Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers, as well as a title currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Ad Astra": In his follow-up to "The Lost City Of Z," director James Gray delivers a $100 million big-budget science-fiction drama that left mainstream audiences cold. With his art-house pedigree, it's not exactly shocking that Gray made a visually stunning story about a broken relationship between a father and son that just so happens to take place mostly in outer space. The movie has more in common with Terrence Malick than George Lucas, but it is the kind of film that reveals more to enjoy with repeat viewings. This features Pitt's second outstanding performance of 2019 and relies heavily on close-ups of his unquestionably beautiful face to convey emotion (or a lack thereof). The translation to home viewing hurts this one more than most as Hoyte van Hoytema's gorgeous cinematography is reduced to the small screen, but it's still worth tracking down. Bonus points for solid (albeit brief) supporting turns from Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
"Hustlers": Based on a New York magazine article about dancers from the strip club Scores, this candy-coated drama was cleverly launched with a world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, which helped to make it a critical favorite even before hitting theaters. Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World") frames the story with Constance Wu as Destiny, a former stripper sitting down for a magazine article interview. This bounces us back and forth from past to present and introduces us to all of her former co-workers, including Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), Mercedes (Keke Palmer) and Annabelle (Lili Reinhart). While working together at a club called Moves on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis, the women carry out a scheme to defraud rich customers by drugging them and charging up their credit cards. Hip-hop stars Lizzo and Cardi B (who herself famously worked as a stripper before becoming a rapper) are well cast in small roles, and the legendary Mercedes Ruehl is on hand as the club's “den mother.” Lopez has been racking up wins from critics groups across the country as best supporting actress (including the Austin Film Critics Association), and the movie has earned three Independent Spirit Awards nominations, including best director. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Loro": Italian director Paolo Sorrentino ("Youth") originally released this epic satirical tale about politician Silvio Berlusconi in two parts overseas. These films have been edited into a standalone 145-minute international cut, which is now available stateside. (Hulu)