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
"Rocketman": Coming hot on the heels of the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody" last year, this engaging biopic about the career of Elton John provides for a more entertaining experience in nearly every way. Dexter Fletcher is the director that both films have in common. He came on to finish the Queen movie after replacing Bryan Singer on the project, even though Directors Guild of America rules meant that he went uncredited in that task, and it's like he learned a lot of lessons on "Bohemian Rhapsody" and avoided repeating them here. The casting of Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") as Elton may seem like a surprising choice until you see him fully disappear into the role. And, unlike Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Egerton actually sings in his performance and really pulls it off. At times, the movie still plays into many of the tired biopic traps that you might expect, but it also manages to take the meaning behind song lyrics and shape them into a full-blown, and beautifully stylized, musical. The biggest difference between the two movies is that this one doesn't shy away from heavier themes. Elton's career, especially in the 1970s, was not a PG-13 affair, and this movie more accurately depicts his R-rated life. (Cable and digital VOD; available in 4K Ultra HD)
Also on streaming services
"Halston": From growing up in rural Iowa to becoming one of the most celebrated names in fashion, the life of Roy Halston Frowick had extreme highs and lows. He first became known in the late '50s when he created custom hats at high-end department store Bergdorf Goodman. In 1961, he designed the pillbox hat that Jackie Kennedy made famous, and from that point on his star seemed as though it might never stop rising. But things are rarely that simple. Money, power and fame can be just as dangerous as hard drugs (and there were plenty of those around, too). Director Frédéric Tcheng ("Dior and I") blends incredible archival footage with a bizarrely wonderful framing device involving fashion devotee Tavi Gevinson to show us how Halston redefined high fashion in the '70s and how his talents were taken over by a well-oiled business machine that nearly licensed him to death and, ultimately, destroyed his career. Friends like Liza Minnelli, Joel Schumacher and Marisa Berenson are featured in contemporary interviews alongside many people who worked with the icon himself, including some of the corporate businessmen who clearly didn't understand what they were getting into. (CNN Go; also available to rent through cable and digital VOD)