This is far from a crowded week for home video releases, with only three films garnering a double-digit number of ratings. Luckily, what does arrive this week is well-received, diverse genre fare and includes the biggest awards darling of the season, so there’s something for everyone.
“Made with brisk confidence and technical precision, ‘Argo’ is a spy thriller of a buttoned-up old school variety; we’re not given a lot of emotional attachments to these characters, and the reward for a job well done is a pat on the back, not an explosion of grateful tears. But ‘Argo’ is so sure-footed that it picks you up and carries you along with it anyway.” – Katey Rich, Cinema Blend
“In his third outing as a filmmaker, Ben Affleck has ceded screenwriting duties and focused solely on directing, leading to a flawlessly made film. From the period details to the cast to the pacing, Affleck has upped his game considerably. Not only does he do outstanding work in recreating the time and place of the movie, he also opts to use big sets and tons of extras, helping to fuel the 70′s feel that permeates the flick.” – Joey Magidson, Awards Circuit
“The movie looks beautiful, it boasts solid-to-superb performances, and its technical virtues are clear. But ‘Anna Karenina’’s soaring ambitions, while they should be applauded, end up holding it back just a bit.” – Josh Spiegel, Sound On Sight
“Utilizing a stream of consciousness narrative structure, each scene melts seamlessly into the next, like an extravagantly rendered dream. The choreography and fluidity of it all is downright astounding. I might even go as far as calling ‘Anna Karenina’ a visual masterpiece.” – Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit
“But every so often something sneaks into major release that surprises you by making the dark walk home through quiet streets feel like it could be your last, and causing you to turn on every light once you’re safely indoors. Writer/director Scott Derrickson’s new film, ‘Sinister,’ is one of those rare gems.” –Ian Buckwalter, Washingtonian