26 days to go!

Happy Tuesday, FFLs!

The Academy Awards air in just 26 days. How many Oscar-nominated films do you have left to see? I still have 37 left unchecked on my list (yikes). For the films I still have left to see, I’ve shared the most common outlets I’ve found they are available (below). Feel free to take notes/share other outlets for which you’ve found they are also available.

“20 Feet from Stardom” – Available on On Demand, Amazon, iTunes

“All is Lost” – Available on On Demand, Redbox (2/11), Amazon

“Before Midnight” – Available on Redbox, iTunes, Amazon

“Despicable Me 2” – Available on Netflix, Redbox, iTunes, Amazon

“Dirty Wars” – Available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes

“Frozen” – Still playing in theatres

“Nebraska” – Available on Redbox (2/25)

“Saving Mr. Banks” – Still playing in theatres

“The Croods” – Available on Netflix, Redbox, iTunes, On Demand

“The Invisible Woman” – Is coming back to a local theatre near me

“The Lone Ranger” – Available on Redbox, Amazon, iTunes

“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Still playing in theatres

Oscar Shorts – A local theatre of mine is showcasing all of the Oscar-nominated short films, beginning next week. Some theatres do special showings of the Oscar-nominated short films and/or bring back other Oscar-nominated films, before the Oscars air. Do some research to see if a local theatre near you is showcasing any of these films.

And then there are some I am having a hard time finding anywhere…

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” “Broken Circle Breakdown,” “Ernest & Celestine,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Omar,” “Philomena,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Hunt,” “The Missing Picture,” and “The Wind Rises.”

Any suggestions?  Please share!

I’m a little behind on my film reviews, I know, but I will try my hardest to get those posted ASAP.

-FJ

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Review: Prisoners

FJ Rating: Renter

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano

Director: Denis Villeneuve

R, 2 hr 33 min

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and his family are spending a quiet Thanksgiving at their neighbors’ house just down the street, when their peaceful holiday takes a turn for the worst: Keller’s six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing.  After a lack of evidence forces the lead detective on the case (Jake Gyllenhaal) to release their only suspect, Keller decides to take his daughter’s fate into his own hands.

I think “Prisoners” is definitely worth renting.  The film kept me guessing, and had me playing my own role as lead detective to the case.  Hugh Jackman did a great job at portraying the terror and sense of urgency that (I’m sure) goes along with having a child who’s gone missing, although you’ll think (more than once), he’s taking this wayyyy too far.  Maria Bello, who plays Hugh Jackman’s wife, did a fine job playing a mother whose life gets put on hold when her daughter’s whereabouts are completely unknown.  As for Jake Gyllenhaal’s role in the film,  I have never felt completely blown away by his work; I’m pretty impartial to him as an actor.  I thought his performance in “Prisoners” was okay.  All in all, “Prisoners” kept my attention throughout the film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I find myself watching it again on a Friday night.

Reserve your copy of “Prisoners” at Redbox!

40 days until the Oscars!  Have a great Tuesday, FFLs!

-FJ