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
"Crazy Rich Asians": The first book in Kevin Kwan's bestselling series hit the big screen earlier this year and quickly became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade. The excellent ensemble cast is led by Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat") as Rachel. She's an NYU professor who accepts an invite from her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to go to Singapore to attend his best friend's wedding. It comes as a total culture shock when she learns that his family is massively wealthy and she's stepping directly into a high society event. Loaded with lavish cinematography and incredible costumes, this is a classicly aspirational rom-com with hearty laughs courtesy of hip-hop artist and actor Awkwafina (who steals the entire movie as Rachel's best friend from college). Legendary actress Michelle Yeoh turns up as Nick's disapproving mother, who feels he is dating below his status. A sequel is expected to follow in 2020. (Cable and digital VOD, available in 4K Ultra HD)
Also on streaming services
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs": There are six individual short films that constitute this new Western from the Coen brothers. It begins with Tim Blake Nelson as a singing troubadour who ends up in a wildly hysterical and violent showdown in the Wild West. The second tale, which stars James Franco, tells of a botched robbery and goes a long way for a somewhat weak final punchline. Unfortunately, as often happens with anthology collections, the third chapter really slows down the momentum gained by the first two and gums up the works a bit. Liam Neeson stars in "Meal Ticket," a slow-paced and incredibly dark story about a man who is taking advantage of a quadruple amputee in his touring freak show. Things perk up for the slight but amusing fourth story "All Gold Canyon," where the one and only Tom Waits stars as a man obsessed with mining for gold. "The Gal Who Got Rattled" takes us toward the finish line with Zoe Kazan offering the film's finest performance as a woman traveling the brutal Oregon Trail after the death of her brother. If there is one portion of the movie I would have liked to see expanded to feature length, it's this. The Coens wrap things up with Tyne Daly and Brendan Gleeson in "The Mortal Remains," which falls as an incomplete letdown after everything that has come before. All-in-all, there is a lot to enjoy here, but it's more uneven than I would have expected based on the creative team behind it. (Netflix, available in 4K Ultra HD)