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.
OUT THIS WEEK & WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Almost Christmas. Here’s what we said in our original review:
By and large, though, Almost Christmas is a success just by being better than most of the holiday films and family comedies that have come out in the last few years. It more than clears that low bar and is a good option for those looking for a warm, funny movie to distract them from the realities of life in 2016. Just make sure you steer clear of the trailer.
- Loving. Here’s what we said in our original review:
Richard and Mildred Loving did not want to become heroes for the civil rights movement. All they wanted was to mind their own business, and live quietly in rural Virginia. Loving, the new film from Jeff Nichols, is a quiet drama about ordinary, soft-spoken people whose interracial marriage becomes the subject of a seminal Supreme Court case. Nichols has no interest in legal procedure or even the interior lives of its characters. It maintains a respectful distance, and instead creates rhythms to unearth the deep bond between its two lead characters.
- Desierto. Here’s yours truly over at The Washington Post:
There are no surprises in Desierto. Every interaction, no matter how brutal, plays out exactly as you might suspect. Moises proves himself resourceful, outsmarting Sam during a pivotal scene, and the final confrontation is more poignant than vengeful. But the utter lack of surprise is not a bad thing, exactly, since awaiting the inevitable is its own kind of breathless suspense. Even if a beautiful and impenetrable wall was built on the border, people like Moises — decent and frightened — would find a way here because, sometimes, the promise of a better life is worth it.
INSTANT VIEWING OF THE WEEK (Bill Paxton RIP edition):
- Nightcrawler (now on Netflix). Here’s what we said in our original review:
Nightcrawler is not a happy film. But it is a darkly thrilling and mesmerizing one – rather like Louis’ videos – not to mention a gorgeous film to see and hear. And while it’s storytelling ambitions are a humble character study with a simple plot, Nightcrawler’s underlying moral revelation lands with a brutal punch.
- A Simple Plan (now on Amazon Prime). Here’s Roger Ebert:
The characters are rich, full and plausible. Raimi’s direction and the screenplay by Scott B. Smith are meticulous in forming and building the characters, and placing them within a film that also functions as a thriller. There is the danger that the theft will be discovered. The deepening hole of crime they dig for themselves. Suspense over the source of the money. Mystery over the true identity of some characters. And two confrontations in the woods–one suspenseful, one heartbreaking.
- Frailty (now on Netflix). Here’s Robert Koehler over at Variety:
A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, Frailty moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course. Though Brent Hanley’s script feels like it’s based on an account of white Anglo-Saxon serial killers run amok in middle America, it’s a genuine invention that has its cinematic roots in the rich soil plowed by such disparate works as Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter and Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
That’s it! Get streaming, nerds, and get more Paxton in your life.