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KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Some of Hollywood's hottest films are now available to view at home. Watch the video above to find out which one the FOX 4 film critics gave the highest rating.

 

1) AMERICAN SNIPER (R)

Warner Brothers

After taking a cinematic breather with the lightweight musical “Jersey Boys,” director Clint Eastwood returns to heavier territory with “American Sniper,” the true story of Chris Kyle, the US Navy Seal rifleman who was credited with over 160 kills in Iraq.

Bradley Cooper plays Kyle, a Texas good old boy whose undying patriotism motivated him to become the best sharpshooter the Navy ever produced.

As portrayed by Cooper, Kyle was a man who kept his emotions to himself. The movie’s atmosphere is a fitting reflection of this emotional repression. While austere, “American Sniper” is a fitting tribute to Kyle as well as a thoughtful depiction of the dehumanizing nature of war.

Shawn says, “Director Clint Eastwood returns to form with this brilliantly executed examination of the psychological effects of war. And Bradley Cooper delivers an exceptional performance.”

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bag

 

2) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 (R)

Paramount Pictures

Here are five words I thought I’d never say: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”

Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke return as ethically challenged stoners who used their time traveling skills to become fabulously wealthy. The plot doesn’t make a lick of sense, of course. It simply serves as an excuse for some sordid behavior played for laughs.

The ‘raunch-factor’ has been amped up a few more notches in this shamelessly crude and lewd feature. I reluctantly admit that it has its funny moments, but far too few to justify its length and the barrage of vulgarity you have to endure to get to them. I wanted to hop in the hot tub, go back in time and skip the movie.

Shawn says, “Yes, it's completely stupid but check the title. What were you expecting? OK, maybe a bit more. So most of the gags didn't actually work. Sometimes dumb fun works.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

3) LEVIATHAN (R)

Sony Pictures Classics

It's hard to imagine why Russian officials allowed "Leviathan," a scathing critique of local government corruption, to be one of last year's worthy nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. They probably gave it a pass because it's a brilliantly executed social critique and an intelligent look at the age-old struggle between the powerful and the powerless.

While very bleak and depressing, this tale of corruption in modern Russia is an intriguing reworking of the Biblical story of Job.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

 

4) STRANGE MAGIC (PG)

Touchstone

Spectacular animation collides with a tepid story and odd musical choices in George Lucas’ production, “Strange Magic.” This oddball tale about fairies vs. goblins lives up to half of its title. It’s not too magical, but it is strange. It was supposedly inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but this sweet-natured tale is for very undemanding tots only.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

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