Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Everybody Knows": The first foreign-language release from Focus Feature in nearly a decade is a perfect choice on paper. Prestigious Iranian director Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation," "The Salesman") steps outside of his home country for a Spanish thriller starring one of the sexiest couples on the planet, Penelope Cruz ("All About My Mother") and Javier Bardem ("No Country For Old Men"). In the film, Cruz plays Laura, a married woman who returns to the small village where she grew up for her sister's wedding. The celebratory nature of the weekend is destroyed when Laura's daughter disappears and it is revealed that she has been kidnapped. Bardem plays an old boyfriend of Laura's who steps in to help, and there is an interesting story here with solid performances. Unfortunately, the 132-minute running time feels a lot longer. For a picture that purports to be in thriller mode, it requires a lot of patience for the payoff. But fans of world cinema should give it a shot — earlier this year it earned 8 Goya nominations, Spain's equivalent to the Oscar, including best film, best actor, best actress, and best original screenplay. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Suspiria" (2018): Speaking of movies that feel far longer than their running time, Luca Guadagnino's follow-up to "Call Me by Your Name" is a reimagining of the 1977 Italian horror classic that clocks in at 152 minutes. Watching this at Fantastic Fest last fall, it felt like I was in the theater for approximately six hours. And despite my misgivings, it is eminently watchable, but I'm not sure if it is ultimately worth the ride. Dakota Johnson stars as a young American who heads to Berlin to attend an acclaimed dance academy. The only problem with her plan? Well, the school appears to be run by a coven of witches. Chloe Grace Moretz ("The Miseducation of Cameron Post") was a big part of the marketing for the movie but is only on screen for about 10 minutes. Conversely, Tilda Swinton is on hand in multiple roles through the entire thing and is her typically phenomenal self, but the overall result is an outrageously self-indulgent feature, and nothing justifies the bloated length. On the plus side, there is a wickedly brutal death scene in a room full of mirrors that pays homage to the original feature, and Thom Yorke's score is divine. May I suggest listening to that and watching Dario Argento's original instead? (Amazon Prime, available in 4K Ultra HD)