Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that were recently made available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Blindspotting": Daveed Diggs ("Hamlilton") and Rafael Casal wrote, produced and star in this provocative drama about two best friends in Oakland. Collin (Diggs) is a convicted felon who is serving his final three days of probation in a halfway house when the story begins. Miles (Casal) works with him at a moving company and, we find out, has been there in his life since they were little kids. But the city has changed dramatically around them over the years, and we also learn that Miles played a part in the incident that sent Collin to prison. After witnessing a white cop shoot a black man down in the street right in front of him, Collin's final days of probation are jeopardized. This is a thoughtful examination of class, race, police brutality and the effects of gentrification. (Cable and digital VOD)
"Science Fair": Winner of Audience Awards at Sundance and South by Southwest, this charming and heartwarming documentary from National Geographic focuses on nine high school students from around the globe as they prepare for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Funny and often fascinating, these kids and their unique projects could be the ones to change the world. (Cable and digital VOD)
"Skate Kitchen": The narrative debut from "The Wolfpack" director Crystal Moselle is a raucous story about a tight-knit group of young women who are skateboarders in New York. If it feels like she made another documentary, it's because these are almost all non-professional actors and this is a fictionalized version of the real lives of the people who are starring in the movie. Rachelle Vinberg gives a powerful central performance, and it's rare and wonderful to see such a slice-of-life subculture drama presented to us from a female perspective. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"The Christmas Chronicles": Kurt Russell stars as more of a superhero version of Santa Claus in this new family feature produced by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone") and directed by Clay Kaytis ("The Angry Birds Movie"). In the film, two siblings hatch a plan to catch Santa on video but end up accidentally hitching a ride in Santa's sleigh. Inexplicably, there is also a big musical number. (Netflix)
"McQueen": Legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen told stories through his incredible clothing. The success of his own couture line led to him taking over designs for Givenchy. Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui tell the story of his life by focusing on some of his wildest fashion shows and using his own work to explore his demons. (Amazon Prime)