Sundance flicks to stream this week from the comfort of your home

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews Sundance (Part 1)

The Sundance Film Festival has sparked an annual bidding war between streaming giants.

Last year, Hulu spent a record $20 million to purchase the fantasy rom-com “Palm Springs.”

Over the weekend, Apple TV+ broke that record by spending $25 million for “CODA,” an acclaimed coming-of-age drama about a hearing girl (Emilia Jones) with deaf parents (Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur).

Due to the pandemic, Sundance is making this year’s film slate available to stream on their site.

So which films can you watch this week from the comfort of your home?

Check out the exciting options below:

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield reunite after “Get Out” for Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which chronicles the life of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who was betrayed (“Donnie Brasco”-style) by FBI informant William O’Neal. Expect it to be an instant Oscar contender in April, having already been named one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies of the Year.

The virtual premiere will be held Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The 24-hour streaming window begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

‘Mass’

Jason Isaacs has starred as delicious villains in “The Patriot” and “Harry Potter,” but he calls “Mass” the most powerful experience he’s ever had. He stars with Martha Plimpton (“The Goonies”) and Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”) in the story of a church shooting directed by Fran Kranz.

The 24-hour streaming window begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

‘Marvelous & The Black Hole’

Rhea Pearlman (“Cheers”) plays a surly party magician helping a teenage delinquent (Miya Cech) navigate her dysfunctional family and inner demons in the new comedy “Marvelous and the Black Hole.” The film also co-stars Lucy DeVito, the daughter of Pearlman and Danny DeVito.

The 24-hour streaming window begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

‘Passing’

Based on a 1929 Harlem Renaissnace novel by Nella Larsen, “Passing” stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson as two fair-skinned Black Americans who debate the issue of “passing as white” in 1920s New York.

The 24-hour streaming window began Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’

Nicolas Cage and Nick Cassavettes star in the action horror flick “Prisoners of the Ghostland” about a notorious criminal who must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.

The 24-hour streaming window begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

‘Together Together’

Ed Helms plays a 40-year-old app designer who attempts to become a single father by hiring a surrogate in the romantic comedy “Together Together,” a relationship that changes their perceptions of love.

The 24-hour streaming window begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews Sundance (Part 2)

 

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