This photo provided by courtesy of A24 shows Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin  in a scene from the film, "The Witch." (Rafy/A24 via AP)

“A New England folktale” is how the opening titles describe writer-director Robert Eggers’ impressively rigorous feature debut. The film doesn’t just take place in early 17th century America, but it has effectively summoned the nightmares and superstitions of the era, much of which Eggers faithfully reproduced from various historical sources.

FILE - This file image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from "The Danish Girl." The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online. “Creed” and “The Danish Girl” are available for purchase; iTunes says “The Danish Girl” can also be rented starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (Agatha A. Nitecka/Focus Features via AP, File)

Five of the eight best-picture nominees are available online. Add the acting categories, and you can watch nine of the 15 nominees. In all, you can watch 30 of the 57 nominated full-length movies and shorts. An additional two, including best-picture nominee “Brooklyn,” are due out before the Feb. 28 awards show.


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