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Catch up on some award-nominated movies new to DVD today

Barkhad Abdi has been nominated for awards for his performance in Captain Phillips
Barkhad Abdi has been nominated for awards for his performance in Captain Phillips
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So, while things are a tad dry at the local movie theater, now is a great time to check out the DVD racks, or check on whatever streaming media subscription service you are connected with because some great movies from 2013 are coming to the home video market. This week, two movies that have garnered awards from places like the Golden Globes and the SAG awards, or have been nominated, are coming to the home video market. So, if you are unimpressed with the fare at the local multi-plex, then here's your chance to catch up on some of the critically acclaimed movies from 2013.

Here are the movies new to DVD this week:

Captain Phillips - Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini. A telling of the true story of the captain of a huge tanker ship that was boarded by Somali pirates. Much of the movie takes place with Hanks and the newbie actors playing the pirates aboard an enclosed lifeboat. The action is simmering, intense, and the entire experience is rumored to be amazing. Yes, this one ended up mostly snubbed for Academy Awards, but it has been praised and nominated for other awards. The performance of Barkhad Abdi as the leader of the group of pirates has been rewarded and recognized. Rated PG-13.

Blue Jasmine - Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale. This is the movie that is likely to win Cate Blanchett an Academy Award. She has already won a Golden Globe and a SAG award. It's a Woody Allen film about the life and mental breakdown of a New York housewife. It doesn't sound like much with that description and there are some of you out there who would not watch a Woody Allen film if paid, but this one received almost universal critical acclaim. It was routinely put on the Best Of lists for 2013 and now the awards are rolling in. Check this one out. Rated PG-13.

Machete Kills - Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson. If seeing the powerful, searing and deep movies listed above are just not your thing, but truly mindless, over-the-top, ridiculous violence and mayhem are, then this one is for you. Trejo plays the titular Machete, who has been recruited by the US government for an impossible mission. Impossible for anyone - except Machete. This time he is after a Mexican cartel leader, but does plot really matter if you are a fan of these films? Explosions, guns, crazy action, wild stunts, blood, guts and constant mayhem are what this is about. If that's your thing, how can you not see this? Rated R.