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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘The Judge,’ ‘Fury,’ ‘The Book of Life’ and ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

From left to right, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman (rear), Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal star in the war drama “Fury”   Photo courtesy of Sony

From left to right, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman (rear), Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal star in the war drama “Fury”Photo courtesy of Sony

There is a strong slate of home video releases this week, and it is anchored by a movie that helped actor Robert Duvall earn his seventh Academy Award nomination.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘Lucy’ and ‘Annabelle’

The title characters from the stop-motion animated movie “The Boxtrolls” are sadly misunderstood.   Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The title characters from the stop-motion animated movie “The Boxtrolls” are sadly misunderstood.

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This week’s major home video releases include two R-rated thrillers and a family friendly animated film.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Love Is Strange’

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the chief suspect when his wife goes missing in the David Fincher thriller “Gone Girl.”  Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the chief suspect when his wife goes missing in the David Fincher thriller “Gone Girl.”

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A pair of R-rated dramas anchor this week’s major home video releases.

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Top 10 Movies of 2014

From left to right, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Bradley Cooper plays Rocket, Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays Groot and Dave Bautista plays Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Forrest ranks the film among the best of 2014. Photo courtesy of Disney

From left to right, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Bradley Cooper plays Rocket, Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays Groot and Dave Bautista plays Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Forrest ranks the film among the best of 2014.

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As we march into the new year and prepare ourselves for upcoming awards shows, it’s appropriate to reflect on the best movies of 2014. As usual, the year produced sure bets from well-known auteurs and a strong crop of art-house darlings, but we also had terrific pictures emerge from the much-derided cinematic mainstream. In fact, a number of blockbusters cracked my top 10. Following is the cream of the 2014 movie crop, complete with notes on how you can see them.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Get On Up’

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”  Photo courtesy of Paramount

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”

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This week’s home video releases are anchored by a much-hyped project from writer-director Richard Linklater.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of “Pride” and “The Good Lie”

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Ger Duany star in “The Good Lie,” a drama inspired by the real-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Ger Duany star in “The Good Lie,” a drama inspired by the real-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

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This year, Christmas week is slow in terms of home video. Still, two small titles are worthy of mention, and both were inspired by real-life events.

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RiffTrax names worst films of 2014

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax's worst films of 2014 list."  Photo courtesy of Sony

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax’s worst films of 2014 list.”
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The votes are in, and the good folks at RiffTrax have unveiled results for their worst films of 2014 poll.

I agree that most of these movies are lousy, although I did like two. That just shows that I’m an independent thinker, right?

Following is the RiffTrax List. You can visit their site for the full commentary. Also, be sure to vote in the current “Worst Movies of the ’90s” poll.

 

RIFFTRAX’S WORST MOVIES OF 2014

10) “300: Rise of an Empire”

9) “Noah”

8) “Sex Tape”

7) “Quija”

6) “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ 

5) “Left Behind”

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