While most movie theatres are closed for the foreseeable future, and there aren’t any new releases in the theatres that are open, here are some movies you can watch at home:
The following are this week’s new releases available on digital platforms:
The Old Guard (2020) R
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a group of mercenaries who cannot die, have fought evil to protect the mortal world for centuries. Now a new recruit (KiKi Layne) has joined the gang and the gang has to regroup when their identities are exposed to the world they seek to protect. The Old Guard Website
What to Watch For: Gary Rucka, who wrote the screenplay, also wrote the graphic novel that the film is based on.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who wrote and directed the award-winning 2000 film Love & Basketball.
My Take: I always enjoy watching Charlize Theron kick-butt on the screen.
Greyhound (2020) PG-13
Early in World War II, an inexperienced US Navy captain (Tom Hanks) in charge of keeping an Allied convoy safe crossing the Atlantic must battle the Nazi U-boats that are waiting to attack. Greyhound Website
What to Watch For: Tom Hanks wrote the screenplay based on the novel, The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester.
Word on the Street: Some of the film was shot on location in the North Atlantic aboard Her Majesty’s Canadien Ship Montreal.
My Take: I wish I could see this film on a big screen in a theatre.
Palm Springs (2020) R
Nyles (Andy Samberg) is at a wedding when he meets the maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) at a Palm Springs wedding. Nyles saves Sarah from making a huge mistake, and they instantly hit it off. Little does Sarah know that she and Nyles are destined to relive the same day over and over.
<stPalm Springs Websiterong>What to Watch For: The supporting cast is outstanding and includes Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Tyler Hoechlin, Academy Award Nominee June Squibb, and Meredith Hagner.
Word on the Street: Director Max Barbakow and screenwriter Andy Siara are known for their award-winning short films including The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m The Duke’ by J.P. Duke (2016).
My Take: Cristin Milioti is known for her breakout roles as ‘the mother’ on the hit TV series How I Met Your Mother.
A young artist (Naomi Prentice) wakes up to a life that she doesn’t recognize and her dreams are haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black abysmal pool. This makes her question her identity and sanity. Parallax Info
What to Watch For: Writer/director Michael Bachochin is known for his 2014 film God Forgive Us.
Word on the Street: Lead actress Naomi Prentice won the Best Actress award at the Independent Shorts Awards for the 2019 film Secret Space.
My Take: I am always up for a good Sci-Fi film.
Guest of Honour (2019)
Veronica (Laysia De Oliveira) is a high school teacher who has been arrested for a sexual assault that she didn’t commit but is willing to take the fall because she feels she is being punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age. Jim (David Thewlis) is Veronica’s father and isn’t above using his power as a food inspector to get her daughter off. Guest of Honour Website
What to Watch For: The film was a Best Picture nominee at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is from two-time Oscar nominated writer/director Atom Egoyan.
My Take: I became a fan of David Thewlis from his role as V.M Varga in the TV series Fargo.
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020)
For decades, Walter Mercado was the world’s most famous astrologer, whose televised horoscopes captivated an audience that reached 120 million hispanic viewers a day, then one day, Walter mysteriously disappeared. Mucho Mucho Amor Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2020 Miami Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is from award-winning documentarians Cristina Costantini (Science Fair) and Kareem Tabsch (The Last Resort).
My Take: I remember seeing Walter Mercado during the 90s on TV.
Inmate#1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019)
Actor Danny Trejo, having spent much of his early life in prison, discusses his career and how he has overcome a life of crime and addiction. Inmate#1 Facebook Page
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award at the 2019 Calgary International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Danny Trejo is a favorite of writer/director Quentin Tarantino.
My Take: I am amazed that Trejo has over 380 acting credits listed on IMDB.com.