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:
Fatal Affair (2020)
Ellie (Nia Long) is in a marriage to Marcus (Stephen Bishop), that is having some rocky times. Ellie runs into a flame from her past, David (Omar Epps), and though she is tempted, she does not stray. The problem is that David won’t give up on Ellie, no matter how much she tries to avoid him, and David doesn’t like to be denied. Fatal Affair Website
What to Watch for: Nia Long just came off appearing the critically acclaimed 2019 film The Banker.
Word on the Street: Nia Long and Omar Epps were previously both in the 1999 film In Too Deep.
My Take: The film was shot in a city I have always wanted to visit, Malibu, California.
The Sunlit Night (2019)
After her boyfriend breaks up with her and her art is rejected by the critics, Frances (Jenny Slate) travels to faraway Norway to help a painter (Fridtjov Saheim) with his latest art project. The Sunlit Night Info
What to Watch For: The cast includes Alex Sharp, David Paymer, Zach Galifianakis, and Gillian Anderson.
Word on the Street: The film was shot on location in Lofoten, Norway.
My Take: I am a huge fan of Jenny Slate.
Father Soldier Son (2020) R
Documentary on a former platoon sergeant and his two young sons spanning over a decade, chronicling his return home after a severe combat injury. Father Soldier Son Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and won Best Editing in a Documentary Film at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
Word on the Street: This is the first feature-length documentary from directors Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn.
My Take: The plight of veterans in this country needs to be examined, and I welcome this documentary as it explores just how much our soldiers sacrifice.
The Painted Bird (2019)
A young Jewish boy (Petr Kotlar) is left with a relative in Eastern Europe during World War II, and after that relative dies, the boy goes on a quest to find his family. The Painted Bird Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the famous novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosinski.
Word on the Street: The film was a massive hit on the film festival circuit, winning 15 awards, including at the Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
My Take: Films based on Jerzy Kosinski’s works are always interesting to watch.
Two Ways to Go West (2020)
Gavin (James Liddell) is a recovering addict who survives testing his sobriety on the Vegas Strip. Returning to their hotel rooms, the bachelor party escalates, and Gavin and his friends go down a road he never wanted to confront. Two Ways to Go West Facebook Page
What to Watch For: Lead actor James Liddell also produced and wrote the screenplay.
Word on the Street: Cast member Kathrine Narducci is known for her roles as Franie Navarro on the TV series Power and Charmaine Bucco on The Sopranos.
My Take: I’m a fan of cast member Levy Tran, who I loved as Trish Park in The Haunting of Hill House.
Blessed Child (2019)
Filmmaker Cara Jones attempts to finally break free from the cult that she belonged to that dominated her childhood: Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. Blessed Child Info
What to Watch For: The film features never before seen footage from within the church, including the filmmaker’s families own home videos.
Word on the Street: This is the first documentary feature for filmmaker Cara Jones.
My Take: I am always fascinated by cults.
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020)
Before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical smash Hamilton, he was in a comedy improv hip-hop freestyle group called Freestyle Love Supreme. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme Website
What to Watch For: The film uses home movies, behind the scenes footage, and interviews to showcase the group as they prepare for a reunion performance in New York City in 2019.
Word on the Street: The film shows how the group was formed back in the summer of 2005 and goes into some of the cast changes through the years.
My Take: The trailer looks cool, and you get to see a very young Lin-Manuel before he hit the big time.