Does February have you feeling lonely with its upcoming card-company holiday? Trust us when we say that Better Call Saul’s Saul Goodman, Kidding’s Mr. Pickles, Homeland’s Carrie Mathison, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jake Piralta go down as easy as a box of chocolates. Or if you’re more into beards and other kinds of treats, High Maintenance’s delivery guy might be more your speed. Regardless, this month has 10 returning series worth your time and your bingeing. 


Manhunt 96% (Spectrum Originals)

What it is: When it first premiered on Discovery in 2017, creators Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, and Tony Gittelson’s Manhunt promised a factual, fuss-free deep-dive on the FBI’s investigation and ongoing search for the terrorist Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber). What we got was absolutely engrossing cat-and-mouse action with little-known, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twists along the way.

Why you should watch it: Having switched from Discovery to Spectrum Originals’ streaming platform, the new installment of Manhunt again follows the FBI, this time as they search for the bomber behind the 1996 Atlanta Olympics attack and deal with the notorious controversy surrounding security guard Richard Jewell that followed. (Clint Eastwood’s 2019 feature film Richard Jewell dealt with the same topic.) Season 2 premieres on February 3 on Spectrum.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Brooklyn Nine-Nine 94% (NBC)

What it is: This hit comedy series from creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur is a workplace sitcom featuring some very distinct personalities — the aloof and gregarious Detective Jake Peralta (Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg), his fictional precinct’s dry commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), and the rest of the motley crew of the Nine-Nine.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen fan-initiated primetime resuscitations before, but rarely do they happen as swiftly as Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s after its unceremonious cancellation at Fox. The online outcry had barely begun before Universal Television began shopping the sitcom around, and it was scooped up by NBC just a day later — with good reason. Now that we’re a season into that “reboot,” it’s clear the series should’ve never left in the first place. Season 7 premieres on February 6 on NBC.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 47 hours (for the first six seasons)


The Sinner 88% (USA Network)

What it is: This anthological crime thriller from creator and showrunner Derek Simonds (and executive producer Jessica Biel, who starred on season 1 and earned her first Emmy nomination for the performance) takes the traditional whodunit thriller and turns it on its head into a whydunit. We know the titular culprit from the get, but there are unknown layers as to why they committed the central crime. The series has been a huge hit for USA Network and follows different crimes each season. Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is the thread that holds them all together.

Why you should watch it: The Sinner is a spin on a classic trope, and it’s executed with top-notch acting, production, and nail-biting scripts. What’s not to love? Season 3 follows Matt Bomer and Chris Messina as college buddies with a dark, secretive past. A fatal tragedy upon their reunion brings Ambrose on the case. Catch up before its February 6 premiere.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours (for the first two seasons)


High Maintenance 98% (HBO)

What it is: From co-creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance began as a hit web series starring Sinclair as a traveling weed deliveryman living in New York City. HBO picked it up to series in 2016 and largely retained the comedy’s original format while simply making its episodes longer.

Why you should watch it: While there are plenty of primetime programs that paint a great snippet of present-day NYC, few get the full picture the way High Maintenance does. That’s because each episode features various characters who — whether they’re hosting a swingers party, rebelling against their ultra-religious parents, or sitting home alone collecting cans of La Croix — are from such disparate walks of life that they end up inadvertently highlighting the similarities between so many dwellers of the concrete jungle. (And we promise those similarities go beyond enjoying the green.) Season 4 premieres on February 7 on HBO.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 12.5 hours (for the first three seasons)


Homeland 85% (Showtime)

What it is: Homeland has gone a lot of places — some better than others — over the course of its twisty seven seasons, but it all started with the Emmy-winning combination of Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). The former has just returned from Iraq after being missing in action; the latter suspects that his allegiances have been turned to the enemy. Let the cat-and-mouse games begin.

Why you should watch it: Homeland — led by a career-best Danes as an agent with bipolar disorder — is a masterclass in taut, edge-of-your-seat spy drama. Even when the series goes off the deep end, Danes has you simultaneously rooting for her and holding your breath. Season 8 premieres on February 9 on Showtime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 60 hours (for the first seven seasons)


Kidding 88% (Showtime)

What it is: Kidding follows a Mr. Rogers–esque children’s show host named Mr. Pickles through a divorce and into a downward, existential spiral. But at its heart, it’s just about a kindhearted guy trying to find himself while piecing his life back together.

