It looks as though no studio wanted to challenge both COVID and Godzilla vs. Kong at the box office in its second weekend, so those crazy monsters will undoubtedly stay atop the box office for a while longer. Though people are clearly eager to get back to the cinema, as evidenced by last weeked's box office, there are still a lot of new films available for home consumption, and you can check them out below.
The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia/Sony and Disney. All films listed will be available at their respective sources on Friday unless otherwise noted. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have already come to VOD: April 2nd, March 26th, and March 19th.
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale
Writer/Director: Ben Falcone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Plot: In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.
What you should know: Yes, Melissa McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone both wrote and directed it… do with that info what you will.
Where to stream: Netflix
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Valerie Mahaffey, Tracy Letts
Writer: Patrick DeWitt
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
What you should know: Writer Patrick DeWitt adapted the screenplay from his own book.
Where to watch: In theaters, and virtual cinemas
Stars: Kai Luke Brummer, Barbara-Marié Immelman, Michael Kirch, Remano de Beer
Writer: Oliver Hermanus, Jack Sidey
Director: Oliver Hermanus
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, LGBT
Plot: A young man in 1981 South Africa must complete his brutal and racist two years of compulsory military service while desperately maintaining the secrecy of his homosexuality.
What you should know: Based on the book by André Carl van der Merwe.
Where to stream: In theaters, and available VOD
Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Mustache
Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Tulku Kungzang, Tenzin Kunsel
Writer/Director: Khyentse Norbu
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Plot: When a series of visions send a skeptical entrepreneur to seek spiritual advice, an eccentric Buddhist monk predicts his imminent death, unless he can locate an elusive lady with fangs.
What you should know: It’s in Tibetan and Nepali.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas
Stars: Noée Abita, Jérémie Renier, Marie Denarnaud, Muriel Combeau
Writer: Charlène Favier, Marie Talon, Antoine Lacomblez
Director: Charlène Favier
Plot: 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience.
What you should know: It’s in French. Content warning for sexual abuse.
Where to watch: Select theaters, and virtual cinemas
The Truffle Hunters
Writer/Directors: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Plot: Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
What you should know: It’s in Italian.
Where to stream: Virtual cinemas
Stars: Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Fuglerud, Lisa Carlehed, Mikkel Bratt Silset
Writer: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen
Director: Pål Øie
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Plot: When a truck crashes inside a tunnel, people on their way home for Christmas are brutally trapped in a deadly fire. With a blizzard raging outside, and the first responders struggling to get to the accident, it's every man for himself.
What you should know: It’s in Norwegian.
Where to watch: In theaters, and available VOD
Stars: Jill Awbrey, Bart Johnson, Rez Kempton, Zack Gold
Writer: Jill Awbery,
Director: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: A couple's ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.
What you should know: This is writer and star Jill Awbrey’s first writing credit on a feature film.
Where to stream: Available VOD
Stars: Rose Williams, Emma Rigby, Charlie Carrick, Clara Read
Writer/Director: Corinna Faith
Plot: 1973: a young nurse is forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital as striking miners switch off the power across Britain. But inside the walls lurks a terrifying presence that threatens to consume her and everyone around her.
What you should know: This is writer/director Corinna Faith’s first feature film since 2005’s Ashes.
Where to stream: Shudder
In Theaters Only
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead
Writer/Director: Neil Burger
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plot: A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not.
What you should know: Writer and director Neil Burger also directed Limitless. The Illusionist, and Divergent.
Where to watch: In theaters
More New Releases
Have You Ever Seen Fireflies? (Trailer) on Netflix
Assault on VA-33 (Trailer)
Giants Being Lonely (Trailer)
The Mali-Cuba Connection (Trailer)
New to Streaming
Stars Fell on Alabama (Trailer) on Hulu
The New Mutants (Trailer) on HBO, available April 10th
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What have you been watching lately, ONTD?