NEW THIS WEEK: UNCUT GEMS, BOMBSHELL, AND MORE

HIGH STAKES

The New York jewelry game is already a high-risk business, but one aging jeweler has a plan to strike it rich that involves loan sharks, professional basketball players, and a whole lot of danger.

In his world you either win or you lose, and he’s not ready to lose. Get more than you bargained for with Uncut Gems.

One person speaking out against injustice may only get so far, but enough people doing it can blow the lid off.

Witness the fallout when a group of women with everything to lose take on their corporate overlord in the true story Bombshell.

NEW TO RENT

The world can be a cold and mysterious place, but a few true friends can always set you on the right path.

Return to the magical kingdom of Arendelle for the spellbinding sing-along sequel Frozen II.

Blood may be thicker than water, but someone in this mourning family has been shedding more than tears.

The case is on for a renowned detective racing against the clock, and everyone and their mother (and cousin, and uncle) is a suspect in Knives Out.

NEW THIS WEEK: QUEEN & SLIM, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, AND MORE

ON THE RUN

A so-so first date turns into an epic escape for the ages when a Black man and woman are forced to flee across the country after killing a police officer in self-defense at a traffic stop.

With the whole country watching, will these two fugitives make it out alive or be crushed under the weight of a corrupt system? Watch Queen & Slim to find out.

You have to walk before you can fly, and a mission to recover a deadly technology is going to test everything these agile agents have learned and trained for.

Take off with a new generation of highly-skilled heroes in the fierce and fast-paced Charlie’s Angels.

NEW TO RENT

This closed-off journalist and formidably friendly TV host may not see eye to eye, but an interview assignment could provide a new perspective.

Meet the man behind the sweater through the eyes of a dyed-in-the-wool cynic with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Two naval forces, one contested stretch of ocean, and a battle of wills that turned the tide of the world’s biggest war.

Midway takes a clear-eyed look into the eye of a real-life military storm the likes of which the world had never seen.

Young Johannes has it all: a devoted mother, a country he loves above all else, and a rather… unusual imaginary friend.

Find out how a little life experience can turn the whole world upside down in the charming, disarming, award-winning comedy Jojo Rabbit.

OUR EXCLUSIVE JOJO RABBIT INTERVIEW WITH ALFIE ALLEN

LIGHTENING THE MOOD

Jojo Rabbit, the smart and silly satire with a heart of gold, is available to rent today on Vudu! This daring and darkly comedic tale about a young boy growing up in World War II Germany took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and we sat down with actor Alfie Allen to talk about his transition from brooding warrior in Game of Thrones to hilarious henchman in Jojo Rabbit.

V = Vudu

AA = Alfie Allen

V: Greetings, Alfie! Thanks for making time for this interview. Let’s talk about all things Jojo Rabbit and you, of course! 

AA: Indeed, indeed. 

V: We so needed a film like Jojo Rabbit to happen right now. 

AA: Absolutely! 

V: What surprised you most about the film’s success? An off-beat film connecting with an audience is not always a guarantee, but Jojo Rabbit found its way.  

AA: Like you said, we did need a movie like this right now! It’s a movie that’s just full of positivity. It’s about a single mother who’s raising her child during a horrific time, and it managed to touch the hearts of many, many people. If anyone has any reservations about seeing it because of the delicate subject matter, I think that you should as it can be a cathartic experience!  (Director) Taika (Waititi) had some pretty crazy statistics on how little people knew about what happened during the Second World War. It was very shocking to me. So, I am glad the film is a resounding success so far, and I’m just happy to be a part of it. It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. 

V: The film won the Audience Prize at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and it succeeded in keeping a steady momentum of acclaim and interest. Why do you think audiences have been so supportive of the film? 

AA: My friends and family have been to see it, and all I’ve heard is positive feedback. Taika is very smart in how he centers his film like Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople; you’re seeing the world through the innocence of a child’s eyes. Jojo Rabbit is a movie that touches upon delicate subject matter. Still, Taika taps into that innocent sensibility in a smart manner. We all like being a kid now and again, don’t we? 

V: I can only imagine what it must be like being handed a script like Jojo Rabbit and be asked to consider it as a project. What made you say, “I’m going to do this. Yes, absolutely!” 

AA: Projects like Jojo Rabbit should be championed. Especially when you seek to make something that’s daring and interesting and completely different. Scarlett Johansson as Rosie is a role that anchors the movie. Taika is fantastic in it, but I think Rosie just makes the whole thing as it is the story of a single mother raising her child and a lot of people can relate to that. It’s the perfect time for a film like this to be made, as the world Taika creates is a dystopic one but it comes with a positive message rather than a negative one. 

