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Video Verdict: ‘Her,’ ‘That Awkward Moment,’ ‘I, Frankenstein’

Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his computer operating system in “Her.”

Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his computer operating system in “Her.”

This week’s home video releases offer a new take on Frankenstein’s monster, a sex comedy featuring several young stars, and an offbeat dramedy about romance and technology.

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Video Verdict: ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ ‘The Big Wedding’

Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton star in “The Big Wedding.”

Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton star in “The Big Wedding.”

This week’s biggest home video releases have a lot of star power, but they are unfortunately light in more important areas.

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Video Verdict: ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘The Rum Diary’

Michael Shannon struggles with a feeling of impending doom in the psychological thriller “Take Shelter.”

It’s a slow week for home video, with no wide-release theatrical films making their way to the small screen. That’s not such a bad thing, however, because it allows me to spotlight two noteworthy independent projects.

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Video Verdict: ‘Battle Los Angeles,’ ‘Hall Pass,’ ‘Red Riding Hood,’ ‘Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son’

Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie in “Red Riding Hood,” a modernization of the classic fairy tale.

This week’s major home video releases include two mainstream comedies, an update of a classic fairy tale and a science-fiction thriller starring Aaron Eckhart.

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Ask Forrest: How ’bout Eckhart?

Aaron Eckhart in "the Dark Knight."

Aaron Eckhart in "The Dark Knight."

Question: About a week and a half ago, you reviewed “The Dark Knight” DVD release and gave it its deserved due. But you, as everybody has, elevated Heath Ledger to acting-sainthood, while the performance that I found most fascinating in the film has been mostly ignored by all media. Of course, I’m referring to Aaron Eckhart’s turn as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, perhaps the most tragic figure ever in the Batman Rogues Gallery.

In the course of the film, while the Joker appears already fully formed, Dent gets to transform. I never once connected with the Joker, while Two-Face stirred my feelings up for weeks after I witnessed Eckhart’s performance. If you ask an actor or an acting teacher what makes a good performance, they will usually tell you that the broader emotional arc a character has to pursue makes for a more remarkable experience. The Joker makes virtually no emotional journey during “The Dark Knight,” while Two-Face goes almost literally from Heaven to Hell. Where is the press for Eckhart?

Answer: You just succeeded in creating at least a little press, so I hope Eckhart appreciates your efforts.

As for your question …

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