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If you were planning to go to the movies this weekend, you are out of luck. Even if you are not being forced to stay inside due to the coronavirus outbreak, most theaters have closed their doors. That’s why some movie studios are making their recent movie releases available as expensive streaming digital rentals. Today, the first three movies to use this new formula are now available to rent: The Invisible Man, The Hunt, and Emma.

All three films are from Universal Pictures, which has led the way in this new movie business model. These movies are available to rent for $19.99 via outlets like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and others. After you purchase the rental, you have 30 days to watch the movie. Once you begin streaming the films, you have up to 48 hours to watch them before they expire.

The Invisible Man

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Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale) has received critical praise for her performance in this latest reboot of the Universal Monsters series. She plays a woman with an abusive boyfriend with a tech background. She leaves him one night and later is told he has died. But is he really dead? Soon she experiences events that make her convinced her ex is not only alive but has found a way to turn himself invisible to torment her.

The Hunt

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This movie was supposed to be released in theaters back in September 2019. It got pulled off the schedule due to criticisms of its plot by both conservative and liberal groups. Universal finally released The Hunt in theaters on March 13, just before theaters started to close. Now you can see if all the fuss is worth it. It depicts an event held by rich liberals where they hunt people they deem to be conservative for sport.

Emma

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This is the latest movie adaptation of the much-loved novel by Jane Austen. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the title character, a woman in 19th-century England’s high society who tries to make love connections for her friends but doesn’t seem to have much luck in love herself.

More recent major theatrical films are coming to digital rental outlets soon with similar prices. On Tuesday, March 24, Sony will release the Vin Diesel superhero flick Bloodshot for a $19.99 rental. On that same day, Warner Bros. will release The Way Back, the high school basketball drama starring Ben Affleck. On March 27, the faith-based movie I Still Believe will be released for rental. Finally, on April 10, Universal will release the CGI animated musical sequel Trolls World Tour via digital rental. April 10 was supposed to be when this movie was going to be released to theaters.

Will you be renting these movies tonight?

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