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Audiences missed out on 'The Kid Who Would Be King'

Matt Shiverdecker Special to the American-Statesman
Beyonce in a scene from her documentary "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé," available on Netflix now. [Contributed by Parkwood Entertainment/Netflix via AP]

Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming.

Video on Demand

"The Kid Who Would Be King": It took 8 years for Joe Cornish to follow up his phenomenal debut feature "Attack the Block," and, quite surprisingly, he chose to make his second experience behind the camera a family film. The paltry box office numbers around the globe indicate that people really weren't super excited about another take on the tale of King Arthur, but audiences missed out on an endlessly fun fantasy with some solid life lessons. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of motion-capture actor Andy Serkis) is having a hard time fitting in at school. Along with his best friend, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), they are frequently targeted by bullies Lance (Tom Taylor, "The Dark Tower") and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris). After getting chased into an abandoned building site, Alex finds a medieval sword in a cement block that he is able to remove, but this sets off a terrifying chain of events after he discovers it is actually Excalibur and he has woken up King Arthur's Underworld sister Morgana, who wants that sword's power for herself. Alex decides to align himself with the very bullies who have terrorized him in order to save Britain from pure evil. The entire movie is stolen by Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart, who both appear throughout as the wizard Merlin, in his younger and older form, to help the kids on their quest to defeat Morgana before an upcoming solar eclipse that could allow her to return to the surface and wreak havoc on humanity. Filled with messages about the power of teamwork, standing up to bullies and staying courageous in the face of danger, this is likely to become a new favorite in your household if you have kids from the ages of 7-12. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)

Also on streaming services

"Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé": When Beyoncé became the first African American woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last Spring, she pulled out all the stops. Performing over two weekends with the legacy and traditions of historically black colleges and universities as her inspiration, this documentary captures the intensive rehearsal process (that began a few months after having an emergency cesarean section and giving birth to twins) and features the entire concert performance, which includes her sister Solange and the other former members of Destiny's Child for a brief reunion medley. Using a wide variety of visuals including beautiful footage shot on 16mm film, this is a stunning portrait of an artist at the top of her game. (Netflix)