Some theaters have begun reopening, and at least one of the films listed below will be available in select theaters as well as via VOD, while another is available at drive-in theaters only. But for the most part, new films are still available for home consumption in virtual cinemas, streaming on paid services, or for rent or purchase.
The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. Films available VOD can be rented or purchased through retailers like Apple and Google. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: June 12th, June 5th, and May 29th.
Stars: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes
Writer/Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples
Plot: A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant.
What you should know: Nominated for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2020, and won Best Texan Film at SXSW 2020.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas, VOD, and select theaters
Stars: Ana de Armas, Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz, Gael García Bernal
Writer/Director: Olivier Assayas
Plot: The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.
What you should know: It’s in English, Spanish and Russian; nominated for Best Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
Where to stream: Netflix
Director: Peter Nelson
Storyline: A cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.
What you should know: Director Peter Nelson has been directing documentaries since the late 1990's.
Where to watch: VOD
Picture of His Life
Director: Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir
Storyline: World renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum has one final photographic dream remaining - to photograph a Polar Bear underwater, while swimming alongside it.
What you should know: It’s in English, Hebrew and Inuktitut.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas
Stars: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis
Writer: Rita Kalnejais
Director: Shannon Murphy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window.
What you should know: It was a nominee for Best Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, and won a couple of smaller awards there.
Where to stream: VOD, and in select theaters
Director: Sam Feder
Storyline: An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.
What you should know: Director Sam Feder’s last directorial effort was a documentary about Kate Bornstein in 2014.
Where to stream: Netflix
Director: Oge Egbuonu
Plot: Shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. Illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality, celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women, and ignites hope for the next generation.
What you should know: This is director Oge Egbuonu’s first feature film; she was previously an associate producer on the 2016 film Loving.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas and VOD
Stars: Kelsey Griswold, Matthew Solomon, Sam Valentine, Tim Drier
Writer: Todd Klick
Director: Antoine Le
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: To gain more subscribers, a controversial social media influencer stays at a cursed hotel to terrifying results.
What you should know: This is director Antoine Le’s first feature film.
Where to watch: Drive-in theaters
Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle
Writer: Andrea Chalupa
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Plot: A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
What you should know: Based on real life events.
Where to stream: VOD
Not Indie, But New to Streaming:
You Should Have Left
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Bacon, Geoff Bell, Avery Tiiu Essex
Writer/Director: David Koepp
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Plot: A screenwriter travels to a remote house in Wales with his family so that he can write the sequel to his big hit film, but he begins to regret his decision after suffering from a severe case of writer's block.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann
Where to stream: VOD
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What have you been watching lately, ONTD?