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Watch at Home: Killing Sacred Deers in Moonlit Hidden Worlds

The heads up on what's newly available right now to screen at home.

New on DVD/Blu-Ray
How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World - do we think this has a shot at the Oscar or was the conversation too muted? The series hasn't yet won the gold.
Isn't It Romantic  If you can't get enough Rebel Wilson in movie theaters with The Hustle, you can try her romantic comedy from earlier in the year. We haven't actually caught this yet. If you have do let us know what you thought in the comments as we're curious about it.
The Upside Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart led this unexpected hit based on the French blockbuster The Intouchables.

New to streaming titles and iTunes deals on the ultra cheap are after the jump...

Notable iTunes 99¢ Rentals

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - Yorgos Lanthimos does it again... but define "it". I go back and forth on this picture but I'm just glad I was witness to Nicole Kidman doing kinky anesthetia roleplay with Colin Farrell. I once threatened to write 1000 words on Kidman's performance in this and didn't. Missed the window but damn, she's fascinating in it. 
20th Century Women - Easily wins the title of single most underappreciated perfect thing in recent years
Doctor Zhivago - If you adjust for inflation it's still in the top 10 movies of all time. Of those 10 it's by far the least discussed, though
Year of the Dog  - Remember this promising Molly Shannon performance which she's totally made good on since? The supporting cast is so fun, too: Regina King + Laura Dern!

New on Various Streaming Platforms
As we do with our monthly what's streaming survey we always play 'streaming roulette' here -i.e. whatever image you're seeing is exactly what came up when we randomly scrolled to pick one.

You try'na get smart with me, huh Chiron?

Moonlight (2016) on Netflix
What a movie. It remains a miracle that this won the Oscar so don't ever let anyone tell you that the preferential ballot for Best Picture is a flop. Also, it's so wonderful (and was not a done deal given both Hollywood fickleness and intangible elements of luck/fate with showbiz careers) that both of these young actors have real careers now. So good on Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders for working their mutual breakthrough.

-How was Mexico?

Jesus' Son (2000) on Prime and Hulu
This won two acting medals at the very first Film Bitch Awards (!) for Samantha Morton and Billy Crudup. It's underdiscussed today (and we don't remember it well) but we sure did love it at the time... time to revisit now that it's so easy to see for the time being. In related news: Samantha Morton may be the most underappreciated of all contemporary actors that you could reasonably call a genius without being hyperbolic. She's been brilliant so very very many times.


Smallfoot (2018) on HBOGo
What was with animation studios and their bigfoot/sasquatch fetish this past couple of years? (See also: Missing Link and The Son of Bigfoot). Raise your hand if you'd like Channing Tatum to start actually starring in movies again.

Take Me Home Tonight, Arrow -S7, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)
Beautiful Girls, Getting Grace, Iris, Little Voice, Preacher -S3 (Hulu)
Fleabag -S2, The Punisher, Yardie (Prime) 
12 Strong, and What's My Name Muhammad Ali: Parts 1 and 2 (HBO)

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Reader Comments (12)

You showed my fave scene in Moonlight,I felt like I was there.

Isn't it Romantic is ok but Rebel needs something in her career to change it up.

Dr Z is simply a masterpiece,

Please right 1,000 words on Keoghan in TKOASD instead of Kidman.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I recall seeing Year of the Dog at Sundance. It's not the easiest watch, but it's worth it. Molly Shannon is great, but Laura Dern just eviscerated the screen in this one. She's sneaky and broad at the same time.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Just watched Iris last night for the upcoming Smackdown! I think 2001 is going to have one rollicking discussion.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

There are no words for how much I love Moonlight.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterStephenM

Deer. was a terrible movie and Kidman was her usual unemotional self
I am anxious to see BLL2 as Streep says Kidman is good.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRdf

I love Moonlight. Best Best Picture winner since Unforgiven, or maybe since The Deer Hunter. Love it!

I love Samantha Morton too!

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Moonlight is sublime (as is Nicholas Britell's incredible score, which haunts me still). Even though 20th Century Women is absolutely brilliant—and I'm a Santa Barbara boy—it's hard to deny that A24 backed the right horse in that year's Oscar race. Just wish A24 had released 20th Century Women earlier in 2016 so it could've had ample time to percolate.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

P.S. Samantha Morton is the 20th Century Women of undersung, contemporary actresses!

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I am generally not a Rebel Wilson fan, but I really enjoyed ISN'T IT ROMANTIC. It poked fun at the rom-com genre without being mean about it.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

Every performance in 'Moonlight' is great - I wish that 2+ movies with a great role for Andre Holland would come out every year.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I adore Samantha Morton. Unbelievably talented. Have not seen this film but will now. I have hulu!

That said, it feels like she’s transitioned away from film doesn’t it. Only time I’ve heard if her these past five (ten?) years is her recent raves on television for Harlots + Walking Dead.

May 21, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhuh

Isn't It Romantic faded for me almost immediately, but it's probably Liam Hemsworth's best performance and there's a really fun musical/dance number in the middle that made me wish they'd gone the whole hog and just made it a musical.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterben1283

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