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The world is…interesting right now, to say the least. And there’s a fairly good chance that you’re suddenly stuck inside your house right now, or at least hesitant to go out. Not to worry: You can stay in and watch some Blu-rays. You don’t even have to leave the house to get them – order them online and have them show up on your doorstep. And if you need some help regarding what to pick up, these are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.Uncut Gems
It’s the movie everyone can’t stop talking about – the movie that many thought would ensure Adam “The Sandman” Sandler an Oscar nomination. It’s Uncut Gems, the Safdie Brothers‘ anxiety-inducing saga of gambling addict Howard Ratner Sandler, a jeweler who thinks he has a sure thing in the form of a rare black opal. But nothing goes according to Howard’s plans – he ends up handing the opal off to Kevin Garnett playing himself, and then his life proceeds to spiral completely out of control. His gambling debts put him in potential danger, and to make matters worse, every time he has a chance to climb out of the hole, his poor decisions put him right back in there. It’s perhaps a reflection of our troubled, turbulent times that so many people took to this movie, which is 135 minutes of screaming, tension, and jaw-dropping horror it’s pretty funny, too. While I didn’t love Uncut Gems as much as some I prefer the Safdie’s previous film, Good Time, I can’t deny the skill at work here. And Sandler is just as good as everyone says. Hell, he’s better.
Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:
I sure wish this release came with more special features – there’s only one, a making-of. A commentary would’ve been ideal – especially if they had managed to talk Sandler into doing it. Alas, it was not to be. But Uncut Gems is worth picking up anyway. But be sure to hold onto it tight – and whatever you do, don’t lend it to Kevin Garnett.
Special Features Include:“Money on the Street: The Making of Uncut Gems” Featurette Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels, the latest attempt to reboot the TV series of the same name, has a lot going for it. The leads – Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska – are incredibly likable, and they all have a fun, easy-going chemistry with one another. There’s also a handful of funny moments – mostly from Kristen Stewart, who shows a real knack for comedy here. But the film ultimately suffers from a rather blah script, and some uninspired direction. Elizabeth Banks directs, as well as co-stars. And while I think Banks is a genuinely good performer, she’s yet to hit her stride and find her voice when...
Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.
Looking for something to stream right now? Good, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything here! Well, not everything, that would be impossible. But there are a lot of great titles available to watch right this now – they’re only a streaming service away. These are the best movies streaming right now.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Farewell Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
Lulu Wang‘s heartfelt, emotional dramedy proved that Awkwafina has more range than we were giving her credit for. The actress, primarily known for comedy, turns in a mostly dramatic performance, and what a great performance it is. Awkwafina plays Billi, a Chinese-American woman who returns to China when she learns her beloved grandmother Zhao Shu-zhen is dying. Custom dictates that the family keep the impending death a secret – something Billi is not comfortable with, but goes along with anyway. This premise could’ve descended into generic indie drama territory, but Wang’s script is so sharp – loaded with small, yet powerful moments – that The Farewell packs an unexpected punch.
For fans of: Coco, Eat Drink Man Woman, crying.Serpico Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Crime Drama
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Al Pacino, Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler
One of the great New York crime dramas, Sidney Lumet‘s Serpico stars Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, an undercover cop who seems to be the only person on the entire police force who doesn’t take bribes. This causes Serpico’s fellow officers to be mighty ticked-off at him, and things only get worse when he tries to expose the corruption. Pacino gives one of his most iconic performances here, and we get to watch the great actor as he takes the happy-go-lucky Serpico who first starts out on the force, and then slowly turns him into a more and more disillusioned man.
For fans of: Dog Day After Noon, Carlito’s Way, young Pacino.Honey Boy Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Alma Har’el
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs.
Shia LaBeouf works through some demons with Honey Boy, a fictionalized autobiography of sorts. LaBeouf plays a character based on his own father, while Noah Jupe is a child actor based on the young LaBeouf. Their relationship is anything but ideal, and it’s clear the...