Why you should watch it: Something about filmmaker Michel Gondry and star Jim Carrey’s creative relationship sparks magic; Kidding doesn’t just mark a grand reunion of the two artists after 15 years, but it features Carrey’s best dramatically-tinged performance since their shared Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Add in the auteur’s trademark visual flare, and Kidding will win just about anyone over. Season 2 premieres February 9 on Showtime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


Narcos 89% and Narcos: Mexico 90% (Netflix)

What it is: Critically-acclaimed Spanish- and English-language Netflix original started with Narcos, taking a closer look at formidable and feared Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) and his criminal contemporaries. In 2018, Netflix launched companion series Narcos: Mexico – originally intended as season 4 of the original show – which dove into the roots of the modern drug war and the true-story rise of the cocaine trade led by the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s. 

Why you should watch it: The Narcos franchise is riveting and entertaining television, boasting fine performances and equally engaging scripts — not to mention a little-seen precision in documenting the history of the drug trade that still plagues the world today. In the Mexico seasons, Michael Peña stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena alongside Diego Luna as cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Narcos: Mexico season 2 premieres February 13 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 35 hours (25.8 for three seasons of Narcos and 8.5 hours for season 1 of Narcos: Mexico)


Outlander 89% (Starz)

What it is: Based on the hit fantasy novel series from author Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of World War II nurse Claire (Caitriona Balfe), who is inexplicably transported back in time to 18th-century Scotland and quickly swept up in the drama and romance of Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) — despite being a married woman in her own time to Frank (Tobias Menzies).

Why you should watch it: There’s little to dislike about this lavish Starz series. Expertly-crafted performances and, ahem, titillating character arcs have consumed audiences in the kind of “who will she choose” debate unseen since Twi-hards of yore. This series, from Battlestar Galactica reboot mastermind Ronald D. Moore, has the scripts, direction, and overall production value worth fawning over, too. Season 5 premieres on February 16 on Starz.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 55 hours (for the first four seasons)


Better Call Saul 98% (AMC)

What it is: Ever wonder how, exactly, Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman got to be so darn slimy? AMC’s acclaimed spin-off, Better Call Saul, is here to help. The companion series satisfyingly builds on the original Vince Gilligan drama, while also coherently etching an identity of its own for viewers of all proclivities.

Why you should watch it: The series takes a character we think we know — the Saul Goodman whom Breaking Bad’s Walter White eventually meets in that Albuquerque, New Mexico, strip mall — and breaks him down to his nuts and bolts, starting at Jimmy McGill. Played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk in what could become his career-defining (certainly career-changing) role, Saul/Jimmy and his uneasy partnership with Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut make for must-watch hours for any lover of prestige TV, Breaking Bad die-hard or not. Season 5 premieres on February 23 on AMC.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle PlayMicrosoftNetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 32 hours (for the first four seasons)


Altered Carbon 75% (Netflix)

What it is: Altered Carbon is a sci-fi epic for our time: it’s often brutal and sometimes confusing. Set in a distant dystopian future in which an individual’s consciousness can be downloaded and stored digitally to be later uploaded into a new body, otherwise known as a “sleeve,” life and death have little meaning in this world. But this advancement in technology allows only an elite and wealthy few to actually live their lives for hundreds of years, while those less fortunate only degrade, descending further and further into destitution.

Why you should watch it: This Netflix adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s acclaimed 2002 novel from creator Laeta Kalogridis received mixed reviews upon its 2018 premiere, but was a hit with genre fans new and old alike. While Joel Kinnaman was absolutely killer as the latest incarnation of the mysterious time-jumping hero Takeshi Kovacs, these new episodes give Takeshi Kovacs a new sleeve: Anthony Mackie. Season 2 premieres on February 27 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)


Babylon Berlin (Netflix)


What it is: A sexy look at a turbulent time, Babylon Berlin is a crime drama that unfolds during the Weimar Republic, a time of great transition and facing the rise of National Socialism. Party girl Greta (Liv Lisa Fries) pairs up with police detective Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) when he uncovers and investigates an underground porn ring.

Why you should watch it: Netflix brought the first two seasons of the lavish German series to U.S. audiences in 2017. Together, the seasons are Certified Fresh at 100% for painting a head-spinning tableau of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking that tests the young inspector’s sense of loyalty and dedication to the truth. Season 3 launches on February 28 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours


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The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the Film and Television Winners for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards. Top honors went to Get Out for film, and The Handmaid’s Tale for television. Read through for the full list of winners for Film, TV, new media, radio and promotional writing. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay


Documentary Screenplay


DRAMA SERIES


COMEDY SERIES


NEW SERIES


LONG FORM ORIGINAL


LONG FORM ADAPTED


ANIMATION

“Brunchsquatch”

Bob's Burgers

“A Father’s Watch”

