As February winds down, theaters see a last rush of hopefuls while the home market slows.
Normally I’d take a rather jaundiced view towards a film like Tom and Jerry’s prospects. This year, however, the breakout success story has been an animated sequel to a modestly successful franchise that was nearly a decade old. Last year around the same time, the breakout success was an animated/live action hybrid of a franchise that was well past its glory days. So, the mouse and tomcat have a puncher’s chance.
In other news, the theaters are still loaded with limited release films looking to qualify for awards season. This leaves the VOD market a bit threadbare this week.
Tom and Jerry
A legendary rivalry reemerges when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner (Chloe Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. As mayhem ensues, the escalating cat-and-mouse battle soon threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
An intimate look at the singer-songwriter’s journey, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home, while creating her debut album.
An Army medic (Tom Holland) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.
Three stories about the world of opioids collide: a drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S., an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction tracks down the truth behind her son’s involvement with narcotics, and a university professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer, a drug company with deep government influence bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market.
A man (Anthony Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
A divorced mother looks to protect her daughter after an unexpected tragedy.
Safer at Home
Two years into the pandemic, a group of friends throw a wild online party. After taking ecstasy, things go terribly wrong and the safety of their homes becomes more terrifying than the raging chaos outside.
Things Don’t Stay Fixed
When a worldly photojournalist returns to the Deep South to try to stop his daughter’s wedding and save her future, he discovers that it is he who has been stuck in the past.
The Vigil (also on VOD)
Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov (Dave Davis) reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante (Menashe Lustig) to take on the responsibility of an overnight “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.
17 Blocks (Alamo on Demand)
Using two decades of intimate home video, witness the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.
Video on Demand
Donna: Stronger that Pretty
DONNA: Stronger Than Pretty is a romantic tragedy, an unlove story, that spans three decades in the life of a gentle young woman, Donna, as she tries to live up to the traditions and expectations of her Italian roots and of the “American Dream”.
After a violent home invasion leaves mild-mannered husband Noah (Matt Theo) in a coma and his wife Madeline (Hayley Beveridge) deeply traumatized, Noah awakens to find out that one of the attackers is still on the loose. As Noah and the nearly-despondent Madeline try to move on with their lives, Madeline spots the attacker, opening up a twisted tale of brutal revenge where all isn’t as it seems.
‘Til Kingdom Come
Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are the Binghams, a dynasty of Kentucky pastors, and their Evangelical congregants in an impoverished coal mining town. They fervently believe the Jews are crucial to Jesus’s return. This film traces this unusual relationship, from rural Kentucky to the halls of government in Washington, through the moving of the American Embassy in Jerusalem and to the annexation plan of the West-Bank.
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)
The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”