Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "Mr. Turner" (2014)

Timothy Spall was criminally overlooked for a Best Actor nomination for this, one of Mike Leigh's finest films. An intimate portrait of British painter JMW Turner, this is a detailed, brave, entirely lived in performance like no other from last year, and as usual with Leigh's films, Spall is surrounded by a supporting cast that gives every bit character specific life, no matter how few scenes any one person is in. This is a movie that makes you feel as though you're transported back to this time and living and struggling its inhabitants. An emotional, moving experience that pays tribute to one of the world's greatest artists with a piece of art itself that honors him in every way.