Here is an interesting new release available now on cable and digital VOD as well as some new international titles currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Miss Juneteenth": Texas native Channing Godfrey Peoples makes her feature-length directorial debut with this captivating drama about a Black woman who dedicates so much of her time and energy to others that she doesn't take enough time to focus on herself. Nicole Beharie gives a note-perfect performance as former beauty pageant queen Turquoise Jones. All of her successes and failures are in the shadow of the day she became Miss Juneteenth. It was a moment in time that could have propelled her out of life in Fort Worth to something bigger, but life had other plans. As the single mother of a teenage daughter named Kai, Turquoise has no choice but to work multiple jobs to stay afloat and there are still moments when things go awry despite her best efforts. She desperately wants her daughter to have the same dream of entering and winning the pageant, but Kai remains determined to follow her own path. There is an undeniable authenticity to this screenplay, and these talented actors bring the story to life in beautiful ways. Highly recommended. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Wasp Network": Based on Francisco Morais' book "The Last Soldiers of the Cold War," Olivier Assayas brings a very talented cast into his latest drama about Cuban spies in the late ’80s. Rene (Edgar Ramirez) leaves his wife Olga (Penelope Cruz) and Havana behind to work on a secret team based in Miami that fought against Castro's regime. Ana de Armas and Gael Garcia Bernal also star in this wide-ranging story that may have been better suited to series form than a feature film. (Netflix)
"The Whistlers": Romanian new wave auteur Corneliu Porumboiu ("Police, Adjective") returns with a comic thriller about a corrupt cop in the Canary Islands who learns a secret whistling language and partners with a dangerous woman in order to pull off a high-stakes heist. (Hulu)
"Young Ahmed": Lost in the shuffle from theater closures this year, the latest effort from the Dardenne brothers ("Two Days, One Night") didn't even get a chance to play locally. Winner of the best director award at last year's Cannes Film Festival, it tells the provocative story of a young biracial Muslim man living in Belgium who becomes radicalized. Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi) is only 13, and his mind is being turned toward violence thanks to a militant imam. He not only turns against his own mother but begins a plot to kill his teacher at school. A tensely plotted final act offers more suspense than you may imagine from these art-house masters. (The Criterion Channel, July 2)