Steve Carell leads intriguing cast in 'Welcome to Marwen'
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.
Video on Demand
"Welcome To Marwen": Steve Carell leads an intriguing cast that also includes Leslie Mann ("This Is 40") and R&B singer Janelle Monae in this Robert Zemeckis drama about the life of Mark Hogancamp. His life was previously the subject of an acclaimed documentary called "Marwencol" (which you can also currently stream on Kanopy), and both films look at how a destructive physical attack put him in a coma and changed his life forever. Mark's therapy became the creation of a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard using constructed models and dolls. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"The Perfect Date": Over the last year, Noah Centineo has become the go-to guy for streaming teenage romantic comedies. His heartthrob status was secured when he played Peter Kavinsky in "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" (a role that earned him a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award), and then he quickly followed it up with the less successful but still fun "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser." He's back in this young adult novel adaptation as Brooks, a harmlessly ambitious guy living with his single father on the wrong side of the tracks. After accepting an offer to get paid to take a cantankerous rich girl named Celia (Laura Marano) to a school dance, he enlists the help of his gay best friend Murph (Odiseas Georgiadis) to set him up with an app called the Stand-In. Yes, indeed, they create an app that essentially turns him into a male escort, but, as you might expect, it's a very PG-13 version of what that might entail. Despite meeting his dream girl Shelby ("Riverdale" star Camila Mendes) during this process, he keeps getting drawn back to Celia. You would have to be in a coma to not know what happens next, but for its target audience, this is another home run for Centineo. (Netflix)
"Thriller": In his debut feature, Dallas Jackson transports the slasher genre into the inner city in this new Blumhouse release. A group of high school friends in South Central Los Angeles getting ready for Homecoming weekend are terrified when a cruel prank from their youth comes back to haunt them. Literally. Jackson isn't reinventing the genre here (in fact, the story wears its influences like "Halloween" and "Prom Night" directly on its sleeve), but he provides a talented young cast and some genuine scares to make this a fun watch. Wu-Tang Clan member and film fanatic RZA provides the film's beat-driven score and also stars as the school principal. (Netflix)