TheAltitude Report

What to Watch on Board in February

Fearless firefighters, scintillating sci-fi and hard-hitting history on your seatback screen.

For short flights

TV: Genius (season 1, episodes 1–10)

Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Geoffrey Rush join forces on this National Geographic series dramatizing the life of Albert Einstein. And this is no dry treatise on theoretical physics, but rather a rollickingly realistic depiction of the unorthodox life of an icon.
Where to Find It: Drama TV channel on all domestic and international flights
Language: English
Running Time: 44 minutes per episode

Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), this is either a crime drama leavened with comedy, or a black comedy with dramatic elements. Frances McDormand stars as a small-town mother who posts billboards attacking the police she believes did not properly pursue her daughter’s killer.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Drama movie categories on international flights only
Languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Running Time: 146 minutes

Movie: Only the Brave

This deeply moving film, based on a true story, tells the tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of firefighters who lost their lives courageously battling 2013’s massive Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Action movie catagories on all domestic and international flights
Language: English
Running Time: 134 minutes

What to Listen To

Audio: Land of Talk  – Life After Youth

Seven years is a long time in pop music, and that’s how long indie standout Elizabeth Powell, leader of Land of Talk, took to record this follow-up to 2010’s Cloak and Cipher. Poppy guitars share space with sparse synths and Powell’s poetic lyrics, while folk rocker Sharon Van Etten lends her voice to standout track “This Time.”
Where to Find It: Rock audio channel on domestic and international flights
Language: English
Running Time: 39 minutes

 


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For longer flights

Movie: Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve was given a daunting task: create a sequel to 1982’s iconic Blade Runner. And the Québécois director delivered, with this visually stunning and philosophically thought-provoking epic starring Ryan Gosling as an android “replicant” who must track down long-lost replicant hunter Harrison Ford.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Action movie categories on all domestic and international flights
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Running Time: 164 minutes

Monthly Themed Programming: Black History Month

Movie: In the Heat of the Night

Directed by Canadian Norman Jewison, this searing murder drama scooped up a lot of awards for its unsparing look at race relations in the American South half a century ago. Both Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger give powerhouse performances as mismatched cops.
Where to Find It: Black History Month and Drama movie categories on all 787 and 777 flights
Language: English
Running Time: 110 minutes

Movie: Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. remains perhaps the most inspiring political and social figure of the past 60 years. This harrowing yet inspiring drama tells the story of the famous voting-rights marches Dr. King and his allies organized in 1960s Alabama, in the face of overwhelming prejudice.
Where to Find It: Black History Month and Drama movie categories on all 787 and 777 flights
Languages: English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Running Time: 127 minutes

Movie: Dear White People

Justin Simeon wrote, directed and co-produced his feature debut in 2014. It’s a scathingly insightful college comedy detailing the overt and covert racial hurdles faced by African-American students at a fictional Ivy League university, from residence halls to Halloween costume parties.
Where to Find It: Black History Month and Comedy movie categories on all 787 and 777 flights
Languages: English, French
Running Time: 108 minutes