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Lincoln frees the Red Box from mediocrity

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This presidential film is beautifully acted and directed. With some of the best performances of 2012, you won't want to miss out on this DVD. Already seen it? Check out what else is new on DVD.

1) Lincoln

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated-film was thought to be the front-runner for best picture, especially since Argo’s director, Ben Affleck, wasn’t even nominated for Best Director. But Lincoln would have to settle for winning Best Leading Actor (Daniel Day Lewis) and Best Production design. This film is poignant, witty and breathtakingly powerful. If you didn’t see it in the theater, you must rent this film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

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2) Parental Guidance

Starring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal star as old-school grandparents who tackle watching their grandkids for one wild week. Crystal is magical when he acts alongside kids and lifts the so-so script to comedic gold. This is a must-see if you have grandkids or ever struggle with your parents about the best way to raise children.

Rotten Tomatoes 19% (But the audience gave it 65%)

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3) Killing Them Softly

Brad Pitt plays a hit man hired by the mob after an underground gambling operation gets robbed by three not-so-wise guys. Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini play fellow mobsters in this bloody crime drama.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

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4) To the Arctic

A land where snow, ice fishing and frigid temperatures are the norm doesn’t sound like an ideal place to raise children, but for one mama polar bear, it’s all she’s got. Meryl Streep narrates this spectacular film about an animal family struggling to survive in the arctic wilderness.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

5) A Royal Affair

This corset-ripper promises sexually charged intrigue and royal power struggles that may just ruin several lives. Inspired by the life of the possibly insane Danish King Christian VII, this movie details his love triangle with his royal physician and his young Queen as the citizens of Denmark fight for a better life.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Photo credit: Dreamworks
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