It is still the season of the end of the year award films arriving on home video. This week includes The Danish Girl, 99 Homes, Grandma, and the failed award hopeful Legend. Also The Night Before, which re-teams the core group of 50/50 (director Jonathan Levine and actors Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and adds Anthony Mackie, and thriller remake The Secret In Their Eyes.
A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration. Award: Best Supporting Actor nomination – Michael Shannon (Golden Globes. SAG)
The Danish Girl
Biography, Drama, Romance
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, whose marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Awards: Best Actor nominations – Eddie Redmayne (Oscars, Golden Globes); Actress nominations – Alicia Vikander (Oscars, Golden Globes).
A teenager (Julia Garner) facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother (Lily Tomlin), a woman who is long estranged from her daughter. Award: Best Actress nomination – Lily Tomlin.
Biography, Crime, Drama
Identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s, are the setting for this film. It focuses on the relationship between Reggie and Frances Shea (Emily Browning), and the film is primarily told from Frances’ perspective.
The Night Before
On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Secret In Their Eyes
Set in 2002 and 2015, a tight-knit team of rising investigators (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts), along with their supervisor (Ejiofor), is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. A story of friendship, investigations, cold cases, and revenge.