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
"Gloria Bell": Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio has followed up last year's drama "Disobedience" by tackling an English version of his 2013 Spanish-language film "Gloria." He does some tweaking to the basic story, but this is a pretty faithful reboot. Julianne Moore is always terrific in anything she chooses to do, but in the titular role as a divorced woman sowing her wild oats, she is at once sympathetic and very natural. It is not simply mimicking the original feature (which earned Paulina Garcia the best actress prize at the Berlin International Film Festival) — Moore gives us a fresh reinterpretation of the character and fully makes it her own. There is something deceptively simple about scenes wherein she is speeding down the road singing along to '80s pop songs by artists like Olivia Newton-John. It isn't often that stories are told about women in their 50s who are still happily exploring their desires. This is a strong woman who has raised a family and watched her long-standing relationship end. She doesn't wallow in misery; she chooses to go out dancing and live her best life. When she starts to fall in love with Arnold (John Turturro), we can feel the tenuous balance Gloria must maintain to figure out how her new life interacts with her adult children and her career. If you've seen the prior film, you should still watch this to enjoy the performances. Boldly beautiful and completely unforgettable, this is one of 2019's best. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"At the Heart of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal": Erin Lee Carr caused a sensation with her last HBO documentary, "Mommy Dead and Dearest," and her latest film is even more troubling. She tells the story of how the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team finally brought a molestation scandal into the spotlight and introduces us to the brave young women who slowly but surely brought down their abuser. Make no mistake, this is not easy viewing. Carr thankfully avoids giving Dr. Larry Nassar much screen time (aside from the inevitable moments from the courtroom proceedings when he came face to face with all the people whose lives he changed forever) and instead lets the women and their families tell their own stories with the help of some investigative journalists. Decades of lies, deception and, worst of all, people who simply ignored the claims of victims because they were close with the abuser. The film is filled with things that are difficult to hear but important to tell. (HBO Now)