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Since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every week we do a little “what’s getting released on DVD/on demand/Netflix this week” round up for you, with nice little excerpts of our past reviews and more. You’ll love it. Trust us. This week we’re helping you catch up A24’s best early films:

OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • I Feel Pretty. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    For a film that has a very hip comedy cast and hopes to embrace the trendy body positivity movement, I Feel Pretty comes off as a bit of a throwback. The fact that this movie feels familiar isn’t always a bad thing. It’s written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the creative team behind the sweet and underrated tearjerker The Vow and most notably for the goofy gem Never Been Kissed.

OUT THIS WEEK & WORTH YOUR TIME:

  • Rampage. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    Frankly, that’s very good news. The greatest strength of Rampage is that everyone involved seems to know exactly what this film is: an action extravaganza based on an old arcade game that featured giant monsters set on destroying cities. The movie has slightly more nuance than that game, in that one of the animals that’s inadvertently exposed to the mutation-causing pathogen is George, a gorilla who has a life-long bond with Johnson’s character, a special forces officer turned primatologist named Davis Okoye. So, Davis becomes worried when the pathogen falls from space and infects George, causing George’s body and temper to become more monstrous at an exponential speed. Everyone else gets worried, too, especially when they find out that George wasn’t the only creature infected, and the others don’t have tight t-shirt wearing badasses trying to keep them calm.

  • You Were Never Really Here. Here’s what we said in our original review:
    Horrible things happen to people in Lynne Ramsay’s new film You Were Never Really Here. I saw the first trailer many moons ago and knew immediately that it would be a must-watch, but not every must-watch is for every person. As much as I liked You Were Never Really Here, it feels a bit wrong to say that I “enjoyed” it as it will be triggering for many people.

INSTANT VIEWING OF THE WEEK (early A24 edition):

  • Spring Breakers (now on Netflix). Here’s what we said in our original review:
    I have a feeling this film will go down in true cult film history, and not in the way Korine’s previous films have made a place in the collective consciousness. A viewer might not have seen all of Gummo, but they’re probably aware of the cat-drowning scene. Franco’s monologue about his untold riches as a self-made man, or the gratuitous, but humorous violence scored to Britney Spears’s breakup ballad “Everytime” will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater, the way a shoreline plays across the mind’s eyes long after you’ve shut your eyes. Spring break forever, bitches.

  • Enemy (now on Netflix). Here’s what we said in our original review:
    Enemy, the latest collaboration between director Denis Villeneuve and his star Jake Gyllenhaal, is not as ambitious as last year’s Prisoners, yet it’s just as menacing. Prisoners is an ensemble-driven thriller, with about a half dozen important speaking roles, while Enemy has only a handful (depending on how you count). Villeneuve’s latest is also an adaptation of the novel The Double by Portuguese novelist José Saramago, except it strips away major plot points in favor of darkly funny surrealist imagery. Like the best thrillers, Enemy is constantly building toward an inevitable resolution, and the startling result will certainly be divisive.

  • Under the Skin (now on Netflix). Here’s AA Dowd over at The AV Club:
    Under The Skin is rich with menacing atmosphere, so much so that viewers could probably tune out the narrative and still get on the proper wavelength. That said, the film is also an unlikely, un-missable showcase for its lead actress. Cast as much for her sex-symbol status as her chops, Johansson nevertheless delivers one of her most astonishing performances—one that essentially finds her playing a performer, albeit an unearthly one. Every gesture is artificial, every mannerism is a forced approximation of human behavior. This character, this creature on the prowl, is doing little more than an impersonation of mating rituals, but it’s working: Men impulsively flock to her, attracted to her receptiveness and unburdened by her apparent lack of personality. She’s the perfect seductress, more of a black widow here than she is as the Black Widow of the Marvel movies. But the film’s best scenes—including a haunting moment on the beach and a weirdly poignant encounter with a disfigured potential victim—also suggest a dawning moral awareness in the femme fatale. Just when Under The Skin seems to have settled into its groove, the film breaks in a new direction.

That’s it! Get streaming, kids.

 

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