This week’s major home video releases include a thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson and a new adaptation of one of the world’s best-loved novels.
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This week’s home video releases include a raucous teen comedy, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and a fantasy project based on a classic fairy tale.
Some years, it’s a struggle to find 10 movies that feel like classics … movies that will still deserve praise a decade or more in the future. This was not one of those years. In fact, the trick for 2012, was weeding through the bumper crop of great films in an effort to find the year’s absolute best. For my top 10 of 2012, read THIS STORY that I wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
As the readers of this blog know I am a huge movie buff year-round. Unfortunately sometimes I grow weary of the blockbuster movies that are usually popular in the summer. For some reason I don't usually like super hero movies. I've always prefered characters that I can relate to, even in a complete fantasy. For instance, Harry Potter may be in a complete fantasy world but his character and skill-set are mostly things I can relate to.
Readers from the Reno, NV, area may be interested in knowing that I will be reviewing movies and home video releases for Reno’s Fox affiliate, Fox 11 News, beginning Thursday (Feb. 9). My segment — Flix Pix — will appear at 11 p.m. Thursdays on “11 at 11,” the station’s nightly news show. Needless to say, I’m excited about this, as I haven’t worked in TV for some time.
I hope all of you that live in the Reno-Sparks market will tune in and support Fox 11. We’re hoping this is the beginning of a long and enjoyable relationship.
WINNERS OF THE 17TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Viola Davis – “The Help”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
As usual this time of year, I’m preparing for my annual trek to L.A. for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. It’s always a great show, and I hope all of you will consider watching at home. Below, is a promotional video with details.
This week’s home video crop is led by two family friendly offerings. One is an inspirational, live-action movie based on a true story. The other is a big-budget, animated feature bolstered by a star-studded voice cast.
Video Verdict: ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ ‘Unknown,’ ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,’ ‘The Eagle,’ ‘Cedar Rapids’
A lot of noteworthy films are making their way to home video this week, including a new action movie from Liam Neeson, a family film based on the works of writer Jeff Kinney, and a supernatural drama starring Matt Damon.
This week’s home video releases are anchored by two powerful dramas: one that paints an ugly picture of corporate America and one that received 10 nominations in the most recent Oscar race.