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
"The Art of Self-Defense": Jesse Eisenberg stars in this darkly comic film from Riley Stearns ("Faults") as an incredibly meek and mild accountant named Casey who is brutally attacked one night while out walking his dog. While off work to recuperate he tries to figure out what steps he can take to stop being afraid of nearly everything that happens around him in life. This leads him to a karate studio where he becomes obsessed with taking classes from a man we simply only ever know as "Sensei" (Alessandro Nivola). The classes increase his confidence and relatively quickly turn him from a nerd into an alpha male who only listens to heavy metal and is not afraid to punch his boss in the throat. Stearns provides an amusing (and occasionally ultra-violent) examination of modern masculinity with an uncompromising performance from Eisenberg that is destined to become a cult classic. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
"Wrinkles the Clown": Director Michael Beach Nichols goes in-depth into a story that is almost too bizarre to believe. While most parents would look into hiring a clown to entertain their kids at birthday parties, this documentary introduces us to Wrinkles, a retired man in Naples, Fla., who can be hired to scare children who simply won't behave. After a video of him hiding underneath a little girl's bed and scaring her went viral on the internet in 2015, there was a profile in The Washington Post, and websites began to appear with evil clown sightings, and he got over a million voicemails. Nichols uses unorthodox methods to get to the bottom of the real story here, but at a brisk 78 minutes, the film never wears out its welcome. Unlike Wrinkles, who is absolutely terrifying. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Happy Death Day 2U": Just in time for Halloween, this clever sequel moves into more of a sci-fi direction as it picks us back up in the life of college student Tree (Jessica Rothe). She's already survived an endless series of days being chased and murdered over and over again, but just as the nightmare stops she discovers that a group of students on campus has been experimenting with a quantum reactor and opened up another time loop. Director Christopher Landon delivers a deliriously fun story that absolutely shouldn't work but does. Of course, the success of the second film means that, at the very least, you can expect it to soon be a trilogy. (HBO Now)