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Home video: ‘First Man’ now available on digital

January 8, 2019

Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.

Buy it now

“First Man”: Director Damien Chazelle followed up the fantasia of “La La Land” with this hyper-realistic biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon. Despite its pedigree, the only Golden Globe it won Sunday was for original score. Even so, Justin Hurwitz’s acceptance speech about composing for theremin added to the movie’s wonky appeal.

Also: “The Hate U Give,” “Johnny English Strikes Again”

Rent it now

“The Car: Road to Revenge”: “Who knows what it wants?” a portentous narrator asks in the trailer for the 1977 horror movie “The Car.” No one could say, least of all the malevolent, driverless car wreaking havoc in the movie, which starred James Brolin. Forty years later, a silly sequel provides an answer — vengeance. This surly sedan is inhabited by the spirit of a murdered district attorney. The concept is still a problem. Whether tracking the thugs who killed him or the cop moving in on his girl, the car has only one play in its book — run them down. Unlike the PG original, this one revs up the gory results.

Also: “Mid90s,” “The Oath”

In theaters

“American Hangman”: The idea behind this thriller — trial by social media — is intriguing. It’s happening already in some ways, when ideas or images are celebrated or attacked on Twitter and Facebook. It’s an open question, though, whether the production and script rise to the level of the stars: Donald Sutherland as a judge accused of condemning an innocent man, and “Mad Men’s” Vincent Kartheiser as the vigilante who puts him on trial online.

Jim Kiest is the arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jkiest@express-news.net | Twitter: @jimik64

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