Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Ready Player One": It’s difficult to fathom any other director being able to float from a hard-hitting historical drama like "The Post" to an action-packed, CGI-laden gaming adventure like this, but Steven Spielberg’s canon is filled with such wild discrepancies. An adaptation of Austin-based author Ernie Cline’s 2011 novel, this futuristic tale takes place in 2045, when most Americans are living out their days inside a virtual reality world. Wade (Tye Sheridan) is trying to win a contest to take control of the VR platform that everybody is using to entertain themselves online and keep it away from those who might use it for evil. Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and Lena Waithe are on board for extra credibility, but most viewers are going to be strictly here for the crazy visual effects and fun. Spielberg has packed the movie with Easter eggs, mostly from properties that Warner Bros. controls such as "The Iron Giant" and "The Shining" or from films the man himself has made or produced such as "Jurassic Park" and "Back to the Future." The film somehow manages to successfully mine all those nostalgic elements while being decidedly futuristic in design and tone. (Cable and digital VOD, available in 4K Ultra HD)
Also on streaming services
"The Bleeding Edge": Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering ("The Invisible War") have delivered one of the year’s most terrifying films. No, it’s not a horror movie, but you still may find yourself scared to death. It’s a documentary that looks at the massive medical device industry and how these major corporations have a history of releasing products to the market without the proper testing or genuine scope of impact to consumers. This includes awful stories about botched hip replacements, surgical robots, and an implanted birth control product called Essure which, thanks in part to the pressure provided by this film, is being discontinued by Bayer. (Netflix, available in 4K Ultra HD)
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": My least-favorite film from the last awards season cycle is one that most people seemed to adore. Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges") crafted an original story about a grieving mother (best actress winner Frances McDormand) who attacks the police force in her rural community for being unable to solve the brutal assault and murder of her daughter. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it’s a sharply cynical story filled with unlikable characters, if you’re into that sort of thing. The film remains worth watching because of McDormand’s go-for-broke performance that, despite teetering on the edge, still feels raw and authentic. (HBO Now)