Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles recently made available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Eighth Grade": This sharply observed story about an awkward 13-year-old girl named Kayla (Elsie Fisher) was, quite surprisingly, written and directed by stand-up comedian Bo Burnham. There isn't much of anything in his career up to this point that would have indicated he was capable of such a remarkable filmmaking debut, but I'm incredibly thankful that it exists. Kayla, like many kids her age, lives on the internet. She has a YouTube channel full of videos talking about everything from believing in yourself to makeup tips, but at school, she is practically a pariah. Her single father Mark (Josh Hamilton) can't seem to connect with her and pushes social activities that cause high levels of anxiety. 28-year-old Burnham manages to capture some of the most cringe-worthy elements of adolescence and illustrate for older generations of viewers how social media has added yet another level of uncertainty to the joy and pain of growing up. Fisher, who was previously best known as the voice of Agnes in the "Despicable Me" films, gives a star-making performance here, and it will be very interesting to watch her career flourish in the years ahead. (Cable and digital VOD)
"Let The Sunshine In": In this new feature film written and directed by Clarie Denis, Juliette Binoche plays Isabelle, a divorced artist and single mother who keeps herself busy by painting and surrounding herself with romantic distractions. The movie is not afraid to depict the brazen sexuality of an older woman who, in the immortal words of the Rolling Stones, just can't get no satisfaction. Now nearing her mid-50s, there is something utterly refreshing about watching Binoche sleep her way through France while wondering if she'll ever find "the one." (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Ex Libris: The New York Public Library": Frederick Wiseman is one of the greatest living documentarians, and his most recent release (which debuted on PBS last month) is an in-depth look at a portion of the 92 branch locations that provide valuable learning resources for residents of New York City. Clocking in at nearly 3 1/2 hours, the film shows us how the entire system is supported and is preparing for our digital future. (Kanopy)
"The Kindergarten Teacher": Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a teacher in New York who identifies one of her students as a child prodigy and then will stop at nothing to bring his perceived genius to the world. Based on a critically-acclaimed Israeli drama from 2014, this drama picked up the directing prize in the U.S. dramatic category at Sundance this year for Sara Colangelo. (Netflix)