20th Century Fox was the first studio to send a DVD screener to Academy Awards voters this year with the blockbuster “Logan” arriving in mid September. This latest installment in the “X-Men” franchise features an acclaimed supporting turn by Patrick Stewart. Sony Pictures Classics folllowed a few days later with the biopic “Maudie,” which showcases past Oscar contenders Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, and the character study “Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer,” starring the never-nominated Richard Gere.
Netflix and Amazon were next out of the gate, with each of these streaming services sending three screeners at the end of October: “The Meyerowitz Stories,” “Okja” and “War Machine” arrived from Netflix while “City of Ghosts,” “Human Flow” and “Long, Strange Trip” were shipped by Amazon.
In the first week of November, Universal couriered two of its top titles: the psychological thriller “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest hit, and the animated sequel “Despicable Me 3.” And Warner Bros. delivered two of its biggest hits of the year: the comic book come to life “Wonder Woman” and the CGI-animated “The LEGO Batman Movie.”
Expect this trickle to turn into a flood in the coming weeks leading up to Thanksgiving (a prime time to catch up on contenders.
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