This week on streaming video, we’ve got an Oscar-nominated drama, an animated treat, a couple of fascinating documentaries, and a darkly comic thriller on Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as some beloved classics, some prime television, and a few new films on FandangoNOW. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

Night Will Fall (2014) 100%

This documentary chronicles the making of another, one called German Concentration Camps Factual Survey that was commissioned by the British government — with help from Alfred Hitchcock — in 1945 and sat incomplete on the shelf for almost 70 years.

Available now on: Netflix


Ernest & Célestine (2014) 98%

This French-Belgian animated treat takes place in a world full of anthropomorphized bears who prey on mice, where an orphan mouse meets a hungry bear and the two form an unlikely bond.

Available now on: Netflix


I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) 89%

Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood star in this Netflix original film about a woman who teams up with her martial arts-obsessed neighbor to seek vengeance when her house is burglarized.

Available now on: Netflix


Kill Command (2016) 75%

This sci-fi action film takes place on an isolated island where a squad of futuristic marines embark on a routine training mission that turns out to be more than they expected.

Available now on: Netflix


The Lovers and the Despot (2016) 79%

This documentary tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a South Korean film star and her director husband, who were both kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to produce 17 films for him before they escaped.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

My Mother (2015) 84%

This French-Italian drama centers on a film director dealing with an ill mother at home and on-set problems with a testy American actor (played by John Turturro).

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Captain Fantastic (2016) 83%

Viggo Mortensen was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his work in this drama as a father of six navigating civilization again after raising his family deep in the woods.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on FandangoNOW

 

The Public Enemy (1931) 100%

James Cagney and Jean Harlow star in this classic gangster flick about the rise and fall of prohibition-era mobster Tom Powers.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


House Party (1990) 93%

This quintessential ’90s flick stars the hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play and Martin Lawrence in a comedy about a pair of aspiring rappers who try to pull of an epic party to show off their skills.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Fences (2016) 92%

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in Washington’s adaptation of the August Wilson play about a garbage collector and former Negro Leagues baseball star in 1950s Pittsburgh who takes out his frustrations on his family. Davis took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday for her performance.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Strike Back 85%

This Cinemax action series stars Sullivan Stapleton as an ex-Delta Force operative who teams up with British intelligence to capture an international criminal.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Banshee 90%

Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic star in Cinemax’s gritty, sexy drama about an ex-con who assumes the role of town sheriff when the real sheriff is killed before anyone meets him.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) 85%

Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine star in this horror drama that explores the moral quandary posed by sentient child zombies.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Quarry 78%

Logan Marshall-Green stars in this Cinemax period crime drama about a Vietnam vet who returns home to Memphis, TN and gradually slips into a life of crime due to a rough repatriation.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Ali (2001) 68%

– Director’s Cut

Will Smith, Jon Voight, and Jamie Foxx star in Michael Mann’s profile of the legendary world champion boxer. The director’s cut available on FandangoNOW includes an additional eight minutes of footage.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Dumb & Dumber (1994) 68%

Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey play Harry and Lloyd, a couple of dimwits who drive across the country to return what they think is a misplaced briefcase to a woman Lloyd has fallen in love with.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Watchmen (2009) 65%

– Ultimate Cut

It’s the mid-1980s in an alternate universe US, where superheroes exist but are prevented from using their powers. When a new threat arises, former allies come together to ensure it fails. This Ultimate Cut of the film includes the animated Tales of the Black Freighter short spliced into the film.

Available now on: FandangoNOW

This week on home video, we’ve got a surprise animated hit from the typically dreary movie month of February, Wes Anderson’s latest winner, and the second season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning political drama. Plus, we’ve got some notable smaller releases, including an Oscar-nominated animation, a well-received David Gordon Green drama starring Nic Cage, and a handful of other indie films. Read on for details:



The LEGO Movie

96%

The LEGO Movie could have easily turned into a 100-minute toy commercial, but in the capable hands of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street), it became a loving tribute to the power of imagination. Chris Pratt voices Emmet, an everyman LEGO figure who stumbles into the role of LEGO savior when a mystical object fuses itself to his back. With the help of an eclectic team of “builders,” Emmett attempts to foil the nefarious plans of the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). Critics were positively charmed by The LEGO Movie, rewarding it with a Certified Fresh 96% on the Tomatometer thanks to imaginative animation, a hilarious script, and a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion. The Blu-ray includes a funny and informative commentary track featuring the directors, Pratt, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, and Alison Brie; a couple of making-of featurettes; and lots of short video tidbits, including an “Everything Is Awesome” sing-along. If you opt for the “Everything Is Awesome” Edition, you’ll also get the 3D version of the film, a 3D cast of Emmet’s face, a LEGO figurine of Vitruvius, and an exclusive “Meet the LEGO Builders” featurette.



The Grand Budapest Hotel

92%

A story within a story within a story, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the tale of Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the charismatic concierge of a luxurious mountain hotel who frequently offers his “services” to wealthy aging women. When one of them (Tilda Swinton) dies and leaves Gustave a precious painting in her will, her family becomes irate and attempts — by any means necessary — to retrieve the painting. Critics declared Grand Budapest — Certified Fresh at 92% — another triumph for Wes Anderson, replete with his trademark visual flourishes, wry wit, and a sprawling cast full of veterans like Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, and many more. The Blu-ray includes three featurettes, three short vignettes to accompany the film, and a 4-minute short following Bill Murray as he tours the various film shoot locations.



