Coming to Video-On-Demand in February 2017

Amy Adams in 'Arrival,' directed by Denis Villeneuve

The Oscar nominees are coming to video-on-demand in February. The thoughtful and heady science fiction drama Arrival and the poetic, provocative Moonlight are each up for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Other Best Picture nominees arriving in February are Manchester By the Sea and Hacksaw Ridge, both with six nominations.

Loving, about the interracial couple whose marriage was at the Supreme Court, received a nomination for actress Ruth Negga, and supporting actor Michael Shannon was nominated for the dark thriller Nocturnal Animals. The Marvel superhero movie Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Master of the Mystic Arts, earned a nomination for its visual effects.

Also coming in February: the World War II romantic thriller Allied with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, the animated feature Trolls, the coming-of-age drama Edge of Seventeen, and the documentary The Eagle Huntress.

Video-on-Demand, what used to be known pay-per-view, is essentially a streaming rental service and has become one of the most popular home viewing choices for new movies. It is available through most digital cable and satellite systems. Most titles are also available through web-based VOD services like iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Flixster, and Google Play.

Here are the notable arrivals coming to VOD in February

February 3
American Violence
War on Everyone

February 7
Almost Christmas
American Pastoral
Baby, Baby, Baby
The Eagle Huntress
The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Secrets of Deception

February 14
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Bleed for This
The Edge of Seventeen
The Great Game
Somewhere in the Middle

February 17
In Dubious Battle

February 21
Bad Santa 2
Hacksaw Ridge
Manchester By the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
The Student and Mister Henri

February 24
Girl with All the Gifts

February 28
Doctor Strange
Rules Don’t Apply
Shut In

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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