The list of new movies on subscription and digital rental platforms includes action, classic rock, drama, romance and award-winning productions. Check below the 10 releases that draw the most attention among the premieres of the week.
| LOU | NETFLIX
The old-fashioned action thriller is reminiscent of productions starring the famous generation of 1980s bullies. Only in 2022 the veteran, fearless and badass hero is a woman: Allison Janney (Oscar winner for “I, Tonya”). The result is the same, it entertains as before.
Directed by Anna Foerster (“Underworld: Blood Wars”), the film also features Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”) as a desperate mother who turns to her mysterious, reclusive neighbor (Janney) for help after her daughter is killed. kidnapped in the isolated place where they live.
The two embark on a dangerous and violent journey of rescue while trying to keep their secrets, including the neighbor’s impressive ability to carry out the mission and the real reason for the kidnapping.
| THE TAILOR | VOD*
Oscar winner for “Bridge of Spies” (2015), Mark Rylance plays the title’s English tailor, who worked creating one-of-a-kind suits on London’s famed Savile Row, until a personal tragedy lands him in Chicago, operating a small tailor shop in London. worst side of town. There he makes stylish clothes for the only people in the area who can afford them: gangsters. Criticized by his daughter for not caring who his clients are, he has a hard awakening when his tailor shop is invaded by dangerous criminals, one of them shot and looking for someone to “sew” him amid a bloody power struggle.
The first feature directed by Graham Moore, Oscar-winning screenwriter for “The Imitation Game”, the thriller also stars Zoey Deutch (“Influencer of Lies”), Johnny Flynn (“Stardust”) and Dylan O’Brien (“ Love and Monsters”). It has an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
| THE CHEF | VOD*
Highly praised and electrifying, the British production features Stephen Graham (“Venom: A Time for Carnage”) as a chef dealing with the pressures of critics and employees, lack of ingredients and unexpected visits on a chaotic night, trying to maintain control of his restaurant. . All shot in sequence by director Philip Barantini (“Villain”), in the style of the war film “1917”, the work was nominated for four BAFTAs (the British Oscar) and has an impressive 99% critical approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
| ATHENNA | NETFLIX
Awarded at the Venice Film Festival, the ultra-violent film features a pitched battle between the residents of a French suburb, the title Athena, and police shock troops, after the accidental death of a child sparks a popular uprising.
Visually impressive, the film is an extension of the clips by director Roman Gavras, who had already addressed the tension of the periphery in the clip “Stress”, by the electronic duo Justice, and showed his strong aesthetic refinement in “Gosh”, by Jamie XX. For his feature film, the son of famous political filmmaker Costa-Gavras (“Z”, “State of Siege”, “The Disappeared”) teamed up with Malian Ladj Ly, author of the screenplay for “Athena”, who won a shelf of awards with his debut feature, “Les Miserables” (2019) – also about conflict between police and suburban kids. Crap option.
| THE JAZZ MAN | NETFLIX
The period melodrama written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry (“A Family Funeral”) chronicles the forbidden romance of Bayou and Leanne (played by newcomers Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer), two young lovers who are separated by her mother in name of an arranged marriage with a rich white. But he can never forget her, and the plot spans 40 years of secrets and lies, massive family drama, and the incredible blues of the southeastern United States.
The film is a period soap opera, which is enhanced with music arranged and produced by Grammy-winner and Oscar-nominated Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”) and choreography by the legendary Debbie Allen (“Fame”).
| TO OUR CHILDREN | VOD*
The film directed by the Portuguese Maria Medeiros (actress of “Pulp Fiction”) adapts the play by Laura Castro about a former political prisoner (Marieta Severo) who decides to divorce (from José de Abreu) and does not accept her lesbian daughter’s desire ( Laura Castro herself) of having a child with his wife. The news of the pregnancy generates an intense clash, in which mother and daughter completely disagree in their opinions about the family. At the same time, there is a counterpoint with sick children waiting for adoption. The screenplay was awarded at the Milan LGBTQIA+ Film Festival.
