While January and February are infamous for being pretty dismal months when it comes to theatrical releases, it’s the opposite situation at the Box and On Demand! Here are 4 most excellent dramas that are new to Redbox.
Pain and Glory – Antonio Banderas is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role thanks to his riveting performance in this Spanish-language drama from celebrated filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The movie, which is also nominated in the International Film category, follows film director Salvador Mallo (Banderas) as he struggles with his physical decline, his addictions, his past relationships and the creative block he can’t get past. I really didn’t know what to expect from this movie, but it immediately sucked me in. See why Time magazine named it the best film of 2019!
Harriet – It’s about time we finally got a movie about Harriet Tubman! Cynthia Erivo portrays the famous freedom fighter during the period in her incredible life when she escaped slavery and helped dozens of other slaves flee north on the Underground Railroad. Erivo is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the movie’s theme “Stand Up” (co-written by Erivo and Joshua Brian Campbell) has also been nominated in the Original Song category.
The Lighthouse – If you like movies that are all-caps STRANGE and basically uncategorizable, do we have the movie for you! This head-trip features career-best performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers in the late 1800s who are forced to live together in tight quarters for four weeks, utterly cut off from the rest of the world. Really weird stuff starts to happen on their little island, but it might be unclear whether they’re going mad … or you are. You’ll end up questioning everything while you’re watching this visually striking black-and-white story unfold. No matter what you make of it in the end, you’ll understand why it’s been nominated for Best Cinematography.
Motherless Brooklyn – While this neo-noir crime drama set in the ‘50s didn’t garner any Oscar love, it’s still a worthy pick thanks to its A-list cast and twisty mystery. Edward Norton stars as a detective with Tourette syndrome who’s trying to figure out who murdered his mentor (Bruce Willis) … and why. Alec Baldwin is delightfully scummy as a corrupt commissioner, and the always-wonderful Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays a community activist who might unknowingly hold the key to everything. Willem Dafoe (again!), Bobby Cannavale, Michael K. Williams, Cherry Jones and Leslie Mann round out the cast.