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‘Enough Said,’ ‘The Butler,’ ‘The Spectacular Now,’ ‘Carrie’
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 14, include the romantic comedy “Enough Said,” the fact-based drama “Fruitvale Station,” the teen comedy/drama “The Spectacular Now,” the updated “Carrie” and the historical “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.&rdquo
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey; Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Enough said? 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.
“Enough Said” (PG-13): Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls Nicole Holofcener’s romantic comedy “a joy, marred only by the poignancy of seeing the late James Gandolfini in one of his final screen appearances, trying on a persona that fits him uncannily well.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-stars.
“Fruitvale Station” (R): This fact-based drama — with Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer — follows a young man’s last day, before he was fatally shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at an Oakland, Calif., station.
“The Spectacular Now” (R): Two teenagers (Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley) struggle with their feelings about each other and the world.
“Carrie” (R): The girl with the telekinetic powers (this time played by Chloë Grace Moretz) and her madwoman mother (Julianne Moore) are back.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (PG-13): Focusing on a family led by butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) and his wife (Oprah Winfrey), the drama records the history of segregation from inside and outside some very different White House administrations.
“20 Feet from Stardom” (PG-13): Backup singers get their moment in the spotlight.
“Blue Caprice” (R): Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond play the Beltway snipers.
“Short Term 12” (not rated): A manager (Brie Larson) of an institution for at-risk teens drives the drama’s narrative.
“A.C.O.D.” (R): Adam Scott stars as an adult child of divorce.
“Riddick” (R): Vin Diesel resurrects the sci-fi series as the hero with the glow-in-the-dark, night-vision eyeballs.
“A Single Shot” (R): A hunter (Sam Rockwell) becomes the hunted.
“I’m in Love with a Church Girl” (PG): What happens when a reformed drug dealer (Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins) meets a devout Christian (Adrienne Bailon).
“You’re Next” (R): Men wearing animal masks and wielding crossbows stalk a family at a remote mansion. No star rating provided.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org