Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
“Duck Butter”: In his follow-up to last year’s acclaimed “Beatriz At Dinner,” Miguel Arteta retreats to an intimate drama about two women who meet at a nightclub and have an instantly intense connection. Co-writer and star Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) plays Naima, a struggling actress who gets fired after one day of working on a Duplass brothers film. She falls for Sergio (Laia Costa, “Victoria”), an aspiring singer whom she watches perform while out with friends one night. They quickly decide to pack all the awkward moments of a budding relationship out of the way and spend 24 hours together, having sex once an hour with deep conversations in between. “I wanna know you for real,” Sergio says as she proposes the experiment. They desire honesty but may not be capable of achieving it. The real question is, can they manage to make the magic last for longer than 24 hours? It may not be true love, but through the good, the bad and the ugly we are shown what feels like a very authentic moment in these intersecting lives. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“Baywatch”: Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief”) directs this raunchy reboot of the television series that starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. Both of them have cameos here, but the film is led by a new crew that includes the Rock, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra. Nobody is going to mistake this for a great movie, but it won “The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It” at last year’s Golden Raspberry Awards, and it’s a surprising amount of fun. The plot, as if it really matters, revolves around the lifeguard crew trying to save their beach from a drug lord. It’s mindless, although you may zone out before it hits the end of its 116-minute running time. (Amazon Prime, Hulu)
“Lady Macbeth”: The debut film from notable British theater director William Oldroyd has its roots in an obscure opera, and his feature adaptation is a steamy slice of heaven. Florence Pugh is magnificent in the lead role as a young woman forced into marriage with an older man. Her daily life is heavily restricted to the point where she isn’t even supposed to step foot outside of the house without being accompanied by her husband. When he has to travel for business, she defies orders and goes outside, leading to a passionate affair with a handsome farmhand on the property. This boldly exciting Victorian-era drama was one of 2017’s most welcome surprises. (HBO Now)