Home video: Stream Oscar-winner ‘The Green Book’
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.
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“The Green Book”: While the final images of “BlacKkKlansman” serve as a reminder that racism is an intractable problem, “The Green Book” evokes something like nostalgia for a time when things were worse but getting better. As Italian-American tough guy Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) drives African-American concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) through the Deep South in the midst of the vcivil rights movement, every stop is a revelation. The Christmas Eve ending is as old-fashioned as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which Oscar voters clearly preferred to current events.
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“Instant Family”: Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg are a previously childless couple who take in three neglected siblings in this family comedy. The movie is basically a two-hour PSA about foster parenting, and that’s OK because it’s so heartfelt, with enough laughs and more than enough tearjerking moments to keep it involving. A strong supporting cast — Tig Notaro, Octavia Spencer, Margo Martindale — helps, too.
Also: “Creed II”
“Stray”: The trailer for this supernatural thriller is murky and mysterious, like dozens you’ve seen before, except that women are central to the plot: a female detective, a murdered woman and her teenage daughter, who has strange powers that may be the key to the case. It does contain a moment that will hook you, though, when a coroner reveals he has carbon-dated the victim’s corpse. Why would he do that? So he can reveal that she was 1,000 years old, of course.