A hilarious script and pitch-perfect cast made this caper about a 1970s sting one of 2013’s most enjoyable films, said the Chicago Sun-Times. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence all earned Oscar nominations playing variations on the theme of the con.
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Frozen “embraces the classic Disney tradition, while avoiding stock conventions,” said USA Today. The tale of a princess on a journey to find her estranged sister took home this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar and is currently the second-highest-grossing animated film in history.
Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles “looks absolutely divine” in its new Blu-ray edition, said the Norfolk Virginian Pilot. Each frame contains “all requisite detail,” and the set’s bundle of extras includes a three-part making-of documentary.