THELMA on HULU

Coming off the critical successes of his films “Oslo, August 31st” and “Louder Than Bombs,” Norwegian director Joachim Trier delivered “Thelma,” which was the Norwegian entry into the Best Foreign Language Feature category at the 90th Academy Awards. Although it received some buzz going into the award nominations and earned some national critics’ awards, it was ultimately passed up for an Oscars nod. The film follows college student Thelma (Eili Harboe) as she starts a relationship with a woman and finds that her feelings for this woman “trigger inexplicable, and often dangerous, powers.”

Edgar Wright’s film’s “Baby Driver” did receive some Oscars attention this past year, but before his films were being nominated for Academy Awards, he was making comedies with Simon Pegg. Available this week is their follow-up collaboration after “Shaun of the Dead” titled “Hot Fuzz,” following two cops (Pegg and Nick Frost) in a small-town when crimes start breaking out.

A big Oscar contender at the 89th Academy Awards was Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which saw lead Andrew Garfield playing real-life Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII and received the Medal of Honor despite being a conscientious objector/pacifist. As a medic, he would go on to save 75 men in the battle, all without ever firing a shot. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, winning two for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) has a new film this week, where she pairs with Academy Award nominated documentary director Werner Herzog (“Encounters at the End of the World”) on a narrative feature film titled “Queen Of The Desert,” where Kidman plays real-life Gertrude Bell, a British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer in Herzog’s first film in six years after his 2009 film “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?” Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (“Leaving Las Vegas”) finds himself in a thriller titled “Mom And Dad,” from the director of “Crank” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance” (also starring Cage), where something causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. Academy Award nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) also find themselves in a thriller where a disaster has wiped out most of the population and the two of them, plus Chris Pine, who are the last known survivors, are involved in a love triangle in “Z For Zachariah.”

Not just a classic but an acclaimed favorite, “The Wizard Of Oz” went on to win two Academy Awards out of the six it was nominated for, eventually winning Best Original Song for “Over The Rainbow” and Best Original Score. The story of Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto traveling to the world of Oz and following the Yellow Brick Road is about as iconic as you can get.

In one of his last roles before his unexpected death in 2016, Anton Yelchin stars in “Porto,” a film about a deep and intimate romantic relationship in the Portuguese city of Porto in which the two lovers eventually move on but remain haunted by their previous connection. Yelchin was great in these romantic roles, having starred in one of my favorite films of all time, Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy” alongside Felicity Jones.

Before he got to directing films like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice In Wonderland,” director Tim Burton used the success of his “Batman” films, “Beetlejuice,” and “Edward Scissorhands,” and created an alien invasion film titled “Mars Attacks!” which was a dark comedy about martians invading Earth. With an ensemble cast, including Jack Nicholson (in a dual role), Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox,  Lukas Haas, and Natalie Portman, the film is very tongue-in-cheek and reached minor success at the box office.

And lastly, Netflix releases the film “Kodachrome,” which first premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and is based on a New York Times article. Set up as a road trip film, Jason Sudekis, Ed Harris (taking a break from “Westworld”), and Elizabeth Olsen (taking a break from “Avengers”) set out cross country to go to Parsons, Kansas, the last place in the world that develops Kodak’s kodachrome film. Harris’ character was a famous photographer and this final roll of film means a lot as he is also dying. Sudekis plays Harris’ son and reveals to have had a less than present father throughout his life, as he remembers every picture he ever took but can’t remember his son’s birthday. The trip ends up being a rekindling of the father-son relationship, as well as what looks like a blossoming love between Sudekis and Olsen.

  • Beyond Skyline (Netflix)
  • Chasing The Dragon (Netflix)
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season Three (Netflix)
  • Dope: Season Two (Netflix)
  • Dude (Netflix)
  • Eddie Murphy: Delirious (Netflix)
  • Friend Request (Netflix)
  • Henry Poole Is Here (Netflix)
  • How To Get Away With Murder: Season Four (Netflix)
  • Kodachrome (Netflix)
  • Lakeview Terrace (Netflix)
  • Mercury 13 (Netflix)
  • Nowhere Boy (Netflix)
  • Pele (Netflix)
  • Porto (Netflix)
  • Seven Pounds (Netflix)
  • This Is Bob Hope (Netflix)
  • The Vampire’s Assistant (Netflix)

  • Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game (Prime Video)
  • And Then Came Lola (Prime Video)
  • Christmas For A Dollar (Prime Video)
  • Fame (2009) (Prime Video)
  • The Figurine (Prime Video)
  • The Gateway (Prime Video)
  • Goat (Prime Video)
  • Humanoids From The Deep (Prime Video)
  • Incident By A Bank (Prime Video)
  • Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together (Prime Video)
  • Kidnap (Prime Video)
  • Krampus: The Christmas Devil (Prime Video)
  • The Last Porno Flick (Prime Video)
  • Love Me (Prime Video)
  • Princess Of Mars (Prime Video)
  • Ryde (Prime Video)
  • Samsara (Prime Video)
  • Southside With You (Prime Video)
  • The Unforgiving (Prime Video)
  • West Of Eden (Prime Video)
  • The Whistleblower (Prime Video)
  • The Wizard Of Oz (Prime Video)

