You love Amy Schumer, but will you love this movie?
Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming.
Video on Demand
“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”: Sophie Fiennes spent a decade following the legendary pop diva around on tour and in more intimate moments like a trip to Jamaica to visit her family. We also get behind-the-scenes footage of Jones as she set up the recording of her 2008 album “Hurricane” with frequent collaborators Sly & Robbie. The documentary plays fairly fast and loose with structure, idling by in more muted and quiet moments that are all shot using handheld video. The picture bursts to life with colorful close-ups and more polished film footage during incredible performances from live concerts with classic tracks like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “My Jamaican Guy.” Fiennes doesn’t answer many questions about Jones’ life, but the opportunity to be a fly-on-the-wall is the closest we may ever get to the real Grace. (Digital VOD)
“I Feel Pretty”: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (writing partners on films like “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”) make their co-directorial debut with this romantic comedy that will either tickle your fancy or, possibly, make you angry. Amy Schumer stars as Renee, a woman who hits her head and then comes to believe that she is truly gorgeous. To buy into this premise, you have to believe that a tall, blond woman who maybe has a handful of extra pounds on her frame is incapable of loving herself and that other humans simply find her hideous. But, truthfully, the movie’s heart is in the right place, even if its message is a little backhanded. It’s a commentary on how women of all shapes and sizes are made to feel bad about their looks by the fashion and beauty industries. Should it take a brain injury to feel good about yourself? Probably not, but Schumer delivers consistent laughs, and you’ll be amazed at the surprisingly wacky performance by Oscar winner Michelle Williams. If that’s not enough to recommend a rental, Busy Philipps, hysterically funny Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”) and even supermodel Naomi Campbell turn up in supporting roles. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“How It Ends”: This thriller stars Theo James (“Divergent”) as Will, a man who has traveled to Chicago from Seattle to ask his pregnant girlfriend’s parents (Nicole Ari Parker and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) for their blessing to get married. Before he can get back to his girlfriend, mysterious events across the West Coast begin to signal serious trouble, and Will ends up on a mad dash to make it home before the apocalypse takes hold. (Netflix)