Buckle up for a wild weekend filled with tons of Home Theatrical releases.
This weekend you’ve got a million choices when it comes to staying in and catching a brand new flick. From Netflix to HBO Max, it seems just about every new movie this weekend has options so you can stream it at home. I have to say that makes picking a favorite this week much harder, since they’re all at your fingertips!
The Little Things (Also Available on HBO Max)
Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
The Night (Also Available VOD)
An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends.
*Staff Pick: I know that The Little Things is on my most anticipated list…but the only reason The Night wasn’t on that list as well is that I kinda forgot about it. Now that it’s available day and date on Amazon or Vudu, this gripping horror film is way up on my list of must-see movies.
Sam and Tusker (Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci) are traveling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.
Tomato Red: Blood Money
When small town drifter Sammy Barlach drives into town on the search for his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, he gets a lot more than he bargained for thanks to redheaded Jamalee and her brother Jason, who dream of hitting the big time. But breaks aren’t easy to come by if you live in Venus Holler.
The Funeral Home
Bernardo is an undertaker. He and his dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous supernatural entities that visit daily. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work. Finding the real source of all this madness will be their quest, but they might find a terrifying truth.
Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream
Frank Beauvais’s intimate essay film assembles excerpts from the 400-plus films the French director watched over a four-month period of seclusion in 2016. On the soundtrack, Beauvais speaks of the breakup that led to his retreat, the estranged father with whom he bonded over cinema just before his death, and the symptoms of our current cultural climate that make pressing on an act of resistance.
Kino Germany Now! (Kino Marquee)
A showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from Germany. Featuring award winners from Sundance, Berlin, CPH:DOX, IDFA, and more!
The Reunited States
At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides.
Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone.
After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko (Hiromi Nagasaku) and her husband Kiyokazu (Arata Iura) decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son, Asato, settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari (Aju Makita), a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return.
Video on Demand
9th Circuit Cowboy
To those who loved Harry Pregerson, he was a hero – a tough, tenacious, cantankerous, loveable hero – a proud Marine who took to heart – both on and off the bench – the motto: “Leave no one behind.” To his critics he was a Bleeding Heart Liberal on the Notorious 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – a would be Social Engineer – an Activist who “ruled with his heart instead of his head.” A judge for over 50 years, when he died, still on the bench at 94, it was said: “In the field of law and public interest there are stars – there are superstars – and then, there’s Harry Pregerson.”
A Woman’s Work
In 2014, while the NFL makes $11 billion in profit, Lacy, an Oakland Raiders cheerleader, realized her compensation would amount to less than minimum wage. The base NFL player salary is $420,000, mascots are paid on average $60,000 a year and concession workers are paid minimum wage plus tips. After paying out of pocket for beauty, transportation and uniforms for her “dream job”, she struggles under mounting debt. Lacy enlists an all-female employment law firm and sues the Oakland Raiders for wage theft in a class-action lawsuit. She inspires four other women across the country to stand up and file similar lawsuits, including Maria, a former cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills.
Penguin Bloom (Netflix)
Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam’s husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin.
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah’s Witness community is under attack from an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict is Yana, the wife of the community leader, whose familiar world is slowly crumbling around her. Meanwhile, a detective intrudes on her home with devastating consequences.
Below Zero (Netflix)
In the middle of the night, a prison van carrying convicts is assaulted. The driver (Javier Gutiérrez) will need to defend himself from those inside and those outside if he wants to make it out alive.
Haymaker follows a retired Muay Thai fighter (Sasso) working as a bouncer, who rescues an alluring transgender performer (Ruiz) from a nefarious thug, eventually becoming her bodyguard, protector, and confidant. The relationship leads Sasso’s character to make an unexpected return to fighting, risking not only his relationship, but his life. Haymaker tells a story about human dignity and love.
Palmer (Apple TV)
Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious and unique 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care.
The American Civil War breaks out… A family of French colonists, settled in Missouri, decides to go back to France. Edmond, Madeleine, and their three daughters have to cross the whole country to reach New-York. They are led by the mysterious and dangerous mercenary, Victor.