Hollywood is slowly but surely bouncing back, and nowhere is that clearer than at the Box and on Redbox On Demand, where we’ve got a lot of exciting and award-winning titles to talk about.
Here are 5 standouts to consider, but know that there are many, many more you can find on Redbox.com, right on the homepage under New Releases.
Minari – If you watched the Oscars, then you already know why you need to check out this story of a Korean immigrant family’s struggle to gain a foothold in the US: 73-year-old Best Supporting Actress winner Youn Yuh-jung, who hilariously flirted with award-presenter Brad Pitt on stage. Youn portrayed the feisty grandma who bonds with her adorable grandson (Alan Kim) while his parents (Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri) try to start up a farm to make ends meet.
The Father – Speaking of the Oscars, the final award of the night was a huge upset, with Anthony Hopkins winning Best Actor for his stunning portrayal as a man with dementia in The Father. (Most insiders assumed the late Chadwick Boseman would win for his complex performance as a troubled musician in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.) At 83, Hopkins also made history as the oldest winner of ANY Oscar, ever. And the film’s screenwriters Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller also won for Best Adapted Screenplay. While its story is a bit sad, it will resonate strongly with anyone who has an aging parent whose memory might be failing them.
Judas and the Black Messiah – Here’s yet another Oscar winner! Daniel Kaluuya took home the Best Actor statuette for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was shot and killed in an early-morning raid by Chicago police after being betrayed by William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), an FBI informant who’d grown close to Hampton in the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers. I learned a lot about the history of my own state and city from this true story, as heartbreaking as it is.
The Little Things – Moving from sad to downright disturbing, we have the buzzed-about crime thriller starring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as detectives investigating a series of murders that may or may not have been committed by a strange loner played by Jared Leto (who earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his performance). If dark movies like Se7en, Prisoners or The Silence of the Lambs are your thing, this is the pick for you.
French Exit – OK enough morbid stuff! Here’s a surreal comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, who play a rich mother and her son. After losing nearly all of their fortune, they sell of the rest of their belongings, move to Paris and attempt to start over again. With their cat, who they believe is their dead husband/father reincarnated. Yep. See why Pfeiffer earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance!
What’s next on your ‘To Watch’ list?