THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

My ultimate hope this Oscar season is that Jessica Chastain can pull off a nomination for her role in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” despite being up against ladies like Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, who are both seemingly vying for that fifth slot after Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape Of Water”), and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”). But earlier this year, Jessica Chastain starred in another film, this one a period piece set in 1939 where she plays the title character, the wife of a zookeeper during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Her and her husband set out to use the zoo to save as many people as possible. Daniel Brühl also starred.

The rest of the list contains performances from Michael Peña as Cesar Chavez (“Cesar Chavez”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a hitman (“Killing Gunther”). There are two documentaries, one featuring the graffiti artist Banksy (“Bansky Does New York”) although unlike “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” this one is not directed by him, as well as a documentary about a Minnesota filmmaker who ended up dead along with his whole family with people crying for a conspiracy (“A Gray State”). There’s also three new releases from this year that landed on my streaming list, including the second sequel to the American version of “The Ring” (“Rings”), an artsy film starring Kirsten Dunst (“Woodshock”), and a dark comedy featuring Justin Long attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, played by Colbie Smulders (“Literally, Right Before Aaron”). Plus, Nicolas Cage takes on John Malkovich in a ’90s action flick (“Con Air”) which also stars John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, and Dave Chappelle. The last featured pick is Season Four of the Netflix Original Series titled “Black Mirror,” which is an anthology series much along the lines of “The Twilight Zone,” exploring strange themes in darkly toned shorts with several different directors. The directors this season include John Hillcoat (director of “The Road” and “The Proposition”), Jodie Foster (star of “Silence of the Lambs”), and David Slade (director of “Hard Candy” and “30 Days Of Night”).

  • Bill Nye Saves the World: Season Two – Part One (Netflix)
  • Black Mirror: Season Two (Netflix)
  • Clash (Netflix)
  • Creep 2 (Netflix)
  • Fallen (Netflix)
  • A Gray State (Netflix)
  • Mr. Roosevelt (Netflix)
  • Pusher (2012) (Netflix)
  • Shelter (Netflix)
  • Walk With Me (Netflix)

  • Actor Martinez (Amazon Prime)
  • The Backwoods (Amazon Prime)
  • Banksy Does New York (Amazon Prime)
  • Blueberry (Amazon Prime)
  • Casino Jack (Amazon Prime)
  • Do You Take This Man (Amazon Prime)
  • Innocence (Amazon Prime)
  • Killing Gunther (Amazon Prime)
  • Ladies In Lavender (Amazon Prime)
  • Rings (Amazon Prime)
  • Someone Marry Barry (Amazon Prime)
  • Woodshock (Amazon Prime)

  • The Atoning (Hulu)
  • Gilbert (Hulu)
  • The Hollow One (Hulu)
  • Literally, Right Before Aaron (Hulu)

  • Maria Full Of Grace (HBO Now)
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife (HBO Now)

  • Certain Women (Showtime)
  • Con Air (Showtime)
  • Downfall (Showtime)
  • It Stains The Sands Red (Showtime)
  • Personal Shopper (Showtime)

  • The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (Tubi TV)
  • Cesar Chavez (Tubi TV)
  • Flutter (Tubi TV)
  • Jewtopia (Tubi TV)
  • The Usual Suspects (Tubi TV)

EXPIRING THIS WEEK
FROM NETFLIX

SUNDAY
December 31st

  • The Addams Family
  • Amnesiac
  • Anger Managerment
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • Are We There Yet?
  • The Astronaut Farmer
  • The Astronaut’s Wife
  • Babel
  • The Beaver
  • Best In Show
  • Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Boat Trip
  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
  • Bridegroom
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Daddy Day Care
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • Delicatessen
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Forrest Gump
  • Fort Bliss
  • Four Brothers
  • Free Willy
  • Funny Games (2007)
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin’
  • Good Burger
  • Grease
  • Gremlins
  • The Hero Of Color City
  • I Am Sam
  • I’m Still Here
  • The Iron Giant
  • Jackass: Number Two
  • Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire
  • Jesus Camp
  • The Last Mimzy
  • Last Night
  • The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Looney Tunes: Back In Action
  • Made Of Honor
  • Matchstick Men
  • Mean Girls
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Number 23
  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • The Pill
  • Police Academy
  • Proof Of Life
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Queen
  • The Queen of the Damned
  • Racing Stripes
  • The Ref
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Secret Garden
  • Someone Like You
  • Spawn: The Movie
  • The Switch
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Tommy Boy
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • We Were Here
  • Welcome To The Jungle
  • White Chicks
  • The Woodsman
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Zodiac

TUESDAY
January 2nd

  • V/H/S

WEDNESDAY
January 3rd

  • Big Sky
  • Falcon Rising
  • Lost (6 Seasons)

THURSDAY
January 4th

  • Disney’s Fantasia (1940)
  • Disney’s Fantasia 2000
  • The Host (2006)

NEXT FRIDAY
January 5th

  • The Big Short
  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Saw III
  • Saw IV
  • Saw V
  • Saw VI
  • Saw: The Final Chapter

 

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