J.J. Abrams' 'Overlord' is a thrill ride for people who don't mind gore
Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming.
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"Overlord": Originally conceived as being part of the "Cloverfield" series, producer J.J. Abrams and director Julius Avery deliver an unexpected thrill ride that is not for the faint of heart. As the movie begins right before D-Day, it feels a bit like any World War II story you've seen before with young men in battle, fighting for their lives. We follow a paratrooper squad that crashes into France and ends up behind enemy lines in a small village that is already occupied by Nazis. As the U.S. soldiers hit the ground and continue on with their mission to take out a radio tower, they discover an underground lab where Nazi scientists are performing horrific experiments on the locals. From this point on, the war drama hits the backburner for a straight-up gore-filled extravaganza packed with Nazi zombies. Wyatt Russell is on hand looking just like his dad Kurt did in "The Thing," and it's hard to believe that isn't a coincidence. If you can handle the genuinely disgusting effects, this is a lot of fun. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"Studio 54": The disco era's most exclusive club has had a long life well beyond the handful of years it was actually in operation. From 1977 to 1980, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were running the most popular nightclub in the world. Both men ended up in prison for tax evasion, and after Rubell passed away in 1989, Schrager consistently turned down interview requests to talk on the record. Director Matt Tyrnauer finally got Schrager to break his silence on camera, and that makes this engaging documentary something truly special. (Netflix)
"Whitney": In 2017, "Whitney: Can I Be Me" was released — a documentary that was filled with archival interviews and concert performances from over 500 hours of footage shot during Whitney Houston's 1999 world tour that had never seen the light of day. But that project was not approved by the family and it only made it to Showtime. Over a year later, this "authorized" film came out in theaters, directed by Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. Despite the fact that the family gave their blessing to this film, it doesn't let them off the hook in discussing Houston's addiction, her fluid sexuality, or her tumultuous final years. Ex-husband Bobby Brown appears very briefly here, disappearing on screen after saying that he didn't want to talk at all about the couple's drug use. Ultimately, it's a remarkable look at an incredible talent gone too soon. (Hulu)