There's a strong batch of home video releases this week, with acclaimed titles domestic and abroad, award-nominated studio films and independent hits. First is the Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, Daniel Day-Lewis collaborative biopic "Lincoln," which won some of 2012's best reviews:
"The movie is at its heart a 'West Wing'-ish political drama, talky and detailed, submerged in legislative maneuvering, shot in patient, unflashy golden tones by a subdued Spielberg." -- Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
More divisive is Andrew Dominik's long-awaited follow-up to "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," the more reasonably (and briskly) titled "Killing Them Softly:"
"This symbolism is all a little too neat but it’s also hard to quarrel with Dominik. These wise guys do business with the same carelessness as Wall Street only not so many people get hurt." -- Kirk Honeycutt, Honeycutt's Hollywood
From Denmark, the Oscar-nominated "A Royal Affair" also arrives:
This divisive Tim Heidecker vehicle from Rick Alverson may not play like a comedy, but it's bound to get you thinking:
"The film's director and writers are, it seems, very careful in allowing the film to have a deliberately vague sensibility, turning it into a cinematic Rorschach test." -- Josh Spiegel, Sound On Sight
But don't miss "Easy Money," which received lots of acclaim despite never getting a chance in the spotlight: