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Originally published Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The Great Beauty,’ ‘Punk Singer’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, March 25, include Academy Award nominee “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Italy’s “The Beauty,” which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film; and the family feature “Walking with Dinosaurs.”


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Buy, buy, buy? “The Wolf of Wall Street” hopes you do as it comes out on DVD Tuesday, March 25. Star ratings are by Seattle Times reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.

3.5 stars“The Wolf of Wall Street” (R): Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated movie, set in the late 1980s and ’90s, is “wickedly watchable,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. “As Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who spent years cheerfully defrauding investors, (Leonardo) DiCaprio is positively reptilian; he spits out his lines with a nasty glee. You’re both horrified and enchanted by this creature — a monster in Armani.”

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: best picture, director, actor (DiCaprio), supporting actor (Jonah Hill) and adapted screenplay.

3 stars“The Great Beauty” (not rated, for mature audiences; in Italian, with English subtitles): Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s Fellini-esque tale of modern Rome, as seen through the eyes of an aging writer (Toni Servillo) who’s spent years living the high life, won the best-foreign-language-film Oscar.

3.5 stars“The Punk Singer” (not rated; for mature audiences): Director Sini Anderson’s documentary chronicles Portland-born Kathleen Hanna’s rise from spoken-word poet to feminist icon by way of her bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin. It opens with a spoken-word performance by the riot-grrrl pioneer at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

2.5 stars“Walking with Dinosaurs” (PG): It’s got dino-poop jokes, an animated “Great Migration” tale and factoids that are, shhh, downright educational.

1.5 stars“Chinese Zodiac” (PG-13): Supposedly Jackie Chan’s last movie, about a treasure hunter searching the world for a set of mystic artifacts.

1.5 stars“Delivery Man” (PG-13): In this Hollywood remake of the 2011 French Canadian romantic comedy “Starbuck,” a slacker (Vince Vaughn) learns he’s sired 533 kids thanks to deposits at a fertility clinic.

TV on DVD

“Californication: The Sixth Season”

“Veep: The Complete Second Season”

Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: luno@seattletimes.com



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