Ernest & Célestine

98%

One of this year’s ill-fated nominees for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, Ernest & Célestine is a French-Belgian animated film that takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphized bears (who live above ground) and mice (who live below). All young mice are taught that they are a choice snack for bears, but when a young orphan named Célestine is separated from her peers and encounters a hungry bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. Though the original film is voiced in French, American audiences were treated to a cast that included Paul Giamatti, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, and, in the lead roles, Forest Whitaker (Ernest) and Mackenzie Foy (Célestine). Critics were positively charmed by Ernest & Célestine, calling its story sweet and its old-fashioned visual aesthetic delightful. The main bonus features are a 52-minute long making-of doc and a feature-length animatic (essentially a storyboard recreation of the film).



House of Cards – Season Two

Netflix had itself a bona fide hit with House of Cards, whose first season ended with Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood accepting the post of Vice President while journalists Zoe, Lucas, and Janine (Kate Mara, Sebastian Arcelus, and Constance Zimmer) probed deeper into his shady activities. Season two finds Frank eager to remove himself even further from any possible scandal, as he deftly continues to manipulate his way up the chain of power. Critics rated this most recent season Certified Fresh at 85% on the Tomatometer, noting that the series continued to deliver the kinds of powerful performances, strong writing, and crisp cinematography typical of contemporary premium cable drama. Extras on the season boxset include a glimpse of the show’s table reads and featurettes covering the differences between the series and the original 1990s British miniseries that inspired it, Frank’s habit of breaking the fourth wall, and more.

Also available this week:

  • David Gordon Green’s Joe (83%), starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in a Certified Fresh drama about an ex-con who befriends a teen and becomes his protector.
  • The Machine (78%), a sci-fi thriller about two programmers who create a self-aware AI, only to have it commandeered by the government.
  • Walk of Shame (13%), starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in a comedy about a news reporter who gets stranded in the wrong part of town after a drunken one-night stand.
  • Authors Anonymous (7%), starring Kaley Cuoco and Chris Klein in a comedy about a support group for unpublished authors whose members are rankled when one of them becomes an overnight success.
  • And lastly, a whopping three releases from the Criterion Collection: Georges Franju’s 1963 crime thriller Judex (100%) is available for the first time in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, and Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (94%) and Peter Davis’s documentary Hearts and Minds both get new DVD/Blu-ray re-releases. Also, an additional note for all of your Criterion aficionados out there: As per a recent announcement, The Criterion Collection will resume separate DVD and Blu-ray packages, beginning with their September releases later this year.

This week at the movies, we’ve got a turbulent flight (Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore) and the greatest story ever told (Son of God, starring Diogo Morgado and Greg Hicks). What do the critics have to say?



Non-Stop

62%

Having proven his tough-guy bona fides on the streets of Paris (Taken), in the desert (The A-Team), across the wolf-infested tundra (The Grey), and on the sea (Battleship), Liam Neeson brings his unflappable demeanor (and his unforgiving fists) to the skies in Non-Stop. Critics say the result is reasonably entertaining but utterly preposterous, with a few good fight scenes and a couple groan-worthy plot twists. On a flight from New York to London, federal air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a text informing him that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150 million is deposited into a secure bank account. The pundits say Non-Stop benefits immeasurably from Neeson’s hard-bitten presence, but its implausible plot proves distracting over the long haul. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Neeson’s best-reviewed films.)



Son Of God

21%

The life of Jesus has inspired filmmakers since the dawn of cinema, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t new ways of telling even the most familiar of stories. Unfortunately, critics say Son of God is well-meaning but dramatically inert, a film that recounts the major events of the Gospels without delving more deeply into Jesus’ message. Son of God is an abridged version of the History Channel’s 10-hour miniseries The Bible starring Diogo Morgado as the King of Kings; you probably know the broad outlines of the story by now. The pundits say Son of God‘s greatest hits approach fails to generate much heat or passion.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Oscar-nominated animated feature Ernest & Célestine, about the friendship between a mouse and a bear, is at 100 percent.
  • The Lunchbox, starring Irfan Khan in a romantic dramedy about an unwitting penpal relationship between a neglected housewife and a lonely widower, is at 96 percent.
  • Two Lives, starring Liv Ullmann in a drama about a woman whose past comes to light with the fall of the Berlin Wall, is at 86 percent.
  • Fatal Assistance, a documentary about the troubled relief effort in the wake of the 2009 Haiti earthquake, is at 71 percent.
  • Stalingrad, an IMAX 3D epic about the brutal World War II battle, is at 48 percent.
  • Almost Human, a sci-fi horror flick about a man who returns to earth after being abducted by aliens, is at 42 percent.
  • Odd Thomas, starring Anton Yelchin and Willem Dafoe in a supernatural thriller about a small town resident with the ability to see ghosts, is at 29 percent.
  • HairBrained, starring Brendan Fraser and Parker Posey in a comedy about the friendship between a precocious teen and a fortysomething slacker at a small liberal arts college, is at 22 percent.
  • The Bag Man, starring John Cusack and Robert De Niro in a thriller about a crook hired to make a delivery to a powerful crime lord, is at 9 percent.
  • Chlorine, starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Kyra Sedgwick in a dramedy about a banker who scams a tennis pro in an upscale suburb, is at zero percent.

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