V: Let’s talk about Finkel because he is one very interesting character. What motivates this man, especially his unwavering loyalty to Captain Klenzendorf (portrayed by Sam Rockwell)? 

AA: Finkel kind of ended up by circumstance on the wrong side of things. He possesses this unwavering loyalty to Sam’s character, which is what drives him.  He’s just enamored and obsessed with Klenzendorf. It was just a joy to be able to bounce off of Sam and have that opportunity to at least attempt comedic timing. The whole process in making comedic moments happen in Jojo Rabbit was something I’ve never experienced before. It was great. 

V: Watching you and Sam together was like seeing All About Eve without the betrayal. How did you shape this performance, which is a sublime example of physical humor? You say so much with often just an expression.  

AA: Taika has this kind of blueprint for what he wants and what he needs. He came to me with the role as he saw something in me that worked for it. I guess it’s all about the company you keep. Whatever came to fruition in the performance was down to everyone else around me. In terms of the physicality of what I was doing, I think it is a compliment to Taika about how loose he allowed things to be and how clear of an idea he had of what he wants. It was a really lovely environment to work in. At the same time, there was an amazing set design. Everyone involved just knew how delicate the material was, but also that we had the opportunity to make something special. 

V: When you’re in a specific world like Game of Thrones, certain rules exist for a reason.  You can’t deviate too much from what the genre demands. Here’s a film, however, that breaks all the rules. What do you relish most about having this ability to kind of play a role like Finkel? It’s a serious subject matter, yes, but it isn’t exactly told in a serious way either at times. The bursts of humor are very human. 

AA: Just after Thrones was finished, I went straight onto Jojo. For me, as an actor, aside from the subject matter going on within the movie, the opportunity to attempt comedy and comedic timing was very attractive to me.  I just relished it. People seem to be happy with the finished product. I am just looking forward to having more people see it. 

V: You’re a new parent yourself, correct? 

AA: I am.

V: This relationship between Jojo and Rosie is wonderful to watch, which makes it so heartbreaking when you see the outcome of Rosie’s actions. As a parent, what was your reaction to this mother-son duo who are the foundation of the film?  

AA: I was raised by a single mother. I had that to relate to without a shadow of a doubt. During filming, Taika came out and said it, but we all just felt like big brothers to Roman Griffin Davis. I don’t know if he’d even done that much before, but we didn’t know what to expect when we started filming. Taika created this incredible environment. And so, with Roman at the center of it, I thought the rest of us equally felt like other children. It was just great to be able to guide Roman through it all. It was a family feeling on set for that reason as we all bonded very well. 

V: When you have a project that has so many layers to it, how important is it having a leader like Taika to create a unified front? How did he get this cast to be on the same page? 

AA: After a long day shooting, Taika and I just went out to dinner straight away. I told him that I was so thankful for his allowing me the opportunity to do something that I had never really done before. I knew about him and his work and was equally excited about working with him as I was about building experiences as an actor. He is just extremely talented. I guess a part of that bond is just being proud of the work. You’re not overshadowed by anything. You just feel like an equal to the other actors on set. That’s one of the most important pieces of advice I ever received on set: never think that you’re better or worse than someone else. Maybe it’s just me projecting, but that’s what Taika tries to do; It’s just a gorgeous atmosphere to work in. You don’t feel the pressure too much. You just feel that you can get on with it. 

V: How did you connect with Sam Rockwell? Real-life friendships take years to deepen. As co-stars, you might be meeting for the first time at a table read. How was it establishing that bond with Sam?

AA: I’ve looked up to Sam as an actor for a long time. It was a dream to be able to work with him. Sam’s moments of improvisation and just allowing that kind of spontaneity are similar to what Taika does and allows.  

V: Do you have a favorite scene together? Or, what do you view as a signature Jojo Rabbit moment? 

AA: A lot of the stuff between Jojo and Elsa, Thomasin McKenzie’s character, obviously, is great as well. The dinner scene with Scarlett and Roman is great: the one where she puts on the beard. I’ve never seen anything like that before. You just didn’t know where the scene was going, and it somehow chokes you up. You see their reality from so many different perspectives in literally the space of about five or 10 seconds, and I just thought it was so clever and so heartwarming and also heartbreaking, you know? 

V: How was it living out such a complicated moment in history while on location in Prague? Were you able to decompress from it all? 

