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Video Verdict: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘The Book Thief,’ ‘Out of the Furnace,’ ‘Homefront’

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

Christian Bale takes the law into his own hands in “Out of the Furnace.”

It’s another excellent week for home video with two Oscar nominees making their way to the small screen.

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Video Verdict: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ ‘Snitch’

Michelle Williams, far left, plays Glinda and James Franco (by her side) plays the title character in “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Michelle Williams, far left, plays Glinda and James Franco (by her side) plays the title character in “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

This week’s home video releases range from a high-octane action film starring Dwayne Johnson to a modern-day prequel to the “Wizard of Oz.”

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Video Verdict: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Fright Night,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

John Lithgow, left, embraces Caesar the chimp in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Caesar is computer animated, but Andy Serkis – working with motion capture technology – provided the basis for the performance.

There’s not much originality on the home video front this week, as the most noteworthy releases are a sequel, a remake and a reboot.

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Video Verdict: ‘127 Hours,’ ‘Love & Other Drugs,’ ‘Burlesque,’ ‘Faster’



James Franco finds himself in a tight spot in “127 Hours,” a drama based on the real-life experiences of adventurer Aron Ralston.

This week’s major home video releases span several genres and include everything from a campy musical starring Cher and Christina Aguilera to an Oscar-nominated drama starring James Franco.

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Video Verdict: ‘Eat Pray Love,’ ‘The Expendables,’ ‘I’m Still Here’

Julia Roberts tries to find herself in “Eat Pray Love,” a movie adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir.

This week’s home video releases range from a star-studded action film to a drama about a woman in search of enlightenment.

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Video: James Franco on ‘Milk’

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‘Pineapple Express’ goes up in smoke

Let’s clear the air both literally and figuratively. It’s not funny to watch people get stoned.

Sure, there’s the momentary snigger that comes when folks make idiots of themselves, but it’s difficult to extend that sort of humor beyond 15 minutes. That’s why the Harold & Kumar flicks were dreadful. It’s why “Dude, Where’s My Car?” was unwatchable. And it’s why “Pineapple Express” is a waste of two hours and $10.

Click here for full review: http://m.rgj.com/news.jsp?key=93045

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