The Simpsons
85%

“Ruthie”

BoJack Horseman
93%

“The Serfsons”

The Simpsons
85%

“Time’s Arrow”

BoJack Horseman
93%

EPISODIC DRAMA

“The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers
91%

“Chicanery”

Better Call Saul
98%

“The Heart Attack is the Best Way”

Good Behavior
78%

“Homecoming”

The OA
84%

“Slip”

Better Call Saul
98%

“The Soviet Division”

The Americans
96%

EPISODIC COMEDY

“The Burglary”

Grace and Frankie
88%

“Intervention”

The Carmichael Show
87%

“Judge”

Veep
93%

“Rosario’s Quinceanera”

Will & Grace

“The Verdict””

Trial & Error
88%

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES


COMEDY / VARIETY – SKETCH SERIES


COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

  • 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS
  • 89th Annual Academy Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo; ABC
  • AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, Written by Bob Gazzale, Jon Macks; TNT
  • Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special, Written by Scott Aukerman, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Joe Saunders, Akiva Schaffer; Additional Material Written by Zach Kanin, Claudia O’Doherty, Tim Robinson; Netflix
  • Nathan For You: A Celebration, Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

  • Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
  • Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA

  • General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC
  • Days of Our Lives, Writers: Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

  • “American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), Written by May Chan; Amazon
  • “American Girl – Knowledge is Power” (American Girl), Teleplay by Alison McDonald, Story by Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion; Amazon
  • “Just Add 1965” (Just Add Magic), Written by Lauren Thompson; Amazon
  • “Meet Julia” (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; HBO
  • “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special,” Written by Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough; HBO

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

  • “Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
  • “Poverty, Politics and Profit” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS
  • “Unseen Enemy,” Written by Janet Tobias; CNN

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

    • “Divided States of America” Part One (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS
    • “Rachel Carson” (American Experience), Written and Directed by Michelle Ferrari; PBS
    • “The Great War” Part II (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives; PBS
    • “The Great War” Part III (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley; PBS
    • “The Vietnam War,” Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart,” Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

      • “Obama Wiretap Allegations” (World News Tonight with David Muir), Mark Berman, Barbara Rick, Tom Llamas; ABC News
      • “September 29, 2017” (World News Now), Written by Matt Nelko, Jack Sheahan, Debbie Humes, Carla Brittain, Constance Johnson, Lloyd deVries, Craig Morancie; ABC News
      • “White Helmets” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED

      • “John Hancock” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver
      • “Chapter 2” (The Walking Dead: Red Machete), Written by Nick Bernardone
      • “Justicia” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by Mark Leitner
      • “Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

      • “2016 Year in Review,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “Castro, Cuba & Communism,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS News Radio
      • “CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “Remembering Princess Diana 20 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

          • “Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
          • “World News This Week November 18, 2016,” Written by Joan B. Harris; ABC News Radio
          • “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

      • “Chuck Berry,” Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio/KNX
      • “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS
      • “Holiday Stories,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

        • “CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television
        • “The Good Fight,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotions

The Directors Guild of America announced the Film and Television winners for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of below. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water
92%

Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird
99%

Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk
92%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Geremy Jasper

Patti Cake$
85%

William Oldroyd

Lady Macbeth
88%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Taylor Sheridan

Wind River
87%

Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game
82%

Film | Television

The Directors Guild of America announced their Film and Television nominations for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of nominees below. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water
92%

Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird
99%

Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk
92%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Geremy Jasper

Patti Cake$
85%

William Oldroyd

Lady Macbeth
88%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Taylor Sheridan

Wind River
87%

Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game
82%

Film | Television

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the Film and Television Nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of nominees for Film, TV, new media, radio and promotional writing. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television | More


Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay


Documentary Screenplay


Film | Television | More

It’s your last chance to pick up a holiday gift for the movie lover in your life, and conveniently enough, there are a number of big titles hitting the home video market in December. Pick up the penultimate season of HBO’s global hit Game of Thrones, Christopher Nolan’s World War II film Dunkirk, or catch up on Showtime’s return to Twin Peaks, among other choices, though if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift, there are a few titles that won’t release in time. Read on for the entire December list.


Arriving December 5

 

The Women's Balcony (2016) 96%

This Certified Fresh comedy from Israel centers on a group of women who fight against their synagogue’s new rabbi and his ultra-traditionalist message. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

Get it Here


Endless Poetry (2016) 93%

Cult auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal autobiographical film focuses on the years he spent during the 1940s as an aspiring poet in Chile against his families wishes that he attend medical school. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

Get it Here


The Return: The Return (2017) 94%

Showtime revisits the locale of David Lynch’s beloved drama 25 years after the original series’ events, as mysterious new events take place in the titular northwestern town. The limited series set comes with a number of in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, a trio of making-of featurettes, a collection of promos produced by Lynch, and more.

