A Video on Demand-heavy week gives plenty of excuses to stay home and catch a movie.
Studios may be hedging their bets a bit too much this weekend. Currently, there are no wide releases scheduled, just a bunch of limited release films. While we did see four new wide releases last week, none have really cleared the field like a Godzilla Vs. Kong, so its seems odd not to make hay and go for a wide release now. Especially since next week sees A Quiet Place 2 and Cruella heading for a big weekend brawl.
On the home streaming market, we’re blessed with an embarrassment of riches. A dozen films hit video on demand platforms of all stripes, so no matter what you subscribe to, you should be enjoying a ton of content.
Blast Beat (Also on VOD)
When a family leaves their native Colombia for the United States in the summer of ‘99, a metalhead science prodigy and his aimless younger brother struggle to align the American Dream with their new reality.
Experience the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope in their struggling community.
Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl.
*Staff Pick: I think Eric Bana is sorely underappreciated, so I’m excited to see him in a leading role again.
A few families living out on a limb in the suburbs of Rome. Tensions here can explode at any time; ultimately it’s the children who bring about the collapse.
An urgent portrait of the last living generation of Hitler’s Third Reich in never-before-seen interviews raising vital questions about authority, conformity, national identity, and their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.
A lavish high-society wedding unexpectedly turns into a class struggle that leads to a violent coup.
Seance (Also on VOD)
Camille, a young woman who arrives at the Fairfield Academy following one of the student’s untimely and violent death.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
A Jewish family had to flee from the Nazis from Berlin. First, they flee to Zurich. From there it goes to Paris and finally to London.
Scare Us (Kino Marquee)
A chilling horror anthology comprised of five short stories, penned by an unlikely group of aspiring writers, in Sugarton – a small town plagued by the apparent return of an infamous serial killer, dubbed “Cutthroat.” They’ve come to share their scary stories – with each other and the bookstore owner, Peter (Tom Sandoval), who leads the group, but soon discover they’ve become the stars of a sick killer’s own twisted tale.
Video on Demand
In WEEKENDERS, a scheduling mix-up at an Airbnb brings four twenty-somethings together, each navigating the open waters of where, how, and with whom they’re supposed to be.
PG: Psyco Goreman (Shudder)
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.
Desperate for cash to save his deathly ill mother, college wrestler Ali (George Kosturos) enters the hidden world of underground fighting. Ali shows promise but, lacking skills, he gets beaten bloody. Duke (Sean Patrick Flanery), a troubled handler, takes pity on the boy and trains him to be a fierce competitor—but is it enough to make Ali a winner?
Army of the Dead (Netflix)
ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.
Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the “drunk bus,” the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple (Pineapple Tangaroa), a larger-than-life Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.
P!nk: All I Know So Far (Amazon Prime)
Join award-winning performer and musician P!NK as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour and welcomes audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that she calls life.
Renee and Valerie, a couple at a cross roads in their relationship, leave the city to spend the week at a remote cabin with friends. But when they arrive, their friends are nowhere to be found. As they stumble through their relationship woes, they discover they are being hunted by a group of militant extremists who are determined to exterminate them.
Riders of Justice
RIDERS OF JUSTICE follows recently-deployed Markus, who is forced to return home to his care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.
*Staff Pick: Mads Mikkelsen in a gritty revenge thriller? Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Sound of Violence
Alexis recovered her hearing after witnessing the brutal murder of her family when she was ten. The visceral experience awakened synesthetic abilities in her and started her on an orphaned path of self-discovery through the healing tones of brutal violence. She goes on to pursue a career teaching and experimenting to find new sounds. She is supported and loved by her roommate Marie who is unaware of the dark secrets behind Alexis’ unique music and the part she unknowingly plays. Faced with the likelihood of losing her hearing again, Alexis escalates her pursuit of her masterpiece through gruesome sound experiments and devastating designs. She won’t let anything stop her, not even love.
The Dark Hobby
The Dark Hobby tracks the turbulent crusade to save the reef life at stake in an age old struggle that pits conservation against commerce. Aquarium trade extraction, an industry worth billions, has devastated reef species and habitat globally. Aloha from Hawaii continues the fight.