Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Half The Picture": After playing at Sundance and South by Southwest this year, Amy Adrion’s acclaimed documentary about female directors in Hollywood has just hit home video to find a wider audience. Sexism in the industry is certainly nothing new, but this film takes a closer look at how even in 2018 there are three major studios that aren’t releasing one film made by a woman this calendar year. Interviews with filmmakers like Ava DuVernay ("A Wrinkle in Time"), Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey"), Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne’s World") and Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight") illuminate a vulnerable discussion about personal experiences and the potential for change. (Digital VOD)
"Tully": Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody ("Juno") team up yet again to tell the story of Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother who is struggling through the unexpected pregnancy of a third child. Her well-intentioned husband (Ron Livingston) isn’t much help around the house, and so she begrudgingly accepts her brother’s offer to hire a night nanny. When Tully (Mackenzie Davis) starts to help around the house after the child is born, it infinitely improves Marlo’s quality of life and changes everything. Theron is an extraordinarily gifted actor who can swing from a brutal action movie like "Atomic Blonde" directly into an unexpectedly uncomfortable story like this and absolutely ace both roles. While the film didn’t blow away any box office records, her performance is unquestionably one of the best of the year and will hopefully not be completely ignored during awards season. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Baby Driver": It’s become slightly more difficult to watch Edgar Wright’s action-packed crime drama since the #metoo takedown of Kevin Spacey, but now you can crank up the expertly curated soundtrack and just gently fast-forward through the majority of his scenes if you need to. You won’t miss much, and you’ll still get to enjoy all the amazing car chases. The rest of the cast (including Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx) is great, and Bill Pope’s cinematography is jaw-dropping. (Showtime Anytime)
"Victoria & Abdul": Stephen Frears ("The Queen") directs this wonderfully charming and irresistible period piece about the relationship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a Muslim Indian attendant named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) who served her during the last 15 years of her life. Their unexpected friendship puzzled and even angered her inner circle, especially some family members. Nominated for best makeup and hairstyling as well as best costume design at this year’s Academy Awards, this comes highly recommended to those who are missing "Downton Abbey." (HBO Now)