This week, the new movies available to watch at home are dominated by a major theatrical release finally coming to home video, and an exciting Netflix film that's a bit of a backlash.
First, we have to mention Elvis. Baz Luhrmann's maximalist approach is a perfect vehicle for a story about one of America's pop culture's most famous figures, and it's now available for viewing at home if you, like me, are unable to attend theaters.
Day Shift, a vampire-hunting action comedy-horror hybrid from first-time filmmaker and legendary stunt performer J.J. Perry, is a must-see film, and a throwback to a previous era of action filmmaking.
A pair of children's films, a documentary on Princess Diana, David Cronenberg's Crimes of the Future, and Alex Garlands Men, all at reduced rental rates, and more.
Let's get down to it!
On Amazon, Apple, and Vudu, there's a $19.99 price to rent or purchase.
Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) is the star of Baz Luhrmanns biography of the King of Rock n Roll, and Tom Hanks is his promoter, Colonel Tom Parker.
The crucial casting choice isn't the actor, but the filmmaker. Baz Luhrmann is precisely what an Elvis biography requires: He has no restraint, no shame, and no self-consciousness. He is the only filmmaker who can express Elvis Presley's legend with the sassyllogistic honesty it deserves.
Why not browse our selection of excellent musical biopics or the best films from Elvis' acting career while you're at it?
Where to find Netflix movies to stream
J.J. Perry, a long-time stunt performer and action coordinator, has made his directorial debut. Jamie Foxx plays a vampire hunter in desperate need of cash, teamed up with a Vampire Hunters Union rep (Dave Franco) and an old pal (Snoop Dogg) in an effort to win a big prize.
From our review:
The refreshingly low stakes and the effortless interplay of the mundane and the supernatural are just two examples of the many video-store staples Day Shift is a love letter to. The Lost Boys, Dead Heat, and Fright Night all get their respective homages, among others. Some references are subtle, meant for only dedicated film geeks. Others are roaring, affectionate shoutouts.
On Paramount Plus, there is a program available for viewing.
Owen Wilson is a hybrid between Iron Man and Green Lantern in this kid-centric superhero film from Catfish and Nerve filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost.
From our evaluation:
When Secret Headquarters indulges the fascination of kids with superpowered gadgets, it shines. When it narrows the focus to the conflict between Charlie and his father, and the toll that being a masked vigilante takes on family life, it stands out from other entries in the children's discover superpowers and super-gadgets subgenre. It might benefit from a little less focus on the serious adult issues of it all, but when Joost and Schulman narrow the plot to smaller stakes and subtle
Crimes of the Future
Where to find out: On Apple, Amazon, and Google, it's available to rent for $5.99.
Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart star in David Cronenberg's latest body horror film. There's no better time to revisit Cronenbergs history with the genre he's long championed.
From our review:
Cronenberg's relatively recent films include discomfiting scenes, shocking scenes, and even gnarly flashes of terror (both with Stewarts Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson); both are more user-friendly trips for the squeamish. But Crimes is a more contemplative, sometimes recessive film.
Where to find the best shows: Available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu for $5.99 per month.
Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) returns in this horrifying film about a young lady (Jessie Buckley) who flees to the countryside after a traumatic experience with her husband, only to encounter a very strange group of men (Rory Kinnear) who share the same face.
From our review:
Men is a sensualists' dream, with vivid colors and endlessly disturbing imagery. The lighting, by Ben Salisbury and Portisheads Geoff Barrow, works with Buckleys voices, sometimes to haunting effects, as when she explores a tunnels echo by harmonizing with her own voice.
Where to find content: Netflix is available to stream.
This bizarre Telugu crime comedy takes place in a fictional country where a measure requires gun ownership is passed, as well as a series of incidents that follow.
Code Name: Emperor
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This action thriller from Spain confronts a moral dilemma for a secret agent when he is asked to frame an innocent politician.
Where to find the show: Netflix has a variety of services available to stream.
Heartsong is a musical romantic drama set in Turkey that follows a nomadic folk musician from the Dom people who falls in love with the bride of a wedding he has been hired to perform at.
Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist
Where to find content: Netflix is offering a streaming service.
In this true-crime report, Argentina's most famous bank robbery occurred when five masked robbers held 23 people hostage and robbed a bank in broad daylight in 2006.
Where to Find Out: Netflix is offering a streaming service.
Another Telugu-language comedy on Netflix this week is a courtroom action comedy about a lawyer who takes on a controversial client. His relationship with the client puts him in conflict with his ex-judge father.
Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story
Where to Find It: Netflix's Movies are now available for streaming.
Leo Baker, a pioneering skateboarder, won gold at the 2014 Summer X Games and is one of the most well-known trans athletes in sports, according to this documentary.
13: The Musical
Where to find Netflix content: Available for streaming
A youngster who moves from New York to Indiana wants to have a bar mitzvah in his new environment.
What to watch: HBO Max has a streaming option.
This The Princess is a documentary about Princess Diana created by Oscar-nominated documentarian Ed Perkins (Black Sheep) not to be confused with the recently released Hulu action film of the same name.
I Love My Dad
Where to find your show: On Apple and Vudu, you may rent it for $6.99 per hour.
Patton Oswalt plays a father who tries to connect with his estranged son by posing as a woman online. Yes, he attempts to catfish his own son (played by writer/director James Morosini, whose real experience the story is based on).
Where to watch: Available on Apple, Amazon, and Vudu for $5.99 per month.
Wifelike is a science fiction thriller rated R. As a result, a detective (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has recently lost his wife and has been assigned an AI companion (Elena Kampouris) who is designed to act like her. As the AI companion begins to recall memories that aren't hers, he is drawn into a conflict with a resistance group attempting to end this practice.
From our review:
Wifelike excavates some barely concealed subtext and proudly lays it out as a text: Men subjugate women, and if their attempts to do that are stymied, theyll invent new women to subjugate others. There are moments when the film seems to be tempted to use grief and loneliness as catch-all excuses for male misdeeds, but Bird backs off by excludes any major characters who are truly grieving.