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Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell returned in the second season of 'The Americans'

Streaming Picks

Thor: The Dark World is good, campy fun, and now it's available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video. (Here's our review.) For family night, The Tigger Movie is now available on Netflix. The critically-acclaimed Sofia Coppola film Somewhere is newly available on Netflix as well. And your classic comedy-drama pick of the week is the 1960 film The Apartment, which you can find on Netflix.

Critics Roundup

Oscar predictions abound with only a few days left till the big event. For "Best Picture," many critics are calling 12 Years a Slave (our review) or Gravity (our review). Ramin Setoodeh for Variety says best picture will be "the most suspenseful award of the night." (Read Variety's full list of predictions here.) Peter Knegt for Indiewire says he is "just excited to be so uncertain this late in the race." Knegt also notes that the race for "Best Actor" is one of the most crowded in recent memory: Chiwetel Ejiofer, Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Christian Bale. For "Best Actress," Knegt thinks Cate Blanchett has it in the bag, yet Setoodeh thinks Amy Adams could upset, as does A.A. Dowd for The A.V. Club. Yet despite which films, actors, and directors ultimately win the awards, or "should" win the awards, Anthony Lane for The New Yorker remind us that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed to "'raise the cultural, educational, and scientific standards' of film." And Tim Wainwright reminds us that even if the Academy gets some things wrong, the Oscars are an opportunity to come together; maybe, he says, "taking an interest in our artistic output is a duty."

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