “on screen, as they nearly always are, ‘The Heat’ is good R-rated popcorn fun.”
“Pacific Rim” (PG-13): Humongous sea monsters battle ginormous robots to the death in director Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Idris Elba — who roars in a key scene, “Today we are canceling the Apocalypse!”
“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (R): The stage is set for the comedian to dive into his dirty laundry and deliver material from his 2012 concert tour.
“Maniac” (not rated; for mature audiences): Frodo Baggins as a psycho-killer? Elijah Wood plays one in this remake of a 1980 slasher film. Says reviewer Jeff Shannon: The film “is a marathon of ‘Ewwwwww!!’ See it if you dare.”
TV and other releases
“Defiance: Season One”
“The Fall: Series 1”
“Shrek the Musical”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars — The Complete Season Five”
“Vikings: The Complete First Season”
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org