Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Knives Out": In Rian Johnson's throwback murder mystery, everybody is a suspect after a famous crime writer named Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dies at home after a large family gathering for his 85th birthday. While the initial ruling is a suicide, the water gets murky very quickly, and suddenly everything feels like the storyline to one of Harlan's bestselling books. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and Toni Collette as family members who suddenly have to defend themselves, while Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Craig step in to investigate what could be a murder with the nervous help of Harlan's home nurse Marta (Ana de Armas). The end result not only works as a sharp whodunit but is also wildly comical. The interaction of a wide array of characters just may keep you guessing to the very end (and part of the fun is going back for a second viewing to see how the puzzle pieces come together). Nominated for best original screenplay at the Academy Awards, you'll want to catch up with this now to be ready for the sequel that will follow Craig's superb Benoit Blanc character on another case. A digital purchase on iTunes includes two highly informative audio commentaries, two deleted scenes and a 42-minute cast and crew Q&A featurette. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette": Based on a novel by Maria Semple that many called unadaptable, the latest film from Richard Linklater was botched by a distributor who was running out of money, a handful of release date changes and some middling critical reviews. That said, it would be criminal to overlook such a magical performance from Cate Blanchett, starring as our titular character. Bernadette Fox, we find out through an unbelievably convenient news video, was an acclaimed architect who ended up abandoning her career. She is instead funneling all of her energy into raising her teenage daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson), fighting with her next-door neighbor (a delightful Kristen Wiig) and fixing up a crumbling Seattle mansion while her husband, Elgin (Billy Crudup), makes boatloads of money in the tech industry. Perhaps lending some credence to the feeling that this book couldn't be easily turned into a movie, the storyline is heading toward a family trip to Antarctica (like you do) when Bernadette disappears and her family goes on the hunt to find her. The final act does feel rushed and slightly incomplete, but it's certainly never boring. (Hulu)