DVD releases

“Pitch Perfect”

A college student (Anna Kendrick) finds herself hanging with the wrong crowd.

This movie about college a cappella groups isn’t sharp or flat. The script and cast are in such harmony in “Pitch Perfect,” it is definitely a Glee-ful hit.

As an added bonus, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks are hilarious as former a cappella singers who now do the announcing and color commentary for the competition telecasts. There hasn’t been such a funny commentary team since “Best in Show.”

Grade: B+

“Total Recall”

A man tries to deal with an identity crisis.

Director Len Wiseman, the master of the “Underworld” movies and actress Kate Beckinsale’s husband, has shifted the film focus away from the psychological elements for a more physical approach. Once the film starts, it is a white-knuckle thrill ride that doesn’t offer too many chances to breathe.

Grade: B

“Trouble With the Curve”

An aging scout (Clint Eastwood) battles the new computerized baseball world.

This film is a by-the-numbers story of an aging professional baseball scout, played with cantankerous splendor by Clint Eastwood, and the daughter he’s kept at a distance, played with perfect perkiness by Amy Adams.

Grade: C

Also new

“Sometimes a Great Notion”: The Paul Newman film make its Blu-ray debut.

“Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go To War”: A look at how John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.

“The Good Doctor”: The story of what happens when medicine goes wrong. Orlando Bloom stars.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

More in Life

Gardening tools: Experts help through hotline, drop-in clinics

The WSU Extention program is meant to help gardeners with their plant and pest problems.

Here’s how to add your plant sale to the Herald’s yearly guide

We’re taking listings now for our annual list of sales in April, May and June. Don’t forget yours.

Another sign of spring: Fun facts about the Pacific tree frog

This time of year, chorus frogs can be heard singing for a mate in evenings and mornings.

Great Plant Pick: Abies koreana, Korean fir

What: Aristocratic in appearance and slow growing, Abies koreana, commonly called Korean… Continue reading

Here are 7 locally made beers to try for this St. Patrick’s Day

Sound to Summit in Snohomish made one of the brews especially for Shawn O’Donnell’s restaurants.

Walla Walla nearly as famous for its grapes as for its wines

More than 130 wineries call the valley home, making it a destination for wine tourists.

The customer is king at Tabby’s Coffee in Everett library

Starbucks barista-turned-coffee shop owner Tabitha “Tabby” Tarter is big on customer service.

Here are 8 ways celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Snohomish County

Local events include Shamrock concerts, leprechaun sightings and Celtic dancing, bagpipers and more.

Schack’s juried art show features 121 Northwest artists

The show’s two judges awarded Rick Holst with the grand prize for his U.S. map, a work titled “Avoca.”

Most Read