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
"Book Club": What happens when you put together a cast of legendary actresses and have their characters read "Fifty Shades of Gray"? It sounds pretty ridiculous, and it is, but it’s also quite a bit of fun. Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen star as best friends who spice up their lives with the provocative book series to bizarrely comical ends. Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia and Craig T. Nelson take on the supporting roles here, and while things stay decidedly PG-13, it is refreshing to see a movie acknowledge sex-positivity and the perils of dating for characters older than 50. It’s all rather charming, even if, much like the book that inspired the story, it’s a temporary trifle. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
"Tucker: The Man and His Dream": Long before he was "The Dude," Jeff Bridges was simply outstanding as innovative automaker Preston Tucker in this 1988 biopic from Francis Ford Coppola. Tucker fought against the Big Three in Detroit, trying to change the way cars were made in America. He had very big ideas, but executing them proved to be more challenging. While the film gets bogged down a little in the final act as it heads into a courtroom drama, it’s a captivating slice of Americana that also offers up early performances from Joan Allen and a teenage Christian Slater. The newly remastered video beautifully shows off the work of legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and the film also provides a fascinating score by new wave ’80s rocker Joe Jackson. Unavailable on home video for years, it’s ripe for rediscovery. (Digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Always at the Carlyle": If you’ve always wanted to know how the other half lives, check out this documentary about one of New York’s most exclusive and swankiest hotels. George Clooney, Wes Anderson and the late Anthony Bourdain are among those who pay tribute to this iconic home away from home for the world’s most rich and famous. (Hoopla)
"Mother!": Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are a couple on the edge after uninvited guests destroy the peace and quiet of their new abode. Director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount terrorized mainstream audiences last fall by throwing this audacious, surreal and allegorical arthouse picture into multiplexes by masquerading it as a horror film. Michelle Pfeiffer sadly did not get noticed during awards season for her delightful turn here, but it’s one of many components that make this oddity worth checking out for more adventurous viewers. (Amazon Prime, Hulu)