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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Hercules’ and ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

In “Maleficent,” Angelina Jolie offers a fresh take on the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale.

In “Maleficent,” Angelina Jolie offers a fresh take on the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale.

This week’s major home video releases include an action spectacle starring Dwayne Johnson and a drastically revised version of “Sleeping Beauty.”

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘Afflicted’

Ifran Khan plays Saajan Fernandes in the foreign drama “The Lunchbox.”

Ifran Khan plays Saajan Fernandes in the foreign drama “The Lunchbox.”

No major, mainstream movies are making the transition to home video this week, and that puts the spotlight on a clever foreign drama and a limited-release horror film.

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Video Verdict: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘The Book Thief,’ ‘Out of the Furnace,’ ‘Homefront’

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

It’s another excellent week for home video with two Oscar nominees making their way to the small screen.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards air Jan. 16 on The CW

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards have a remarkable track record for predicting future Oscar winners, and they air live tonight (Jan. 16) on The CW. Tune in at 8 p.m. PT/ET.

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’12 Years a Slave’ tops Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s 2013 awards field

From left, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in "12 Years a Slave." The movie received five awards, including Best Picture, from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

From left, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie received five awards, including Best Picture, from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

Because I have reviewed film in Nevada for a long time, I am a member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, an organization that doles out awards every December. It’s great to be part of this organization because membership is relatively small, meaning everyone’s vote is important. Also, my fellow members are terrific. This week, we announced our award winners for 2013. Here’s a full list…

Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2013 Sierra Awards

Best Picture
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Director
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

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Video Verdict: ‘Prisoners,’ ‘Elysium,’ ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘One Direction: This Is Us’

Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Hugh Jackman star in the thriller “Prisoners.”

Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Hugh Jackman star in the thriller “Prisoners.”

Home video releases typically slow during Christmas and New Year’s week, but the days leading up to the holidays are jam-packed. That means we have a host of newcomers this week, and they range from a new take on the Lone Ranger to a dark drama centered on child abduction.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees announced

Sandra Bullock earned a best actress nomination for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards thanks to her work in "Gravity." The movie also received nine additional nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron).

Sandra Bullock earned a Best Actress nomination for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards thanks to her work in “Gravity.” The movie also received nine additional nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron).

Longtime readers know that I am a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), which hosts the nationally televised Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Each year, the BFCA (consisting of more than 280 television, radio and online critics) honors the best in film. Our nomination ballots were cast Friday and tallied over the weekend. That means the nominees represent a critical consensus from the group.

Next, BFCA members will vote for our favorites among these nominees. Winners will be crowned live Jan. 16 at our awards show in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast on The CW Network at 8 p.m. PT/ET.

Following is a complete list of nominees:

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