The pendulum swings back from VOD to limited theatrical release this week.
We’re in the middle of a manic period for movie distribution. Three weeks ago, there were hardly any Theatrical on Demand releases as theaters desperately tried to reopen for the July holiday season. Last week we saw ToD ramp back up as spikes in the pandemic drove people back home. This week we have just one title being marketed as ToD, though a couple limited releases are getting a day and date release on streaming to match their theater roll out.
Limited Release (Jul. 31)
Cut Throat City
Set after Hurricane Katrina, four boyhood friends out of options reluctantly accept an offer to pull off a dangerous heist in the heart of New Orleans.
An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.
In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students’ lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.
Killer Racoons 2: Dark Christmas in the Dark
On a snowy Christmas Eve, former mild-mannered college student Casey Smallwood is released from prison after serving 10 years for underage drinking. Eager to get out of town, He hops on the express train to Washington D.C. , but after the holiday express takes off, it’s hijacked by an angry gang of domestic terrorists and highly-Intelligent, government trained raccoons! Not one to back down from a raccoon fight, Casey joins forces with a porter on the train to fight the terrorists.
*Staff Pick? It’s 2020. There are no longer any rules. If you’re going to paint a target on your ass for Covid-19 by going to a theater, why not go to one guaranteed to be mostly empty? You know, the one showing the action movie sequel featuring stuffed raccoons in Christmas sweaters firing uzis?
A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.
She Dies Tomorrow
Amy thinks she’s dying tomorrow…and it’s contagious.
Summerland (VOD Jul. 31)
During World War II, an Englishwoman (Gemma Arterton) opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship.
Amulet (Available Now, Music Box Theater)
Tomaz, an ex soldier from an unnamed foreign conflict, lives in strained circumstances in London. Haunted by his past, he is offered a place to stay in a decaying, claustrophobic house, inhabited by an enigmatic young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for his new companion, Tomaz cannot ignore his suspicion that something insidious might also be living alongside them.
Video on Demand
Instaband (Jul. 28)
“InstaBAND” is a unique documentary film about today’s music artist and their hustle to try and achieve music stardom armed with social media and a smartphone.
Stockton on My Mind (HBO, Jul. 28)
STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial mayor Michael Tubbs’ personal and political journey and explores how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, California shaped his vision for innovative change.
Nose to Tail (Jul. 28)
Over one increasingly frantic day and night, a talented but abrasive chef struggles with personal demons and the pressures of running a high-end restaurant as he tries to save the business he’s sacrificed everything in his life to build.
Legacy of Lies (Jul. 28)
A decade ago, agent Martin Baxter quit MI6 after his wife’s tragic murder in an operation gone wrong. But when Sacha, a beautiful journalist, asks for help solving an old case, Martin finds himself in the crosshairs of both UK and Russian intelligence. Now, with his daughter held captive by the KGB, Martin has just 24 hours to deliver the secret case files — which means risking both Sacha’s life and his own.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (Jul. 29)
In Canada’s history, there are few people who signified the nation’s modern confidence in its arts more than Gordon Lightfoot. This singer-songwriter’s singular talent in music changed the world’s opinion of Canada’s culture with his tremendous variety of songs that both celebrated the nation and touched its soul. Sparing nothing about Lightfoot’s personal weaknesses and failures as well as his triumphs, this film covers Lightfoot’s career from his own words and his closest associates with recordings of his greatest hits.
Shine Your Eyes (Netflix, Jul. 29)
SHINE YOUR EYES tells the story of Amadi (OC Ukeje), a musician from Lagos who travels to São Paulo to track down his missing older brother Ikenna (Chukwudi Iwuji) and bring him back home to Nigeria.
The Big Ugly (Theaters Now, VOD Jul. 31)
Neeyln (Vinnie Jones) has always been the loyal enforcer for crime boss Harris (Malcolm McDowell) back in London, taking care of problems and people that disrupt his illicit business. When Harris strikes a deal with an old friend – American oilman Preston (Ron Perlman) – they find themselves in the wild hills of West Virginia. Contracts are signed and the whiskey flows in celebration, but overnight Neelyn’s girlfriend disappears, last seen with Preston’s wayward son Junior. Lines are drawn between family and friends, but nothing will stop Neelyn from getting answers — and retribution.
Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison (Theaters Now, VOD Jul. 31)
Tijuana Jackson (ROMANY MALCO) is a man determined to move beyond his checkered past and achieve his ambition of becoming a world renowned motivational speaker. When asked to be the subject of a 10 minute student film, TJ leaps at the opportunity. Ten minutes turns into ten hours, and ten hours become ten life altering days of courage and inspiration. Determined to be more than a statistic with a pipe dream, TJ stops at nothing to earn the respect of his family, and crush (REGINA HALL), who is currently his probation officer, by becoming the success story they claimed he’d never be.