Shia LaBeouf stars in story of one of tennis’ greatest matches


Here are a few interesting new releases that are available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available through streaming services.

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“Borg vs. McEnroe”: Swedish director Janus Metz takes on the infamous tennis rivalry between Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). In 1980, Borg was riding high after winning the French Open for the fifth time. He had faced off against McEnroe at Wimbledon the year before, and they had quite a showdown during the final round of the 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest games in the history of the sport, and this film, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, helps to round out the story. Stellan Skarsgård won the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. (Cable and digital VOD)

“The Greatest Showman”: Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in this musical extravaganza from first-time director Michael Gracey. Don’t come to this looking for historical accuracy in any capacity, but we are served up a very entertaining origin story for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michelle Williams is underutilized as Barnum’s wife, Charity, but former Disney star Zendaya shines as a trapeze artist in the circus who becomes the love interest for Zac Efron’s character, who is portraying a character based on Barnum’s partner, James Anthony Bailey. The movie is full of incredibly catchy but wildly anachronistic music written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the Oscar-winning songwriters from “La La Land”). (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available from FandangoNOW and iTunes)

Also on streaming services

“The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”: If you have seen some of the earlier work from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth,” “The Lobster”), you already know that he leans towards the absurd and surreal. Colin Farrell stars as Steven, a cardiac surgeon and loving family man who has struggled in the past with drinking too much. In fact, despite rising to a successful career in his field, it is possible that he has been drunk on the job before. It is even more possible that his proclivity for alcohol resulted in the death of the father of a teenage boy named Martin (Barry Keoghan) during a medical procedure. Steven’s guilt has resulted in him attempting to mentor Martin and become a father figure towards him, but the young man has other, much darker ideas that will change his life forever. Farrell, already a master of Lanthimos’ cinematic universe, is matched this time around with Nicole Kidman, who is transcendent as Steven’s wife, Anna. (Amazon Prime)



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