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Video Verdict: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Nebraska,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’

Tom Hiddleston, left, plays Loki and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor: The Dark World.”

Tom Hiddleston, left, plays Loki and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor: The Dark World.”

It’s a fantastic week for home video with several good movies – including two nominated for multiple Academy Awards – moving to the small screen.

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Video Verdict: ‘Foreign Correspondent’

Albert Bassermann plays Van Meer in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller, “Foreign Correspondent.”

Albert Bassermann plays Van Meer in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller, “Foreign Correspondent.”

It’s a particularly slow week for home video, as no major theatrical releases are making their way to the small screen. That makes it the perfect time for film lovers to revisit a classic, and the Criterion Collection is delivering a restored version of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s first American movies.

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Video Verdict: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘All Is Lost,’ ‘The Best Man Holiday,’ ‘The Counselor’

Asa Butterfield, left, and Harrison Ford star in “Ender’s Game.”

Asa Butterfield, left, and Harrison Ford star in “Ender’s Game.”

This week’s home video releases range from a Ridley Scott thriller to a cinematic adaptation of a popular science-fiction novel.

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Video Verdict: ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘About Time,’ ‘Escape Plan’

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Rachel McAdams star in the romantic drama “About Time.”

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Rachel McAdams star in the romantic drama “About Time.”

This week’s home video releases include a romantic time-travel film and a drama that scored six Oscar nominations.

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Video Verdict: ‘Runner Runner,’ ‘The Act of Killing,’ ‘The Following: Season 1′

Justin Timberlake, right, and Ben Affleck star in the thriller “Runner Runner.”

Justin Timberlake, right, and Ben Affleck star in the thriller “Runner Runner.”

This week’s home video releases include an award-winning documentary, the first season of a fantastic TV series, and a crime thriller featuring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.

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Video Verdict: ‘Don Jon’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Don Jon.” Gordon-Levitt was the primary creative force, writing, directing and starring in the film.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Don Jon.” Gordon-Levitt was the primary creative force, writing, directing and starring in the film.

It’s another slow week for home video, as only one major theatrical release is moving to the small screen.

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Video Verdict: ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′

Danielle Bisutti gets creepy in the horror movie “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

Danielle Bisutti gets creepy in the horror movie “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

Many movie studios decided to take a break for Christmas week, as only one major theatrical release is making it’s way to home video.

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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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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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Video Verdict: ‘Despicable Me 2,’ ‘Fast & Furious 6′

Despicable Me 2 - HorizontalTwo big-budget sequels anchor this week’s home video releases.

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