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Monday, February 8, 2016

Oscar and Chill: 12 nominated films you can watch from your couch

During the winter, the couch can seem like a snugglier destination for a movie night than the theater — and the popcorn is free. Tonight, you can watch a dozen Oscar-nominated films at home, including three on Netflix and one on HBO.

Mad Max: Fury Road
10 nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture

With the fury of visionary director George Miller, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron blaze new trails out of a franchise that (surprisingly) has a lot of steam left. It's the most decorated film of 2015.

(Streaming now on HBO Go, HBO Now, digital rental and DVD/Blue-ray)

Bridge of Spies
6 nominations, including Best Picture

Steven Speilberg’s Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks and Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Rylance is smart entertainment and one of the best films of 2015.

(Available now for digital purchase and on DVD/Blu-ray)


The Martian
6 nominations, including Best Picture

A crowd pleaser from director Ridley Scott (Alien), featuring Matt Damon and his pearly whites.

(Available for digital purchase/rental and on DVD/Blu-ray)

6 nominations, including Best Director, Screenplay and Best Picture

The best newspaper film since All The President’s Men, featuring Michael Keaton, Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo and Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel McAdams.

(Available for digital purchase and avaialable on DVD/Blu-ray February 23rd)

Inside Out
Nominated for Best Animated Film

Try to manage all your emotions while watching Pixar’s front-runner for the animated category.
(Available for digital purchase, on Amazon and DVD/Blu-ray)

Nominated for Best Documentary

Say “Yes, yes, yes” to the lauded documentary about Amy Winehouse, the iconic British songstress who famously sang “no, no, no” to rehab.

(Available for digital purchase and on DVD/Blu-ray)

What Happened Miss Simone?
Nominated for Best Documentary

Critics and supporters of this year’s Oscar nominations could learn a lot from activist Nina Simone, whose brutally honest beliefs, legendary music and extraordinary life is captured in this solid documentary.
(Streaming now on Netflix)

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Nominated for Best Documentary

Get close to the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014

(Streaming now on Netflix)

World of Tomorrow
Nominated for Best Animated Short

I was mildly amused and somewhat frightened by this 15-minute animated science fiction film.

(Streaming now on Netflix)

Steve Jobs
Nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress

Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet’s acting chops stand out from the story in this sub par production.

(Available for digital purchase)

Ex Machina
Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
The sci-fi picture of 2015, featuring Alicia Vikander (nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl) and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
(Available for digital purchase, Redbox, Amazon and on DVD/Blu-ray)

Straight Outta Compton
Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
The energetic film capturing the rise and fall of the musicians of N.W.A. was one of 2015’s best films.

(Available for digital purchase and on DVD/Blu-ray)

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