| THE CANNIBAL UNCLE | VOD*
Bloody horror rock trash follows a punk band about to embark on their first tour. As they don’t have a car, they accept the proposal of a rocker and good-natured redneck, who not only offers his van for the trip but ends up joining them as a roadie. The only problem is that the good old man is also a cannibal. If he doesn’t take his medicine before midnight, he becomes a walking nightmare. The indie terrir has a script and direction by Matthew John Lawrence – who won several awards with his horror shorts on the fantastic film festival circuit – and has raved about the critics specializing in the genre – it has 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, but only with reviews from horror blogs.
| FLAG DAY | VOD*
The new film directed by and starring Sean Penn (“The Genius and the Crazy”) is a family production, in which he directs and stars with his adult children, Dylan and Hopper Penn, fruits of his marriage to Robin Wright (from “ House of Cards”). At 28, Dylan (who was an extra in “Elvis & Nixon”) has the biggest highlight of his career as the protagonist of the plot, a daughter struggling to overcome the affectionate but dark legacy of her father, a crook wanted by the police – and played by Sean Penn himself.
The cast also included, among others, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame’s Thanos) and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings’ Lagertha). But the drama didn’t hype it up, only achieving a 40% critical approval rating. It’s still progress compared to Penn’s previous work behind the camera, “The Last Frontier” (2016), which pleased a measly 8%.
| SIDNEY | APPLE TV+
The documentary extols the legacy and history of the first black actor to win an Oscar, who always shied away from Hollywood’s racist clichés and never played a subservient character. Produced by presenter Oprah Winfrey, the film intersperses historical images with testimonies from several black stars, such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Spike Lee and Morgan Freeman, emotional when talking about the idol, in addition to Poitier himself, in a conversation recorded shortly before his death. in January this year.
With a career full of outstanding roles, the trajectory of the poor immigrant from the Bahamas who became a Hollywood star is intertwined with the struggle for civil rights in the USA. The racial struggle was present in his filmography since his first role, in “Odio é Cego” (1950), as a black doctor who needs to treat two racist brothers. And his best-remembered films give lessons on the subject, all released in 1967: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, in which the fiancé of the daughter of supposedly liberal whites lived, “Ao Mestre, com Carinho”, in the role of a teacher who wins the respect of rebellious white teenagers in London, and “In the Heat of the Night”, in which he played police detective Virgil Tibbs, investigating a murder in a racist region of the south of the USA. This film went down in history for showing him slapping a racist back. It was the first time a black man had slapped a racist white man in the cinema.
In addition, at the height of his popularity, he even decided to become a director, directing eight films between 1972 and 1990. One of the most symbolic, “Burning December” (1973), was motivated by the simple desire to live a romance with a black woman in the screens, something he had never done in his long and prestigious career, because, until then, Hollywood was not interested in showing romances between black couples.
| TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL | NETFLIX
The legendary 1970 performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival at London’s Royal Albert Hall is materialized for the first time in an exquisite documentary, which shows the band led by John Fogerty at the height of their career. Directed by Bob Smeaton (from the miniseries “The Beatles Anthology”), the film combines the live performances of classics like “Fortunate Son”, “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising” with behind-the-scenes interviews and a brief history of the band, with a wide variety of never-before-seen images.
The streaming release marks the only footage from the original CCR lineup to be made available in full to fans. The England shows took place on 14 and 15 April 1970 – just days after the Beatles announced their split – and were part of the quartet’s first European tour, which included stops in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Denmark. The group was simply in their prime, hailing from Woodstock and with five US Top 10 singles the year before.
But the most significant detail is that the Albert Hall show became known to the band’s admirers for having given rise to one of the biggest misunderstandings in rock history.
In 1980, the CCR record company released a live album called “The Royal Albert Hall Concert”, which became a worldwide sales phenomenon. Only, in fact, its content was a show recorded in Oakland, California. Years after the embarrassment, the album was re-released with a new title: “The Concert”. And the actual Royal Albert Hall show, which had actually been recorded in high fidelity, remained unreleased on disc for more than five decades. Now, together with the documentary, the English concert will finally become disc, with audio restored and remastered, in a double vinyl edition, accompanied by the Blu-ray of the film, CD of hits and several other materials for collectors.