Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that was recently made available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Unlovable": Comedian Charlene deGuzman adapted her own experiences in a rehab program for sex and love addiction into this outrageously funny film that had its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year. She stars as Joy, a young woman who has a tendency to get very drunk and have sex with complete strangers despite living with a loving boyfriend. After realizing that her life is spiraling out of control, Joy finds a 12-step group led by Maddie (Melissa Leo), who is initially reluctant to be her sponsor. When she does agree to help, it’s under very strict rules — Joy must live in a guest house behind Maddie's grandmother’s home and completely detox her life. No drinking, no social media, and perhaps most difficult: no sexting or sex. Things take a better turn after she meets Jim (John Hawkes), Maddie's brother. They start writing songs together in a garage behind the house (and no, that's not a euphemism) and the story, much like Zoe Lister-Jones' terrific "Band Aid" from last year, comically illustrates the healing power of music. Director Suzi Yoonessi balances the humor and the emotional moments expertly but also recognizes the benefit of being short and sweet. The film wraps up at 79 minutes without a wasted moment — it gets to the point and pushes us through the highs and lows of Joy’s recovery without wallowing in her missteps. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"You Were Never Really Here": Lynne Ramsey's first feature since 2011's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" is also the second Amazon Studios release this year with a bravura performance from Joaquin Phoenix. He stars as Joe, a former military man who gets hired to rescue young women who have been abducted into sex slavery. When he is approached by a New York senator to find his missing daughter Nina, the only directive is to find her before the story gets into the press. Joe is a renegade and will do anything that is required of him to get the job done, but the brutality of his life has taken its toll on him. This is a dark character study but made all the more worthwhile by the strength and vulnerability of Phoenix's performance. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood composed the evocative score, and the film was awarded best actor and best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. As we head into award season, it's also had a strong showing at the British Independent Film Awards, where it picked up eight nominations last week. (Amazon Prime, available in 4K Ultra HD)