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:

 

Project Power (2020) R

Project Power

Photo courtesy of Netflix

A pill that gives its users superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans. A teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback), a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and an ex-soldier (Jamie Foxx) team up to get the drug off the street before people start dying.    Project Power Website

What to Watch For: The film is written by Mattson Tomlin, who also wrote the upcoming Matt Reeves directed film The Batman.

Word on the Street: Directors of this film, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, created the documentary Catfish (2010) that created the hit TV show.

My Take: This should be a fun film to watch, and I always enjoy seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the screen.

 

Boys State (2020) PG-13

Boys State

Photo courtesy of A24

Every year, a thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas come to Austin to build a representative government from the ground up, culminating in the elections of their government.   Boys State Website

What to Watch For: The film was a big winner on the film festival circuit winning the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and the Special Jury Recognition Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The year before filming, the Texas Boys State made national news when that year they voted to secede from the United States.

My Take: My critic friends who saw the film at one of the festivals have raved about this movie.

 

Sputnik (2020)

Sputnik

Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight

During the height of the Cold War, a lone survivor of a Soviet spaceship accident has returned home, but he didn’t come back alone; inside, his body is a parasite, and a scientist is charged with separating the two.     Sputnik Info

What to Watch For: This Russian film was nominated for Best New Narrative Director at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for director Egor Abarmenko, known for his short film The Passenger (2017).

My Take: I am always in the mood for a good Sci-Fi horror film.

 

Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959)

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

Legendary documentary on the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.     Jazz on a Summer’s Day Website

What to Watch For: The film is considered the first concert film ever made and was named to the National Film Registry in 1999.

Word on the Street: The film has been newly restored funded by the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film’s 60 anniversary.

My Take: The film has an all-star lineup of jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Anita O’Day.

 

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2019)

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope Films

Influential fashion designer Marin Margiela has been called the ‘Banksy of fashion,’ as he has famously avoided publicity and interviews throughout the years. Now through this documentary, Margiela has decided to come from behind the curtain and share his drawings, notes, and personal items in this intimate profile of his vision.    Martin Margiela: In His Own Words Website

What to Watch For: Leading fashion icons Jean-Paul Gaulthier, Carine Roitfeld, and Lidewij Edelkoort are interviewed for the film.

Word on the Street: The film is a look back at 20 years of ground-breaking fashion.

My Take: Director Reiner Holzemer also made the 2017 film Dries about Master Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten.

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