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:
Summerland (2020) PG
During World War II, a single English writer, Alice (Gemma Arterton), is given an evacuee child, Frank (Lucas Bond), to raise as his father fights the war. Both Frank and Alice will discover friendship and how time can repair anything, including past loves. Summerland Website
What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilson, and Tom Courtenay.
Word on the Street: Writer/director Jessica Swale has worked with Gemma Aderton before, on Swale’s award-winning play Nell Gwynn.
My Take: I have had an enormous crush on Gemma Arterton since I saw her as Io in the 2010 film Clash of the Titans.
Yes, God, Yes (2019) R
Alice (Natalia Dyer) is a Catholic teenager in the early 2000s and her body in inflict with what her religious upbringing is telling her about sex. Her church has a weekend get together for teens, and it just might provide the answers that Alice is looking for, or will it? Yes, God, Yes Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Natalia Dyer is hot off her role as Nancy Wheeler in the TV series Stranger Things.
My Take: I heard great things about this film from fellow film critics that saw the movie at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.
Stockton on My Mind (2020)
Documentary on Michael Tubbs, who in his twenties, the same day that Donald Trump was elected President, became mayor of Stockton, California. Mayor Tubbs, the son of a teenage mother and a father who was constantly in prison, decided to use private and public partnerships to create innovative and sometimes controversial programs to improve his community’s conditions. Stockton on My Mind Website
What to Watch For: The film follows Mayor Tubbs over the next few years as he tries to bring back a town that has never recovered from the 2008 montage meltdown.
Word on the Street; Director Marc Levin has been involved with Emmy award-winning programming and has four duPont-Columbia awards, the Peabody Award, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in his past.
My Take: I hear there are some surprise cameos in the film.
The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) PG
A widow, Miranda (Katie Holmes), is trying to make ends meets while raising three children and dating her boyfriend, Tucker (Jerry O’Connell). A devastating storm comes to town and brings a mysterious man, Bray (Josh Lucas) into Miranda, and her life will never be the same. The Secret: Dare to Dream Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the best-selling book by Rhonda Byrne.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by Andy Tennant, who is known for his movie’s Fool’s Gold (2008), Hitch (2005), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002).
My Take: I always enjoy seeing Katie Holmes on the silver screen.
The Fight (2020) PG-13
The documentary gives an inside look at the lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the battles they face during the Trump administration. The Fight Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Co-director Josh Kriegman is known for his work on the 2016 documentary hit Weiner.
My Take: I am always fascinated by the workings of our legal system.
Rebuilding Paradise (2020) PG-13
After the devastating ‘Camp Fire’ wildfires in 2018, where 85 people lost their lives, the community of Paradise, California, attempts to pick up the pieces. Rebuilding Paradise Website
What to Watch For: Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard brings us this documentary on what happens after all the media leaves town, and a town has to recover from the loss of over 18,000 homes.
Word on the Street: Environmental activist Erin Brockovich-Ellis makes an appearance in the film.
My Take: This is the third feature film documentary that Ron Howard has directed (Made in America, Pavarotti).