Now streaming: 'Halloween' and Cate Blanchett with Jack Black
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
"Halloween": With the blessing of John Carpenter, director David Gordon Green stepped up last fall for a massive overhaul of the infamous horror franchise. To the dismay of some hardcore fans, his first step was to pretend as though the endless sequels from the last few decades did not exist. For our purposes, this film is really now "Halloween 2." It takes place 40 years after the events of the original 1978 feature and Jamie Lee Curtis triumphantly reprises her role as Laurie Strode. Equally measured and brutal, it's a loving homage to Carpenter and a fascinating exploration of personal trauma. Three generations of women power up and take on Michael Myers in a third act that does not disappoint and owes more than a little bit to "Home Alone." (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
"The House with a Clock in its Walls": Best known for horror films, Eli Roth takes it down several notches to deliver a highly entertaining, and occasionally truly frightening, family film. Jack Black plays Jonathan, an eccentric warlock who is tasked with taking care of his 10-year-old nephew Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) after his parents die in a car accident. The always amazing Cate Blanchett is a witch who lives next door, although she has been struggling with her ability to perform spells. The arrival of Lewis into their world of magic is disruptive enough, but he makes things worse by breaking the only rule of his uncle's house when he breaks into a cabinet and unleashes the power of the book of the dead. While this actually earned a PG, it veers closer to PG-13 territory in terms of jump scares and frightening images. If your kids are a little older (and especially if they have read the book), this is actually quite fun with top-notch art direction and special effects. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Support The Girls": Recent winner of the Austin Film Award from the Austin Film Critics Association, the latest comedy from Andrew Bujalski is an empathic look at the life and times of the women working at Double Whammies, a Hooters-esque bar and grill. Lisa (Regina Hall) manages the location with grace, fiercely protective of her young employees. No matter the drama or dilemma, she works hard to create a loving atmosphere for them despite working in a place where they are constantly objectified by the customers. Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle, and Lea DeLaria are standouts in the strong supporting cast. (Hulu)