Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that is about to become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Maiden": One of the year's best documentaries is about Tracy Edwards and how she defied the boys club of the yachting world to put together the first all-female sailing crew in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race. Over the course of nine months, her team crossed 33,000 miles and faced plenty of sexist attitudes along the way. Before the boat could even take off, she had to get a sponsor to cover costs. This is something that the men's teams had very little difficulty in achieving but Edwards struggled to pull off. Her strength and perseverance (as well as an unlikely sponsor ally) helped achieve something that even the sports journalists at the time told her couldn't be done. Inspirational and unforgettable, "Maiden" is an amazing true story that should remind us all to never stop chasing our dreams. (Cable and digital VOD)
"The Day Shall Come": Chris Morris rose to prominence in the U.K. comedy scene thanks to developing shows like "Brass Eye" and starring in "The IT Crowd." In 2010, he made his feature film debut with "Four Lions" and has followed that up with another dark satire, this one targeting America and the FBI. Anna Kendrick stars as an FBI agent in Miami looking to squash terrorist threats. When the facts begin to point toward her latest case being a bust, her team bends over backward to turn her suspect into a real threat. While this isn't nearly as sharp as some of Morris' previous work, it still provides serious laughs and, as the opening titles suggest, it's "based on a hundred true stories." (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Little Monsters": Launching as part of their "Huluween" series for October, this new film from Abe Forsythe follows Dave (Alexander England), a singer from a death-metal band who is down on his luck after his girlfriend leaves him. Dave moves in with his sister and quickly discovers that he has a crush on his nephew Felix's schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). To get on her good side, he volunteers to chaperone a school trip to a petting zoo. Unfortunately for everybody involved, this trip happens to coincide with a massive zombie outbreak. This is a riotously funny crowd-pleasing horror-comedy that unexpectedly has a lot of heart. Bonus points for Josh Gad (“The Book of Mormon”) stealing the show as a kids television host named Teddy McGiggle who transforms into an incredibly profane and selfish jerk in the presence of danger. (Hulu, on Oct. 11)