Between movie theaters, VOD, Redbox, Netflix and the rest of the streaming platforms, a lot of content dropped this week. I went through and found some of the best options you can watch this weekend. If you’re more in the mood to get out for a movie, we suggest checking out the offerings from our friends at the Belcourt.
Die Hard (Dec. 18 – Dec. 19)
“New York City Detective John McClane becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages, one of whom is his estranged wife, trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise office building when it is seized by terrorists on Christmas Eve.” Find out more about the Belcourt’s showing here.
It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 18 – Dec. 24)
When it comes to the holidays, you can’t go wrong with this classic. Paramount Movies Digital says, “George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all — and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?” Get tickets for this one here.
Tenet (Dec. 15)
We told you about Christopher Nolan’s newest action/thriller when it hit theaters this fall. In the movie, a secret agent has one mission — to prevent another world war. To do so, he’ll have to travel through time. Check out my review.
Echo Boomers (Dec. 15)
Echo Boomers is based off a true story. In the Seth Savoy directed film, thieves break into wealthy Chicago homes to try and get the life they think they deserve.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Dec. 18)
Netflix describes this drama as, “Tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session.” This one stars Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman and Glynn Turman. Read my review here.
Nocturnal Animals (Dec. 16)
Per the Netflix website: “Reading her ex-husband’s violent novel manuscript destabilizes gallery owner Susan’s life, upending her present while digging up their past.” This 2016 film stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon.
Greenland (Dec. 18)
Greenland is on VOD now. Gerard Butler stars in this film where “a family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.”
Max Cloud (Dec. 18)
Scott Adkins stars in this film described as “When teen gamer Sarah finds an “easter egg” and accidentally opens a portal into her favorite side-scroller, she becomes trapped in a notorious intergalactic prison, home to the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. To escape, she must finish the game with a little help from her not-so-savvy friend on the outside…or remain a 16-bit character forever.” Watch my review below.
I Used to Go Here (Dec. 20)
Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement star in I Used to Go Here. Kris Rey directed this indie comedy/drama where a successful author goes back to her college and becomes immersed in the lives of a few students.
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