Stream originals, new VOD releases, major award finalists, festival favorites, and new studio releases in the comfort of your home. Also, all new virtual cinema offerings are among the new releases this week. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest releases.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Fuzzy
R.J. Cutler’s epic personal “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Fuzzy,” is a year-in-the-life documentary. It follows Billie Eilish’s meteoric stardom in a close-up. Everything around her eventually fuzzes out of sight. You’ll know that what makes its subject so interesting is already self-evident to the people.
And it’s only because Cutler’s film accepts realism from the start. The film doesn’t try to explain Eilish’s appeal to an audience who has never seen the world through those ocean eyes. It’s able to smudge it into something that anyone will appreciate.
Claire is a mother, an architect, and an ex-Oxy addict who is attempting to reclaim her life. Tyrone is a college professor who studies new drugs for a large corporation. Jake is a DEA agent posing as a drug trafficker in order to bust two major drug trafficking rings. Bill is a high-ranking executive eager to see his latest painkiller, which is ostensibly non-addictive, approved.
Despite the fact that “The Father” is a slick film in which even the most basic specifics can be vaporized in the span of a single cut. Anthony Hopkins’ presence in the title role is unmistakable. It’s also worth noting that the character’s name has been changed from Andre to Anthony. This self-reflexive detail that adds a crunchy meta-center to one of the film’s most frightening moments.
Julie Delpy’s story “My Zoe” employs a traditional formal structure to tell a thoroughly modern story. Despite the fact that Delpy’s previous films have mostly been lighthearted rom-coms like “Two Days” and the odd historical drama (“The Countess”), “My Zoe” sees the director and star branching out.
Night of the Kings
Philippe Lacôte’s film “Night of the Kings” is set inside the notorious La MACA prison in Abidjan, on the Ivory Coast’s south coast.
Though Lacôte’s film is about oral traditions that may be unfamiliar to some viewers, it is really about the universal power of storytelling — regardless of language — and how it can be used to survive. Despite some flickering third-act visual effects, “Night of the Kings” is an intoxicating and immersive visual experience, even as it unfolds almost like a filmed play.
Tom and Jerry
The next hour and forty minutes are a jumble of plot. The sight gags that blend in just as well as the film’s attempts to blend live action and animation.
It’s a “Tom and Jerry” film that appears to concentrate on the ins and outs of hotel administration and a pair of fictitious Instagram celebrities, regardless of whether or not the title’s implied computer-generated cat and mouse is involved.