If you are like me, going to see a film at a movie theater is cathartic. Much like the smell of sun tan lotion at the beach or the sound of the organ at a baseball game, walking into a cinema and getting hit with that amazing aroma of popcorn immediately triggers a form of escapism that few events can match. Whether you go with your significant other, your family, or just go by yourself, once you are in the confines of a movie theater, all the world’s problems disappear for a couple of hours.
With Covid-19 basically forcing theaters closed, moviegoers have had to adapt to a new world in which that popcorn smell has been replaced by the very distinct stench of household disinfectant. While we can’t make that weekend pilgrimage to our local cineplex, many advantages were always hiding in plain sight. No more waiting in snake shaped lines to see a popular movie. I don’t have to ask my wife to silence her cell phone. If my son kicks the back of my chair, he’s grounded for life. If I have to use the restroom, I simply press pause and grab my iPad. Don’t act like you don’t do it! While we all miss the theater-going experience, those are some positives that can bridge the gap until life goes back normal. Here are a few noteworthy films streaming now.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Prime)
While not as good as the first Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen’s reprisal as the fourth most popular journalist in Kazakhstan is incredibly entertaining and extremely uncomfortable. Sure, it’s uneven, but something funny finally came out of 2020.
Unhinged (On Demand)
Russell Crowe plays a mentally unstable murderer that sets his sights on a young mother and her son. Unhinged is a brutal and relentless throwback to 1980’s B movies, that at times will have you viewing through slightly separated fingers. Road rage has never looked so terrifying.
The Witches (HBO MAX)
Roald Dahl’s classic childrens’ novel gets a new makeover. Director Robert Zemeckis keeps all the scares from the 1990 film and infuses the story with a lot of heart and an absolutely over the top performance by Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch.
By SCOTT PETERSON