Get it Here


Gook (2017) 94%

Justin Chon’s unflinching drama traces the relationship between a pair of Korean-American brothers and an 11-year-old black girl in South Central Los Angeles against the backdrop of the Rodney King trial and the 1992 L.A. riots. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

Get it Here


Better Watch Out (2016) 89%

Olivia DeJonge and Levi Miller star in this Christmas-set thriller about a babysitter locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a home invader. It comes with a making-of featurette.

Get it HereStream it Here


Despicable Me 3 (2017) 59%

Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig return to lend their voices to the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise, which finds Gru facing off against a former child star and reuniting with his long-lost twin brother Dru. Extras include an extra animated short, a making-of doc, character and location profiles, a deleted scene, and more.

Get it HereStream it Here


American Assassin (2017) 34%

Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton star in this spy thriller about a CIA recruit whose thirst for revenge against the terrorists who killed his fiancée helps fuel a preternatural potential that his trainer seeks to mold. Bonus features include a making-of doc, a profile of O’Brien’s character, an inside look at the training and stunt work, and more.

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Arriving December 12

 

Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017) 93%

The seventh season of HBO’s massive fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s novels was shorter by a few episodes but delivered a number of moments fans have been waiting for, all leading up to the epic battle between humanity and the White Walkers. Available in a few different packages, the Blu-ray comes with a two-part featurette detailing the production design, a behind-the-scenes featurette one of the season’s key moments, and audio commentary tracks.

Get it HereStream it Here


The Trip to Spain (2017) 83%

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take another road trip — this time through Spain — during which the pair sample delicious food and engage in their trademark deadpan banter. Information on special features is currently unavailable.

Get it Here


Detroit (2017) 82%

John Boyega and Will Poulter lead an ensemble cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s harrowing account of one of the events that took place during the 1967 race riots in the titular city. It comes with a profile of the true story behind the film, a look at the cast, a comparison of the city’s past and present, and more.

Get it Here, Stream it Here


Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) 51%

Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum lead an all-star cast in this sequel about British super-spy Eggsy Unwin, who must team up with his American counterparts, the Statesmen, to unravel a conspiracy that left the Kingsmen decimated. Extras include a multi-part making-of documentary, a breakdown of one of the car chases, and multiple image galleries of concept art and stills from the set.

Get it HereStream it Here


Home Again (2017) 32%

Reese Witherspoon stars in this romantic comedy as a single mom whose life is upended when she decides to house a trio of younger men. It comes with a commentary track featuring writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers.

Get it HereStream it Here


Arriving December 19

 

Stronger (2017) 90%

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany star in David Gordon Green’s inspirational true story about Jeff Bauman, a man who lost his legs during the Boston Marathan bombing in 2013 and became a symbol of hope. It includes a making-of featurette.

Get it HereStream it Here


Dunkirk (2017) 92%

Christopher Nolan’s ensemble World War II film depicts the incredible evacuation of Allied forces from the French beaches of Dunkirk from three different perspectives. It comes with a slew of featurettes covering everything from the story behind the film to the production design, the use of tension, and various other aspects of the film.

Get it HereStream it Here


mother! (2017) 68%

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in Darren Aronofsky’s controversial drama/thriller about a woman who begins to believe she’s losing her mind when her poet husband allows a pair of uninvited guests to stay with them. Bonus features include a look at the makeup effects and an examination of the film’s central theme.

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Victoria & Abdul (2017) 66%

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in Stephen Frears’ drama centering on the unlikely friendship that developed between Queen Victoria and a young clerk from India. Extras include a cast profile of Dench and Fazal and a featurette on the look of the film.

Get it HereStream it Here


The LEGO NINJAGO Movie (2017) 56%

This third entry in the LEGO franchise features the voices of Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, and Olivia Munn in a story about a young Master Builder who must join with his ninja friends to battle The Worst Guy Ever for the fate of Ninjago City. It comes with a wealth of special features, including several music videos and animated shorts, PSAs, making-of featurettes, and more.

Get it HereStream it Here


Leatherface (2017) 30%

Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor star in this prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise looking back at the origin story of the infamous killer of the title. It comes with a making-of featurette, six deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.

