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
"Queen & Slim": Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith star in this powerful drama that is the opposite of a dreamy meet-cute. Queen is a young lawyer with a promising future who goes on a first date with Slim to a diner. As he is driving her home, their car is pulled over for a traffic stop by a power-hungry police officer, and it changes their lives forever. Before long, they are fugitives on the run and struggling to find help wherever they can get it to survive. Director Melina Matsoukas is one of the most celebrated music video directors of the last fifteen years, bringing songs from Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez to life, so it's no surprise that she has a flair for strong visuals. She took a powerfully provocative screenplay by Lena Waithe and infused it with compassion, but make no mistake, this is not a feel-good film with easy answers. Matsoukas was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for outstanding directing in a first-time feature film and was awarded best directorial debut of 2019 by the National Board of Review. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD Available)
"Uncut Gems": The sixth feature film from the Safdie brothers is an anxiety-riddled look into the life of a gambling addict named Howard, played to sheer perfection by Adam Sandler. As a comedian, he doesn't have the greatest track record for consistency, but when he dives into drama (as he has beautifully done before with films like "Punch-Drunk Love" and "Funny People") the rate of return on quality is often much higher. In his jewelry store, Howard caters to athletes and hip-hop artists who want to be blinged out, but his proximity to the large quantities of money exchanged for these items is especially dangerous given his propensity to bet recklessly on basketball games despite being in debt to a loan shark. We breathlessly watch him make bad decision after bad decision, with little regard for his family or loved ones, building toward an edge-of-your-seat final act. Sandler won the Independent Spirit Award for best male lead, and it has become the highest-grossing film in the history of its distributor, A24. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD Available)
Also on streaming services
"Spenser Confidential": Loosely based on the same book series that brought "Spenser: For Hire" to television in the ’80s, Mark Wahlberg is the Boston-based private eye in this action-packed thriller from Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights") that also stars Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Post Malone. (Netflix)