This week we’re missing a wide release, but the home box office stays busy with rentals.
This week we see IFC films try to recapture their pandemic dominance of last summer. IFC is releasing two new horror films in limited release, potentially competing against themselves. Without any new wide releases, they may well have a shot of racking up a pair of wins at the box office.
Most of the action this week is on demand. Some of the theatrical releases are also premiering on streaming, furthering the trend we’ve seen studios such as Warner Bros. and Disney jump on. We also have new originals from Shudder, Netflix, and Apple TV.
Come True (Also on VOD)
A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams.
Dutch (Also on VOD)
James Bernard Jr., a.k.a. Dutch, has become the most dangerous criminal in New Jersey. From his early skill as a car thief, Dutch recognized the opportunity to rule the streets and he seized it. District Attorney Anthony Jacobs is determined to take down Dutch and his crew, and he’s confident that his witnesses will testify against them.
The Human Voice
A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.
Staff Pick: Wow. A theatrically released short film? Starring Tilda Swinton? Sony, you know exactly what I like!
Lamb of God: The Concert Film
Embrace the hope of Easter and experience the power of the last week of Christ’s mortal ministry as told through the internationally acclaimed musical event, Lamb of God.
A down-on-his-luck struggling writer, meets an enigmatic woman who enters his life at the right time.
Trust (Also on VOD)
In this sexy and twisty ride, New York gallery owner Brooke and her husband Owen each face exceptional temptations, with most unexpected results.
A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire.
Video on Demand
Stay Out of the Attic (Shudder)
A group of ex-cons-turned-movers are convinced by their creepy client to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night?
Cherry (Apple TV+)
“Cherry” follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way.
Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos
Viewers will get a front-row seat of what makes hard rock fans want to crowd surf, mix it up in the mosh pit or just throw all caution to the wind by participating in the ultimate community mayhem of the “Wall of Death.” We follow some of these passionate fans as they drop everything to “commune” with their “rock family” at music festivals across the U.S. – or wherever the road takes them to celebrate the chaos…that is rock ‘n roll.
Paper Lives (Netflix)
In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood.
Yes Day (Netflix)
Always feeling like they have to say NO to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a YES DAY — where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.