Want to know what’s coming soon to digital and what to watch right now on FandangoNOW and Vudu? Here is your weekly guide to the latest releases:
What are the latest new releases to watch right now?
The screwball rom-com The Lovebirds is now available on FandangoNOW and Vudu to rent or own digitally for the first time. Originally released on Netflix last year, this hilarious, action-driven comedy from director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple whose relationship is put to the test after they witness a murder and have to go on the run while also trying to solve the crime themselves. When you purchase the movie, you get both the unrated cut and the initially planned theatrical release version plus bonus material including outtakes, deleted scenes and more.
And if you like movies about everyday people suddenly pulled into violent action plots, Nobody is newly available to purchase digitally on FandangoNOW and Vudu. However, the main character here, played by unexpected action star Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), turns out to be more familiar with bloodshed. Written by the creator of the John Wick franchise, Nobody follows a similar storyline of an ex-assassin who has been trying to live a normal life in the suburbs — until the wrong people mess with him and he’s back to business going up against the Russian mob. The movie comes with behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes.
The most exciting new digital release out this week, though, is the Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection, which now includes 4K UHD versions of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Each installment — all of them conceived by George Lucas, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford in the iconic titular role of the whip-wielding, fedora-wearing, Nazi-punching, snake-fearing archaeologist action hero — is also available to rent or purchase individually in the upgraded format, in case you might only want three.
What movies are great to pair with those releases?
If you rent or purchase The Lovebirds, I recommend also picking up the Michael Showalter-helmed rom-com The Big Sick, which also stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated, semi-autobiographical screenplay with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. Other movies that would make a great double feature with The Lovebirds include the tonally and situationally likeminded madcap comedies Game Night, Date Night and The Out-of-Towners and the similarly plotted but far more serious drama Queen & Slim. Also, The Thin Man, The Break-Up and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut are all influences and make relevant pairings as well.
The most obvious movie to pair with Nobody is the original John Wick, as they’re both created by the same screenwriter, Derek Kolstad, and follow similar plots and protagonists. And you can add on the subsequent two chapters of the Keanu Reeves-led franchise, as well. But there are a number of other movies of the same ilk, including The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, A History of Violence starring Viggo Mortensen, The Long Kiss Goodnight pairing Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson and Mr. & Mrs. Smith featuring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as the titular duo. And if you want the family-friendly version: Pixar’s The Incredibles.
Are there any other big movies coming out this week?
The new comedic drama Queen Bees premieres digitally on both FandangoNOW and Vudu this Friday, June 11, as a premium rental simultaneous with its theatrical release. Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn stars in the movie, which is based on a true story, as a senior who “temporarily” moves into a retirement community and finds it just a cliquish as high school, complete with a titular trio of “mean girls” played by Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin and Loretta Devine. James Caan co-stars as Burstyn’s love interest while Christopher Lloyd (who is also in Nobody) and Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell round out the ensemble cast.
Also coming to digital this Friday, Dream Horse is another new comedy based a true story, this one previously depicted in the documentary feature Dark Horse. Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette stars in this partially fictionalized version as a bartender who bands together with a number of fellow working-class members of her small Welsh community to breed and co-own a thoroughbred race horse and enter the relatively posh sporting industry. As you can imagine given that there’s a movie (two of them, even) about this horse of humble origins called Dream Alliance, he did surprisingly well — find out just how well by watching it.
What are some great New York musicals to buy this month?
In honor of In the Heights opening in theaters this weekend, I want to spotlight some other essential musical movies significantly set in New York City, some of which are part of Vudu’s current Month of Music sale, like Rent, Hair, Annie and Newsies and, for the most fantastical transformation of NYC landmarks, The Wiz. You’ve also got West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, On the Town, Little Shop of Horrors and A Chorus Line. Also, if you also want to loop in some animated features and other family films for the kids (and kids at heart), check out An American Tail, Disney’s Oliver and Company and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
Are we celebrating any big movie anniversaries this week?
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical releases of Michael Bay’s action classic The Rock and the comic strip adaptation The Phantom as well as of the broadcast premiered of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s ultimately life-changing true-crime documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. Meanwhile, the comedies City Slickers and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead both came out 30 years ago this week, and John Hughes’ beloved, Matthew Broderick-led high school movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the very funny Rodney Dangerfield college comedy Back to School both turn 35.
Going back further, Mel Brooks’ episodic comedy History of the World Part I, the original version of the action fantasy film Clash of the Titans, with its amazing Ray Harryhausen effects, and the first installment of the aforementioned Indiana Jones franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, all turn 40 years old this week. Also, the Sherlock Holmes comedy They Might Be Giants turns 50, the Steve McQueen-led western Nevada Smith turns 55, the classic action drama A Kiss Before Dying turns 65, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, starring Barbara Stanwyck in the titular role, turns 75 and Fritz Lang’s thriller Man Hunt turns 80.
More recent movies with noteworthy anniversaries include Swordfish, the Disney animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Ivan Reitman’s sci-fi comedy Evolution, María Ripoll’s Mexican-American comedy Tortilla Soup and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming’s brilliant indie drama The Anniversary Party, which all turn 20 this week. Also, Pixar’s Cars, John Hillcoat’s western The Proposition and Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion were all released 15 years ago, while J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 turns 10. And The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2 and Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation Warcraft are all already 5 years old!
Can you recommend some great movie deals on Vudu?
As part of their Summer of Savings sale, Vudu currently has a great deal on adaptations of all kinds, with every title highlighted discounted at 25%, including every installment of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight and The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchises. As for the rest, here are some pairings I recommend: Moneyball and The Big Short, Gone with the Wind and Cold Mountain, Stand by Me and We Are the Best!, My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood, the 1994 Little Women and The Virgin Suicides, The Witches and Matilda and Hugo and Paddington.
Which must-see movies are coming soon to FandangoNOW and Vudu?
Let Us In, a thrilling sci-fi/horror movie starring Sadie Stanley (Kim Possible) and the Saw franchise’s Tobin Bell, is coming to digital next month, on July 2, and it’s currently available to pre-order for purchase on FandangoNOW. The family-friendly feature follows a couple of small-town kids (Makenzie Moss and O’Neill Monahan) investigating the mysterious disappearance of several local teenagers.
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