This week’s major home video releases include two R-rated thrillers and a family friendly animated film.
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A pair of R-rated dramas anchor this week’s major home video releases.
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.
A new film from writer-director Kevin Smith and a revenge adventure starring Denzel Washington anchor this week’s home video releases.
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.
For many years, I was a voting member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Since I no longer contribute to any media outlets in Nevada, I have stopped voting with the group, but I still feel a kinship with the members, many of whom are personal friends. Because of that — and because the Las Vegas Critics always make interesting picks — I think its important for me to report on their 2014 Sierra Award winners.
This year, “Birdman” was the big movie, taking the group’s best picture award and ranking No. 1 on its annual top 10.
Following is the full list of winners.
LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2014 SIERRA AWARDS
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton, “Snowpiercer”