  • Amazing Ape (Hulu)
  • American Gangster (Hulu)
  • Boys And Girls (Hulu)
  • Dealt (Hulu)
  • Hollow In The Land (Hulu)
  • Howl (Hulu)
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest (Hulu)
  • In The Bedroom (Hulu)
  • Just Charlie (Hulu)
  • Loving Vincent (Hulu)
  • The Master Of Disguise (Hulu)
  • The Messenger (2009) (Hulu)
  • Mom And Dad (Hulu)
  • Off Label (Hulu)
  • The Relationtrip (Hulu)
  • Shut Up And Play The Hits (Hulu)
  • Slumber (Hulu)
  • A Teacher (Hulu)
  • Thelma (Hulu)
  • Tragedy Girls (Hulu)

  • Cafe Para Llevar (HBO Go)
  • Sol De Medianoche (HBO Go)

  • Before I Fall (Showtime)
  • Beyond The Opposite Sex (Showtime)
  • Gangster Land (Showtime)
  • Nice Dreams (Showtime)
  • Queen Of The Desert (Showtime)

  • The Accountant (Max Go)
  • Almost Christmas (Max Go)
  • Annabelle: Creation (Max Go)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Max Go)
  • Lowriders (Max Go)
  • The Mummy (2017) (Max Go)
  • Sully (Max Go)
  • Taken (Max Go)

  • 30 Days Of Night (Starz)
  • All About The Benjamins (Starz)
  • All Saints (Starz)
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Starz)
  • Bulworth (Starz)
  • Devil (Starz)
  • Dragonball: Evolution (Starz)
  • Jeepers Creepers 2 (Starz)
  • A Troll In Central Park (Starz)

  • NONE

  • Amour (Sundance Now)
  • Terror Studios (Sundance Now)

  • About Adam (Tubi TV)
  • Amateur Night (Tubi TV)
  • Arthur Newman (Tubi TV)
  • Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader (Tubi TV)
  • Buffalo Soldiers (Tubi TV)
  • Children Of Heaven (Tubi TV)
  • Comic Book: The Movie (Tubi TV)
  • Dear Frankie (Tubi TV)
  • Four Rooms (Tubi TV)
  • Get Bruce (Tubi TV)
  • Get Over It (Tubi TV)
  • Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (Tubi TV)
  • In Too Deep (Tubi TV)
  • Marvin’s Room (Tubi TV)
  • Monkey King: Hero Is Back (Tubi TV)
  • Neverwas (Tubi TV)
  • Senseless (Tubi TV)
  • Shall We Dance? (Tubi TV)
  • She’s So Lovely (Tubi TV)
  • Stray Bullets (Tubi TV)
  • Traces Of Red (Tubi TV)
  • Wishful Thinking (Tubi TV)

  • 10 Cent Pistol (Crackle)
  • Cleanskin (Crackle)
  • Hot Fuzz (Crackle)
  • U-571 (Crackle)

  • Casus Belli (Film Struck)
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Film Struck)
  • The Farmer’s Wife (Film Struck)
  • Ivanhoe (Film Struck)
  • Mars Attacks (Film Struck)
  • Wag The Dog (Film Struck)

  • NONE

  • Afternoon (Mubi)
  • Buffet Froid (Mubi)
  • A Fabrica De Nada (Mubi)
  • Rabo De Peike (Mubi)
  • Shanty Tramp (Mubi)

  • City Of Dead Men (Screambox)
  • Daddy’s Little Girl (Screambox)
  • Lake Fear 2: The Swamp (Screambox)
  • Run Bitch Run (Screambox)
  • The Thirst (Screambox)

  • Blood and Black Lace (Shudder)
  • The Cottage (Shudder)
  • Cube (Shudder)
  • Z For Zachariah (Shudder)

EXPIRING THIS WEEK
FROM NETFLIX

SATURDAY
April 21st

  • Exit through the Gift Shop (2010)

SUNDAY
April 22nd

  • The Humbling (2014)
  • XIII: The Series – 2 Seasons (2012)

MONDAY
April 23rd

  • NONE

TUESDAY
April 24th

  • Kevin from Work – 1 Season (2015)

WEDNESDAY
April 25th

  • Burning Bodhi (2015)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
  • Restaurant Australia – 1 Season (2015)
  • Trust (2010)

THURSDAY
April 26th

  • Begin Again (2014)

NEXT FRIDAY
April 27th

  • All Good Things (2010)
  • The Gunman (2015)

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