3 items from 2014
Once an actor makes it to the big time, their entire filmography is usually under intense public scrutiny. There’s a reason they are famous worldwide and command massive salaries — audiences are willing to watch anything they have their name attached to. But somehow, there are always projects with famous actors that never seem to get the attention they deserve. There are a number of reasons for this — maybe the film was made on a low budget, and didn’t have enough money to mount a widespread promotional campaign. Maybe the critics just didn’t get it at the time, or it was simply deemed less significant than some of their other work, their merits are overlooked in favor of films that won Oscars or made a lot of money.
Most A-listers have at least one or two of these films floating around, overshadowed by their blockbuster work. »
- Audrey Fox
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the most recent winner of the Best Picture Oscar, the highest grossing film of 2013, an American remake of a South Korean revenge classic, a few older titles, and more. Briefly: 12 Years a Slave [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (DVD / Blu-ray Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) The Grandmaster [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (50% off) Oldboy (+Ultraviolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (36% off) Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (Blu-ray) - $11.99 (40% off) Cold Comes the Night [Blu-ray] - $22.98 (96% off) The Last Days on Mars [Blu-ray] - $14.96 (50% off) Far and Away (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $16.99 (15% off) An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $14.99 (25% off) Garden State [Blu-ray] - $16.18 (19% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
3 items from 2014