Here is an interesting new release available now from digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Support The Girls": The latest feature from Andrew Bukalski ("Computer Chess") earned raves after premiering earlier this year at South by Southwest. Regina Hall stars as Lisa, the manager at a Hooters-esque bar and grill called Double Whammies whose job is more than just running a restaurant. She acts as a surrogate mother for many of the young women under her employ and treats them with great affection. Lisa knows exactly why most of their clientele is there, but she works hard to maintain a reputation for being a family establishment, as much as humanly possible. While this sharply funny independent film had too small of a theatrical release to be a major player during awards season, Hall already picked up the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle this year and will likely walk away with a few more accolades for her outstanding performance before the year is over. The supporting cast, especially Haley Lu Richardson, is uniformly excellent and the screenplay is unexpectedly touching. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Before I Fall": Director Ry Russo-Young elevates a groan-worthy YA concept (think "Mean Girls" meets "Groundhog Day") and manages to exceed expectations with a well-intentioned teen drama that packs a pretty important message for its target audience. Zoey Deutch is phenomenal, the cinematography is top-notch and the aggressively cool soundtrack wins lots of points for spotlighting Grimes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, especially, by playing Shamir's "On The Regular" over and over again in a party scene. (Amazon Prime)
"The Cakemaker": In Israel's official Foreign Language Film submission to this year's Academy Awards, a young German baker named Thomas has an affair with Oren, a married Israeli man visiting Berlin. After learning Oren has died in a car accident, Thomas heads to Jerusalem and gets a job making cakes in a cafe run by Oren's widow. At home, the film already took home six Ophir awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. (Netflix)
"Dumplin'": Danielle Macdonald ("Patti Cake$") stars as Willowdean, a plus-size teenager who has struggled to grow up in the shadow of her beauty pageant queen mother (Jennifer Aniston). Her devotion to the music of Dolly Parton is one of the main things that gives her confidence and ultimately inspires her to enter the Clover County Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant that her mother still supervises. Adapted from the young adult novel by Julie Murphy, the film recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for a brand new song from Ms. Parton called "Girl In The Movies." (Netflix)