Here are some interesting new releases available now from digital providers as well as a title that was recently made available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Every Act Of Life": Director Jeff Kaufman examines the life and career of Texas-born playwright Terrence McNally. Over the course of five decades, he has gone from his 1964 Broadway debut, “And Things That Go Bump In The Night,” all the way through to winning Tony Awards for plays like “Ragtime” and “Kiss Of The Spider Woman.” This thoughtful documentary delivers extensively enjoyable interviews with the man himself alongside actors and friends like Rita Moreno, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, and F. Murray Abraham. It's a fitting portrait of a true legend. (Digital VOD)
"Sadie": Megan Griffiths directs this disturbing new drama about a troubled teenager named Sadie (Sophia Mitri Schloss) who lives in a trailer park with her mother Rae (Melanie Lynskey). Her father has been away serving in the military for several years, and while she still gets letters from him in the mail, he has virtually cut off all contact with his wife. Once Rae starts to spend a little too much time with a mysterious new neighbor, Sadie becomes determined to get him out of the way and forge a path to reunite her parents again. The film features a spot-on score by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and strong supporting roles from Tony Hale ("Veep"), Danielle Brooks ("Orange Is The New Black") and John Gallagher Jr. ("The Newsroom"). (Digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Outlaw King": Scottish director David Mackenzie ("Hell Or High Water") has crafted a sweeping historical epic that should play well to fans of "Braveheart." Set in the 14th century, we are dropped directly into the rivalry between Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine), the newly crowned King of Scots, and Edward I (Stephen Dillane) of England. The Scottish side of the fight was not nearly as well equipped or as high in numbers as their British counterparts. The movie is frightfully and brutally violent — be prepared for the final battle sequence, which takes up the entire last act of the film. And while there is an element of PBS-style period drama here, don't come in expecting a prim and proper storyline. It doesn't take long for full-frontal nudity, muddy blood-soaked warriors and full-on disembowelments to fill the screen. Mackenzie trimmed the movie by 20 minutes after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, and it seems to have paid off. Pine is decent in the lead role but gets upstaged by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in what can only be described as "beast mode" and Florence Pugh ("Lady Macbeth"), who is simply majestic. (Netflix, available in 4K Dolby Vision)