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:
Made in Italy (2020) R
An estranged father, Robert (Liam Neeson) and son, Jack (Micheal Richardson), travel to Italy to sell a family home in Italy. The house brings up a tragic past, including the death of Robert’s wife and Jack’s troubled childhood. Made in Italy Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot on location in Tuscany, Italy.
Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by actor James D’Arcy.
My Take: Any film that takes me to Italy is a movie I want to see.
Red Penguins (2019) PG-13
Shortly after the Soviet Union’s collapse, an NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins bought a fifty percent interest in the infamous Red Army hockey team. Pittsburgh sent a young, New Yorker marketing executive to oversee the operation that became a wild ride of high jinks, including strippers and live bears on the ice, an attempted overthrow of the government, and the Russian mafia. Red Penguins Website
What to Watch For: This documentary is from the same filmmaker, Gabe Polsky, who gave us the award-winning 2014 documentary Red Army, which was about the history of the Red Army hockey team.
Word on the Street: Except for famed Red Army coach Viktor Tikhonov, all the participants are still alive and give interviews on camera, including the marketing wiz Steven Warshaw.
My Take: I remember almost buying a Red Army jersey (called a sweater) with the Pittsburg penguin mascot on the front back in 1993 or so.
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) R
James (Claes Bang), an ambitious art dealer, is hired by a wealthy art collector (Mick Jagger) to steal a rare painting from one of the most mysterious painters of all time (Donald Sutherland). The Burnt Orange Heresy Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the 1971 novel by Charles Willeford and has been updated to the present time.
Word on the Street: This is the first feature film that Mick Jagger has been in since the 2001 film The Man from Elysian Fields.
My Take: The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics after the film had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.
The Secret Garden (2020) PG
Mary (Dixie Egerickx) has just come from India, where she lost her whole family to cholera. She is sent to a manor in Yorkshire to live with her uncle (Colin Firth) and his housekeeper (Julie Walters). Mary soon learns that the manor is home to a treasure trove of secrets, including a hidden garden locked away by her uncle for years after his wife’s death. The Secret Garden Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the classic and beloved novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Word on the Street: This is the second time that Colin Firth has appeared in an adaptation of The Secret Garden. The first was a TV movie back in 1987.
My Take: The film is directed by the two-time BAFTA TV Award winner Marc Munden.
Creem: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (2019)
Documentary on the legendary music magazine in 1969 to the untimely death of its publisher Barry Kramer in 1981. Creem Website
What to Watch For: The magazine home of the iconic rock critic Lester Bangs, portrayed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the 2000 film Almost Famous.
Word on the Street: The film won the Spirit of Michigan Award at the 2019 Freep Film Festival.
My Take: I was a massive fan of the magazine and can’t wait to see this film.
She Dies Tomorrow (2020)
Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) is convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, and it sends her on a downward spiral. Amy’s friend Jane (Jane Adams) soon discovers that Amy’s feeling of imminent death is contagious, and they start a journey that might be their last day on earth. She Dies Tomorrow Website
What to Watch For: The film was up for an award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Writer/director Amy Seimetz was up for two acting awards, including her Upstream Color (2013) role from the Georgia Film Critics Association in 2014.
My Take: I am always ready for a scary movie.
Work It (2020)
When Quinn’s (Sabrina Carpenter) admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she decides to form a dance troupe to take on the best squad in the school. The only problem, Quinn needs to learn how to dance. Work It Website
What to Watch For: Sabrina Carpenter is best known for her role as Maya Hart in the TV show Girl Meets World.
Word on the Street: The film from award-winning director Laura Terruso.
My Take: Carpenter was in a movie that I liked, 2018s The Hate U Give.
I Used to Go Here (2020)
Kate (Gillian Jacobs) is at the top of the world. She just completed her new novel and is about to go on a big book tour; that is until the reviews come in, and her book is a big flop. Kate, with nowhere else to go, accepts a speaking engagement at her alma mater. The question is, can Kate go home again? I Used to Go Here Info
What to Watch For: The film was to have its world premiere at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival until the event was canceled due to the pandemic.
Word on the Street: The film is currently at 88 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
My Take: I am a big fan of Gillian Jacobs, best known for her role as Britta Perry in the hit TV show Community.