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Video Verdict: ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘Mama,’ ‘Safe Haven’

Tom Cruise plays the title character in the thriller “Jack Reacher.” The film is based on the Lee Child novel “One Shot.”

Tom Cruise plays the title character in the thriller “Jack Reacher.” The film is based on the Lee Child novel “One Shot.”

This week’s home video releases cover a lot of territory ranging from action to romance. They also sport several big name stars, the most noteworthy being Jessica Chastain and Tom Cruise.

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Video Verdict: ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘This is 40’

Jessica Chastain landed a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a U.S. intelligence operative in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Jessica Chastain landed a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a U.S. intelligence operative in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

This week’s home video releases include several key players from the most-recent Academy Awards race.

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Video Verdict: ‘That’s My Boy,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Madagascar 3,’ ‘Chernobyl Diaries’

Adam Sandler, left, and Andy Samberg play father and son in the comedy “That’s My Boy.”

An Adam Sandler comedy and a sweet film by writer-director Wes Anderson anchor this week’s home video releases.

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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: ‘The Help,’ ‘The Debt,’ ‘The Hangover Part II,’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

From left to right, Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), Minnie Jackson (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) share a moment in “The Help.”

This week’s major home video releases include an oddball science-fiction adventure, a sequel to one of the biggest comedy hits of all time and a drama that may wind up in the Oscar race.

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Video Verdict: ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Judy Moody,’ ‘Zookeeper’

Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, an adventurous test pilot who becomes the heroic title character in “Green Lantern.”

A lot of theatrical releases are making their way to home video this week, and they range from a big-budget superhero flick to a poetic drama from one of the film industry’s maverick directors.

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