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Originally published Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:16 AM

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‘The Lego Movie,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Joe’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, June 17, include Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the Oscar-nominated animated tale “Ernest & Celestine,” Nicolas Cage’s “Joe” and “The Lego Movie.”


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New DVDs

Playful tales and one serious “Joe” come to DVD Tuesday, June 17. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.

★★★½  “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (R): Wes Anderson’s latest film follows an art-deco dream gone to seed. It begins with a more or less contemporary author (Tom Wilkinson) looking back on his visit to the G.B.H., then flashes back to the ’60s, where that writer as a younger man (Jude Law) talks to the hotel’s owner (F. Murray Abraham), who in turns tells a story from 1932, involving a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his sidekick (Tony Revolori). “And off we go,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, “on a caper (that’s) ... all wonderfully silly, in a very Anderson-ish way.”

★★★½  “Ernest & Celestine” (PG): Nominated for an Oscar, the animated feature tells the story of a mouse (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) and a bear (Forest Whitaker) who form a forbidden friendship.

★★★  “Joe” (R): Nicolas Cage uncorks a corker of a performance as an ex-con who takes a haunted-looking but scrappy teen (Tye Sheridan) under his wing.

★★★  “The Lego Movie” (PG): In this animated adventure, an ordinary Lego guy (voiced by Chris Pratt) gets mistakenly identified as The Special — the one who can save the world. Will everything be awesome?

★★★  “Vic + Flo Saw A Bear” (not rated; for mature audiences): Lovers/ex-cons Victoria (Pierette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer) try to start a new life in the woods of Quebec.

TV and other releases

“House of Cards: The Complete Second Season”

“Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders”

“Teen Wolf: Season 3, Part 2”

“Walk of Shame”

Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: luno@seattletimes.com



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