Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"The Fabulous Allan Carr": After previously helming documentaries about gay icons Divine and Tab Hunter, Jeffrey Schwarz takes on the larger-than-life world of Hollywood mogul Allan Carr. He began his career working for Hugh Hefner at Playboy in Chicago and then ended up managing clients like Mama Cass and Tony Curtis before diving deep into the world of film, where he brought "Grease" to life in 1978 and became a multimillionaire. Many of Carr’s former close friends and business associates, such as former Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing, singer Connie Francis and actress Lorna Luft, are interviewed here, and the film also features plenty of insane archival footage from his flamboyant talk show appearances in the 1970s. (Digital VOD)
"Mrs. Hyde": This is one of the weirdest roles yet for Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert, and if you know anything about her wide and varied career, that is really saying something. In a modern French take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," she portrays a meek high school physics teacher whose students are largely uninterested in learning. They endlessly mock and refuse to take her seriously, causing extreme emotional distress. After being struck by lightning, she becomes more assured in the classroom, and things shift into sci-fi "Dangerous Minds" territory. The great Romain Duris is sadly underused across the board, but newcomer Adda Senani (who portrays a disabled student named Malik) is one to watch. Oddly delightful, but only recommended for those who don’t mind a meandering and often wacky foreign tale. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Lean On Pete": Based on the award-winning novel by Willy Vlautin, this moving drama follows Charley (Charlie Plummer), a quietly awkward 15-year-old boy moving slowly through life in Portland, Ore., with his single father. He finds acceptance at a local racetrack and ends up helping a cantankerous trainer named Del (Steve Buscemi) care for Lean On Pete, an aging horse who is running out his final races. After forming a close bond, Charley discovers that his beloved horse is headed for slaughter and decides to do everything he can to stop that from happening. Plummer’s performance is captivating, giving viewers hope even in the most desperate moments. The supporting cast, including Chloë Sevigny and Amy Seimetz, is perfectly assembled, and Andrew Haigh ("45 Years") delivers one of 2018’s finest films. It rides a fine line between joy and overwhelming melancholy while managing to feel incredibly honest and real. (Amazon Prime, 4K Ultra HD available)