What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘Unhinged,’ ‘The Opening Act,’ Miranda July’s ‘Kajillionaire’ and More

What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘Unhinged,’ ‘The Opening Act,’ Miranda July’s ‘Kajillionaire’ and More

Want to know what’s coming soon to digital and what to watch right now on FandangoNOW? Here is your weekly guide to the latest releases:


What are the latest new releases to watch right now?

Unhinged stars Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as an unstable man who loses it one morning while sitting in traffic. After a young mother (Caren Pistorius) honks her horn at him, road rage turns to full-on psychotic behavior, directed at the woman and her family. Following its recent theatrical release, the movie is now available to rent digitally as a Home Premiere title.


Also now available as a Home Premiere rental following its theatrical release: Kajillionaire is the latest from quirky indie filmmaker Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know). The comedy follows a family of con artists (Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins and Evan Rachel Wood) who suddenly, desperately bring in an outsider (Gina Rodriguez) for the next scam.


New to rent or buy this week is the comedy The Opening Act, which stars Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians) as a struggling stand-up comedian learning the ropes from a veteran comic played by Cedric the Entertainer. The movie also features other notable stand-up comedians, including Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Ken Jeong, Alex Moffat, Neal Brennan and Jermaine Fowler.


What movies are great to pair with those new releases?

When it comes to movies that begin with guys losing it while sitting in traffic, a la Unhinged, I have to recommend Joel Schumacher’s man-versus-society drama Falling Down. Michael Douglas stars as a troubled, recently laid-off man who ventures through the diverse terrain and class differences of Los Angeles on an odyssey to see his estranged daughter on her birthday.


Con-artist families are quite common in movies, so there are a few titles worthy of a double feature alongside Kajillionaire. Perhaps the father/daughter partnerships of Paper Moon and Matchstick Men? Or you’ve got the mother/son scammers of The Grifters. Of course, your best bet for a pairing involving a whole family affair is the latest Oscar winner for Best Picture: Parasite.


The plot of The Opening Act is reminiscent of Judd Apatow’s Funny People, which stars Seth Rogen as the young comic learning from a vet played by Adam Sandler. Another older movie worth pairing with the new release is 1988’s Punchline, in which Sally Field is a newbie comic learning from a more experienced stand-up comedian played by Tom Hanks.


Are there any other big movies coming out this week?

Get ready for the holiday season early with Friendsgiving, which arrives on digital this Friday, October 23. The ensemble comedy, which is written and directed by comedian-turned-filmmaker Nicol Paone, stars Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Jane Seymour, Christine Taylor, Chelsea Peretti and more as a group of friends and family who gather together for Thanksgiving.


What are some great holiday-themed horror movies to rent this month?

While we’re looking ahead to the holiday season but are still in a mood for horror this month, how about some scary movies set during special occasions? There’s the return of Michael Myers in the recent sequel Halloween, and for turkey day, there’s Thankskilling. For yuletide festivities in December, the best choice is the original Bob Clark slasher film Black Christmas.


Rounding out the year’s holidays in horror, there’s the original My Bloody Valentine for Valentine’s Day, the cult-classic follow-up Leprechaun 2 for St. Patrick’s Day, the sci-fi horror sequel Critters 2: The Main Course for Easter, the twisted original version of April Fool’s Day, and of course, Jaws for the Fourth of July. You can also get a bunch of holiday horror in the anthology film Holidays!


Can you recommend some great binge bundles to rent or buy?

Since I recommend Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite to pair with Kajillionaire, I might as well spotlight the Bong binge bundle collecting three of the director’s films: Mother, The Host and Barking Dogs Never Bite. Then there’s the Joy Ride collection, grouping together all three installments of the series following one of the most notable unhinged drivers, Rusty Nails.


Are we celebrating any big anniversaries this week?

Turning 25 years old this week are Kevin Smith’s sophomore comedy Mallrats, the John Travolta-led Hollywood gangster picture Get Shorty, the coming-of-age film Now and Then and the Disney animator documentary Frank and Ollie. Triple the years and we’ve got the 75th anniversary of the release of Mildred Pierce, which earned Joan Crawford an Oscar for Best Actress.


Modern classics celebrating anniversaries include the hip-hop musical drama Krush Groove, which turns 35, the Tom Savini-helmed Night of the Living Dead remake, which turns 30, James Gray’s crime thriller The Yards, which turns 20, and Shane Black’s crime comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Niki Caro’s Charlize Theron-led mining drama North Country, both of which turn 15.


Which must-see movies are coming soon to FandangoNOW?

If you’re craving more Malin Akerman movies, especially after you watch Friendsgiving this weekend, mark your calendar for November 13. That’s the digital release date for Chick Fight, which stars Akerman as a woman looking to turn her life around and turning to an all-women fight club for the solution. The comedy also co-stars Bella Thorne and Alec Baldwin.


What are the 10 most popular new movies on FandangoNOW?

1. Love and Monsters
2. Mulan
3. Trump Card
4. Antebellum
5. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
6. Ava
7. Alone
8. An Imperfect Murder
9. Batman: Death in the Family
10. Cut Throat City

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