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New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray for March 27th

From Oscar-nominated period pieces to independent comedies.

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:

Criticwire Average: B+ (108 ratings)

“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:”

Killing Them Softly
Criticwire Average: B (94 ratings)

“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:

A Royal Affair
Criticwire Average: B+ (39 ratings)

“Nicolaj Arcel’s Danish history lesson avoids several of the most glaring pitfalls of the genre — it is both illuminating and eminently entertaining.”Piers Marchant, Sweet Smell of Success

This divisive Tim Heidecker vehicle from Rick Alverson may not play like a comedy, but it’s bound to get you thinking:

The Comedy
Criticwire Average: B (38 ratings)

“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:

Easy Money
Criticwire Average: B+ (15 ratings)

“Thanks to sharp direction from Daniel Espinosa, the interlacing stories come together in a way that feels more organic than calculated.”Allison Loring, Film School Rejects

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