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 Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
Everybody’s favorite high schooler, Elle (Joey King) is about to start her senior year. It will be an interesting one with her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi) off to college at Harvard and her bestie, Lee (Joel Courtney), dating his girlfriend, Rachel (Meganne Young). Just to spice things up, there is a new hunk at school, Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), and Elle has to keep her long-distance relationship with Noah going. The Kissing Booth 2 Website
What to Watch For: The whole gang is back from the 2018 hit The Kissing Booth, including Molly Ringwald as Noah’s mom.
Word on the Street: The film is based on the ‘The Kissing Booth’ book series by Beth Reekles.
My Take: I have been a fan of Joey King since she starred as Greta Grimly in the 2014 TV series Fargo.
Radioactive (2019) PG-13
The incredible story of Marie Sklodowska Curie (Rosamund Pike), who, because of her ground-breaking scientific achievements, was the first female to win the Noble Prize and the first person ever to win it twice. Radioactive Website
What to Watch For: Director Marjane Satrapi was nominated for an Oscar for her 2009 Animated feature film Persepolis.
Word on the Street: The film is written by award-winning writer Jack Thorne, known for his scripts for the TV series National Treasure and This is England ’90.
My Take: Rosamund Pike is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in 2014 hit Gone Girl.
The Rental (2020) R
Two couple (Dan Steven, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen White) rent an oceanside getaway that seems perfect. That is until they discover that their host (Toby Huss) is spying on them. The ideal getaway weekend becomes filled with something sinister, and the four old friends expose secrets that have been long kept. The Rental Website
What to Watch For: The film is co-written and directed by Dave Franco.
Word on the Street: Star Alison Brie is married to director Dave Franco.
My Take: I am always up for a good suspense film.
Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020)
Documentary on the trailblazing photographer whose impact on the world of fashion and art is still ongoing. Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful Website
What to Watch For: The film interview’s legends such as Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Catherine Deneuve, Grace Jones, Claudia Schiffer, and Anna Wintour.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by German filmmaker Gero von Boehm.
My Take: I love Newton’s work and can’t wait to learn about his life, especially his early years.
Fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion from the outside world on a vast country estate with her father ( and her governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). One evening, a carriage crashes near the estate, and a young girl, Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau), is brought into the home to recuperate. Lara’s world will never be the same. Carmilla Info
What to Watch For: This gothic horror story is based on a story by Sheridan Le Fans that was written 25 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Word on the Street: The movie was nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
My Take: The film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Emily Harris.
In the Cold Dark Night (2020)
In 2018, authorities reopened the investigation into the 1983 murder of a young African-American man Timothy Coggins in a small Georgia town. In the Cold Dark Night Website
What to Watch For: Director Stephen Robert Morse was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his documentary Amanda Knox in 2017.
Word on the Street: The documentary takes place in Spalding County, a rural farming community 45 minutes south of Atlanta.
My Take: I like the tag line: ‘It’s not a whodunnit, it’s the why?’