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
"Amazing Grace": If you've ever wished that you could have been a fly on the wall when Aretha Franklin was at the absolute peak of her performance powers, look no further. The footage from this outstanding documentary was entirely shot in 1972 when Aretha recorded her album of the same name. Sydney Pollack was brought in to direct, but unfortunately his team made a massive technical error during the shoot that left the film reels unusable and languishing in a vault for over 40 years. The album itself went on to become the biggest-selling gospel release of all time. Thankfully, advances in technology allowed the original film negatives to be scanned and properly reconstructed. The end result is simply astounding, although it is not likely the movie that Pollack would have released at the time. Franklin, just shy of turning 30 in early 1972, shines alongside the Southern California Community Choir and members of her own band. As a historical document, it's a shining portrait of an artist in the moment doing exactly what she loved. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Non-Fiction": French auteur Olivier Assayas had some decent success at American arthouses over the last few years with films like "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Personal Shopper," which were predominately in English. His latest drama has more in common with his 2008 feature "Summer Hours" and, like that film, also stars Juliette Binoche. She plays Selena, a successful actress married to a handsome book editor and publisher named Alain (Guillaume Canet, "Tell No One"). She is biding her time on a police procedural television series but has accepted that her advancing age is about to send her back into the world of theater, where the parts for women are simply better. Their very French marriage includes some light infidelities, and they tend to hang out with friends discussing topics like how the digital revolution has altered the way people consume media. This is something that is near and dear to Alain's heart, and he is finding it difficult to boost sales for authors like Leonard (Vincent Macaigne), who keeps turning in manuscripts of new novels that are very similar to what he's released before. Poor Leonard can't seem to write from anything other than experience, which makes things complicated for his wife, Valerie (Nora Hamzawi), who has to read about his dalliances in print. As long as you are down for a foreign movie that is more driven by dialogue than action, this is a cynical, witty and breezy Parisian affair. (Hulu)