downhill trailer

(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.)

If you’ve seen all the /Film coverage from Sundance and gotten eager to sample the year’s first crop of new movies, you’re in luck! A number of them are hitting theaters almost immediately following their Park City debuts (plus a few on Netflix, including Dee Rees’ supposed bust The Last Thing He Wanted), and that’s on top of what looks like a promising crop of new releases on the studio side of things. If you’re looking to prepare for February’s openings, or perhaps just preparing a double feature with one half at home, here are some viewing options for you.

(Of note: I was not able to include a film for February’s biggest release, Birds of Prey, because director Cathy Yan’s debut feature still does not have U.S. distribution. Dead Pigs somehow got enough attention to get her a gig directing a giant movie for DC Comics, yet no distributor wants to put her prior film out there over two years after it premiered at Sundance. Justice for Dead Pigs, Cathy Yan and female filmmakers of color!)

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wendy review

Filmmakers just can’t stop returning to the world of Peter Pan. The story of the boy who never grew up holds sway over seemingly everyone, from Walt Disney, to Steven Spielberg, to Joe Wright, and beyond. The latest to tackle to the tale is Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild. That 2012 indie was once acclaimed, but has since fallen out of favor. Zeitlin’s return, Wendy, is more of the same, for better or worse. If you enjoyed and still enjoy Beasts, you’ll probably find something to love about Zeitlin’s Peter Pan riff. But the filmmaker’s sophomore effort is also messier, and save for a handful of choices, ultimately brings nothing new to a familiar story.

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wendy trailer

Director Benh Zeitlin hasn’t made a film since the acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012, but now he’s back with Wendy. The movie is a reimagining of the story of Peter Pan, and it looks very similar to Beasts of the Southern Wild. It also looks charming, emotional, and kind of wonderful. Best of all, it looks like it brings something new to a familiar story rather than just recycling things we’ve seen a dozen times before. Watch the Wendy trailer below.

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wendy first look

It’s been eight years since Benh Zeitlin broke out with his debut feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which earned him numerous accolades and three Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture. Now the director makes an auspicious return with Wendy, a “wildly reimagined” retelling of Peter Pan from the point of view of the titular girl who traveled to Never Land. Fox Searchlight has debuted two Wendy first look images of the second feature film from Zeitlin, as well as plot details of the fantasy-drama.

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