Coming Soon Trailers: The Rental, The Big Ugly.

Coming Soon Trailers: The Rental, The Big Ugly.

Virtual Theatrical releases resume as theaters weather the storm.

The abortive reopening of theaters lasted two weeks, leading to a dearth of virtual releases. With cases of Covid-19 spiking, most locations are taking a big step backwards, which opens the market back up for video on demand offerings. This weekend, we get three limited release films and three Theatrical at Home releases.

Limited Release (Jul. 24)

The Big Ugly

Anglo-American relations go bad when London mob bosses invest in a West Virginia oil deal in hopes of laundering dirty money.

The Rental

Two couples rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.

*Staff Pick: Alison Brie and Dan Stevens have had a really fantastic run of projects lately, and both excel at psychologically tense material. Anticipate another horror winner from IFC here.

Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison (also available Virtually at Alamo at Home.)

An ex convict on parole is set on becoming a world renowned motivational speaker.

Virtual Theatrical Release (Jul. 24)

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (Kino Marquee)

One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form. This documentary captures his legacy and seeks to answer questions about the themes at the core of his life’s work – creating provocative and subversive images of women. The film also features Newton’s own home movies, archival footage and, of course, scores of iconic Newton photographs.

Yes, God, Yes (Apple TV)

In the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice (Natalia Dyer) has always been a good Catholic girl. But when an AOL chat turns racy, she discovers masturbation and becomes guilt-ridden. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try and suppress her urges, but it isn’t easy, especially after a cute boy (Wolfgang Novogratz) starts flirting with her.

Video on Demand

The Grand Unified Theory of Howard (Jul. 21)

After illness strikes down a legendary publicist, he reinvents himself as an author of books on humanity’s role in the cosmos. Now in his 70s, he prepares an unfathomably long masterwork to unify his theories, while considering his legacy.

Radioactive (Jul. 24, Amazon Prime)

RADIOACTIVE is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacy from the 1870s through to modern day – her passionate partnerships, scientific breakthroughs, and the consequences that followed.

Retaliation (Jul. 24)

Orlando Bloom stars as Malky, a demolition worker whose life receives a seismic shock when, out drinking with friends at a local pub, he sees a disturbing figure from his past: the man he holds responsible for a traumatic childhood incident. Fueled by anger, Malky sets out on a path of vengeance—and discovers that no one can escape the consequences of their sins in this taut thriller.

The Babysplitters (Jul. 24)

In the comedy Babysplitters, two couples struggle to come to an agreement about having a baby. When the two couples hatch a plan to conceive and share one baby between them, it seems like they may have found the perfect compromise — until things spiral out of control.

Fisherman’s Friend (Jul. 24)

A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

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