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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

12 Oscar nominated films you can watch on your couch — tonight

There are over a dozen 2017 Academy Award-nominated films you can stream at home tonight — many are free to those with access to Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

Hell or High Water 

(Nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay and Editing)
Hell, yes to this modern (but sepia-tone) classic that shouldn’t be missed. Jeff Bridges milks every line on that deserving screenplay. 
Rent on Amazon, Google Play or Vudu.

Florence Foster Jenkins (Nominated for Best Actress Meryl Streep, Costume Design)
For comedy, Florence hits all the right notes. And Meryl Streep is perfectly awful as socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, perhaps the worst singer in American history.
Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

Captain Fantastic (Nominated for Best Actor Viggo Mortenson)
Not a superhero film, unless you want to be saved by a wildnerness man who struggles with taking his family into society.
Rent on Amazon or Google Play.

Loving (Nominated for Best Actress Ruth Negga)
This is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Buy on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play or Vudu.

Life, Animated (Nominated for Best Documentary Feature)
I loved it. It’s the most charming Disney movie that Disney never made.
Stream on Amazon, iTunes.

O.J. Made in America (Nominated for Best Documentary Feature)
One of the best-reviewed documentaries of the year. Some had it in the short list for Best Picture despite being an 8-episode 30 for 30 from ESPN. It’s seven-and-a-half hours. Stream on Hulu.

13th (Nominated for Best Documentary Feature)
13th, titled after the Thirteenth Ammedment which outlawed slavery, is a documentary centerd on race in the U.S. criminal justice system. 
Stream on Netflix.

Kubo and the Two Strings (Nominated for Best Animated Feature, Visual Effects) 
An animated treat that got lost in the summer shuffle. Join Kubo’s thrilling quest along with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) in an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. 
Rent on Amazon or Google Play.

Zootopia (Nominated for Best Animated Feature)
Who am I kidding? If you or your kids wanted to see the tale of rabbit Juddy Hopps, you probably have seen it a dozen times by now. If you don't already own it, it's on Netflix.
Stream on Netflix.

The Jungle Book (Nominated for Best Visual Effects)
Yup, the beautiful jungle and convincing animals were created with CGI after shooting ended.
Stream on Netflix

A Man Called Ove (Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Makeup & Hairstyling)
Get off my lawn! Swedish version. 
Rent on Amazon, Google Play or Vudu. 

Piper (Nominated for Best Animated Short)
A Pixar treat (it played before Finding Dory).
On Vimeo and on YouTube and

The Lobster (Nominated for Best Original Screenplay)
Completely deserving in this category, The Lobster is inventive, witty and very dark. It isn’t a dish for everyone, but if you have Netflix, check it out for free.
Stream on Netflix.

The ten buck review: All worth ten bucks.

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