Get it HereStream it Here


Arriving December 26

 

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) 91%

Vince Vaughn stars in S. Craig Zahler’s (Bone Tomahawk) crime thriller about a former boxer who is sent to prison and forced to embark on a violent quest to murder an inmate in a far more violent facility. Extras include a making-of featurette and a Q&A from Beyond Fest.

Get it HereStream it Here


Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) 93%

Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington star in this Discovery Channel limited series that recreates the FBI search for Ted Kaczynski. The season set comes with featurettes on criminal profiling, Kaczynski himself, and Kaczyinski’s infamous manifesto.

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Mayhem (2017) 84%

Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving star in this action thriller about a fired employee who discovers he’s trapped in the office with former co-workers who’ve been infected with a deadly virus. Special features include an audio commentary track and a making-of featurette.

Get it HereStream it Here


The Mountain Between Us (2017) 39%

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this survival thriller about two strangers who must rely on each other to survive when their small plane crashes in the mountains of a remote part of Utah. It comes with a look at the chemistry between Winslet and Elba, the shooting location, and the stunts, as well as a photo gallery and deleted scenes.

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Flatliners (2017) 4%

Ellen Page and Diego Luna star in this remake of the 1990 supernatural thriller about medical students who induce near-death experiences in order to discover whether or not anything exists on the other side. Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes and a handful of making-of featurettes.

Get it HereStream it Here

This week, we’ve got a Disney hit from early this year, some binge-worthy Netflix programming, and a contemplative adventure movie to kick things off. Then we’ve also got a handful of smaller films, a few acclaimed older films, and a bona fide Hollywood classic. Check out the full list below.


New on Netflix

 

Strong Island (2017) 100%

This documentary chronicles the roots of director Yance Ford’s family, leading up to the 1992 murder of his own brother William Jr. and the aftereffects of the tragedy.

Available now on: Netflix


American Vandal: Season 1 (2017) 98%

This Netflix original mockumentary series pokes fun at the true-crime genre, as a high school sophomore investigates whether or not a classmate was unjustly expelled for crimes of vandalism he may not have committed.

Available now on: Netflix


Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) 93%

Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany star in this scripted series from Discovery recounting the true story behind the FBI’s search and capture of the Unabomber.

Available now on: Netflix


Half Nelson (2006) 91%

Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps star in this drama about a high school teacher and heroin addict who bonds with a student who knows his secret.

Available now on: Netflix


Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) 88%

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Marisa Tomei star in Sidney Lumet’s dark drama about a pair of brothers whose plan to rob their parents’ jewelry store goes awry.

Available now on: Netflix


First They Killed My Father (2017) 88%

Angelina Jolie directs this biopic inspired by the life of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung.

Available now on: Netflix


Beauty and the Beast (2017) 71%

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in Bill Condon’s live-action Disney adaptation of the studio’s own take on the classic tale of a young woman held captive by an angry beast who was once a prince.

Available now on: Netflix


Slack Bay (2016) 65%

Juliette Binoche stars in this French comedy about an eccentric family whose seaside vacation is interrupted by two bumbling cops investigating a string of missing tourists.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

My Man Godfrey (1936) 97%

William Powell and Carole Lombard star in this classic screwball comedy about a wealthy young woman who hires a vagrant as her new butler, only to discover there’s more to him than meets the eye. Amazon has both the original black-and-white version as well as a colorized version available to stream.

Available now on Amazon Prime: Original, In Color


The Lost City of Z (2016) 86%

Charlie Hunnam and Tom Holland star in this historical adventure-drama about Percy Fawcett, the British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon during a search for a lost civilization.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


We Are What We Are (2013) 86%

In this slow-burning gothic chiller, a small-town family with a controlling patriarch will do anything to preserve its most treasured — and perverse — traditions.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Alex of Venice (2014) 74%

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as the titular character in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, about a recently single attorney who learns to move on with life.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on FandangoNOW

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 94%

To celebrate the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s monumental sci-fi film, FandangoNOW now has the original theatrical version, the director’s cut, and a special collector’s edition available to stream.

Available now on FandangoNOW: Theatrical Cut, Director’s Cut, Collector’s Edition


A Ghost Story (2017) 91%

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in David Lowery’s contemplative drama about a recently deceased man whose spirit returns to the home he shared with his wife, only to find her slowly slipping away.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Book of Henry (2017) 22%

Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay star in Colin Trevorrow’s mystery drama about a woman who discovers one of her sons has been secretly plotting to help the girl next door escape her abusive father.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) 30%

Johnny Depp returns for the fifth installment of Disney’s swashbuckling franchise, which finds Jack Sparrow on the run from a deadly ghost pirate bent on his destruction.

Available now on: FandangoNOW

 

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