This week’s DVD/Redbox/Blu-ray picks are chock-full of Oscar-nominated films, everything from Spielberg’s debut in animation directing to George Clooney’s acclaimed performance. Pick up an Oscar-nod and spend the weekend watching 2011’s most talked about films.
No. 1 — My Week with Marilyn
Michelle Williams becomes Marilyn Monroe right down to the curve in this sexy yet fun bio-pic about the famed actress’ trip to England while shooting a film in 1956. Period piece meets excellent acting, who could ask for anything more?
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% fresh
Movie review: Step back in time with Marilyn >>
No. 2 — The Descendants
Clooney, you had us at ER. You don’t need to prove yourself. Forget about that French guy. We love you. In the role that gave Clooney his fourth nomination as an actor, The Descendants is the story of a man dealing with his wife’s coma and her unfortunate extramarital affair.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% fresh
Movie review: George Clooney plays a broken man in The Descendants >>
No. 3 — The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg says buh-bye to live action for this debut in animation directing with the screen adaptation of the beloved children’s comics, Tintin.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74% fresh
Movie review: Spielberg helms a classic in The Adventures of Tintin >>
No. 4 — Young Adult
Charlize Theron teams up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody for this quirky comedy about a thirtysomething who just can’t grow up. The coming-of-age film about a young adult fiction writer brought Theron critical acclaim for her performance.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81% fresh
Movie review: Charlize plays the perfect prom queen you love to hate >>
No. 5 — Happy Feet Two
The sequel to the beloved singing penguins of the first Happy Feet shows us a world in the snowy tundra of South America where dancing is almost as important as singing.
Rotten Tomatoes: 44% splat