AA: It was scary at times. There were some things happening that were just frightening as these kids walking around in Nazi outfits and this was normalized for them though they didn’t have a choice in it. It was horrifying if you think about it. When we would go out to dinner in the evenings, we’d have conversations about it. It was all serving a purpose in the movie, as well as paying respect to the struggles people experienced during those times. Shooting it in Prague was strange because at some locations, and it was these gorgeous little toy-town villages, there were still bullet marks in the walls in some places. It was crazy and did feel bizarre at times and scary. But we all knew what we were making, and it was a positive thing we were doing.  

V: For you, what makes Taika such a vital presence to have in film today?  

AA: He’s totally refreshing as a person and as a director, you know? He’s just what Hollywood needs, in my opinion. 

V: When we have a film that focuses on the past, it does make a statement about what we are living in the moment in our reality.  

AA: A very, very strange political situation is going on. We have Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, two toxic males who are in power, and I think this is what Jojo Rabbit is about. As I said, the film is about a single mother trying to raise her son, and that’s about spreading love and positivity in the world. And so, I think we need more of that, more of those types of people spreading their message of love rather than hate. 

V: One of the key narrative points of the film is Jojo’s friendship with Imaginary Adolf. Such friends are a big deal for some of us growing up. Out of curiosity, did you have such a friend? Why do you think some of us resort to creating such a pal?  

AA: To keep you safe from loneliness, I guess, but I don’t know. I will say I had a cuddly toy dog called Blackjack White. I never had any imaginary friends. I think I might’ve tried to have one, but it just didn’t work out. [Laughter] 

V: What message do you want audiences to embrace after watching this wonderfully rendered story? 

AA: That you are allowed to feel positively about moving forward in our lives and just give each other more respect but also allow each other to be the version of ourselves that we want to be. I think you have to tread that line carefully because some people aren’t going to be the best or nicest version of themselves. But I would say we just have to be more understanding of each other, without a doubt. And maybe not be so self-righteous about things. 

NEW THIS WEEK: FROZEN II AND MORE

ANSWER THE CALL TO ADVENTURE

It’s time to follow the winter wind back to the magical land of Arendelle, because Disney’s Frozen II has arrived! Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2020 Oscars, he long-anticipated sequel to the smash hit musical adventure is finally here, with familiar faces, brand new songs, and a mystical mystery that takes our heroes far beyond familiar borders.

To find out more about the lessons in store for Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and friends (plus how to watch the movie while skipping content you don’t want to see thanks to our exclusive Family Play feature), check out our deep-dive Frozen II post here, and purchase Frozen II today to share some beautifully rendered Disney magic with the whole family.

OSCAR-WINNING NEW RENTAL

With high-velocity cuts and supersonic sound, Ford v Ferrari raced ahead of the pack at the 92nd Academy Awards to pick up the Oscars for best film editing and best sound editing.

You have the green light to rent this pulse-pounding true story right now, and you can watch our exclusive clip above to see how the crew brought the feeling of real-life racing to the screen, plus star Christian Bale‘s thoughts on the thrill of hitting the track.

STILL IN THEATERS

One young shepherd may not be enough to save his Jewish neighbors from the encroaching Nazi occupation, but with the help of the whole town anything is possible.

Open a window into the human power of caring with the moving family drama Waiting for Anya.

A single mutated, happiness-producing flower is a lovely gift. An ever-expanding bunch of them could grow into something far more sinister.

Find out if a well-meaning horticulturalist can nip her creation in the bud, or if this field of dreams is truly the stuff of nightmares in Little Joe.

NEW THIS WEEK: A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MIDWAY, AND MORE

WAR & PEACE

One American icon known for turning frowns upside down. One curmudgeonly journalist determined to see the sour side. One interview for the history books.

Explore the legacy of Mr. Rogers from an unexpected angle in the warm and wise hit drama A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

With careful strategy, calculated risk, and brave people putting their life on the line, one oceanic, airborne battle can turn the tide of an entire war.

Witness one of the defining moments of World War II’s Pacific theater in the bold and battle-hardened Midway.

NEW TO RENT

If you can’t stand the wildly mischievous kids and their huge dog, better get out of the firehouse.

These no-nonsense firefighters are about to face their toughest mission yet: babysitting. Get in on the fun with Playing With Fire.

She’s never opened her heart to anyone, and he wears his on his sleeve, but they’ll find they’ve got more in common than meets the eye.

Enjoy some sly and sweet romcom wonder and find out what a difference one Last Christmas can make.

Haunted by the past, fearful of the future, and with nowhere to go but forward, the son of one of cinema’s scariest figures is going to have to face his demons.

Enter a nightmarish world of secrets, scares, and sleepless nights with the terrifying twists of Doctor Sleep.