Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a few titles that have recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Widows": It took British director Steve McQueen five years to craft a follow-up to his Oscar-winning "12 Years A Slave," and he used that time to go for the jugular. The end result is a brilliant ensemble piece that should have been wildly successful at the box office. It's hard to say why it wasn't — audiences may have anticipated from the trailers that it was too artsy for their tastes, but it really isn't, and I hope it gets discovered and appreciated more with the benefit of home viewing. Viola Davis leads the incredible cast as a woman forced to put together a crew and pull off a massive heist after her husband and his crime partners were killed during a robbery. Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo co-star as the other ladies brought in, somewhat reluctantly, to finish what their partners started and repay debts left in their laps. McQueen and his screenplay partner, "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, adapt the basics from a 1980s U.K. television miniseries and drop the new story directly into the gritty streets of Chicago's South Side. Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Brian Tyree Henry are also on hand to represent the seedy underbelly of Chicago politics. While award season accolades didn't pan out for this one domestically, Viola Davis did righteously earn a best actress nomination at this year's British Academy Awards. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Generation Wealth": Lauren Greenfield follows-up her acclaimed 2012 documentary "The Queen of Versailles" with this close-up cautionary tale about those who value their material lifestyle over everything else. The culture of money and consumerism is laid bare, and she dares to ask how the majority of Americans can ever achieve the American Dream. (Amazon Prime, 4K Ultra HD available)
"Pick of the Litter": Are you in need of a real pick-me-up? Look no further than this adorable documentary that follows five Labrador puppies from birth through the rigorous process of becoming guide dogs for the blind. It's so endlessly cute that your heart might burst. (Hulu)
"Velvet Buzzsaw": Fresh off its premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a satirical thriller from "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy. It reunites the filmmaker with Jake Gyllenhaal, playing a bisexual art critic who wields the power to launch a new career or to destroy one with his words. Also starring Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Rene Russo, the over-the-top story morphs into a rather bloody horror film with a comic twist. (Netflix, 4K Ultra HD available)