Now on demand: Toni Morrison's story in her own words
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
"Diamantino": If wild and crazy foreign films are your thing, don't miss the candy-colored fantasia of this wonderfully weird comedy from Portugal. Carloto Cotta stars as the title character, a not-so-bright soccer superstar who is usually a dependable star striker on his team. When he misses a crucial kick that costs his team a shot at moving on to the World Cup final, it destroys his career. He ends up taking in a refugee (who is actually an undercover agent investigating Diamantino for fraud) and things get even weirder from there. His own sisters are the ones mismanaging his life, but their clueless brother makes for an easy target. Some of the politics here might not make much sense to American viewers, but the frequent images of giant fluffy puppies taking over soccer fields as imagined by Diamantino are truly part of the universal language of joy. (Digital VOD)
"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am": Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders started as a portrait photographer and has spent the last 15 years crafting terrific documentaries (mostly for HBO) including "Thinking XXX" and "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now." Thankfully, he was able to sit down with iconic author Toni Morrison to tell her story before her recent death in August at age 88. In her own words, she is able to discuss her upbringing in rural Ohio to her early career as an editor and her eventual success with acclaimed novels like "Song of Solomon" and "The Bluest Eye." This compelling film also features friends and contemporaries like Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz and Oprah Winfrey (who adapted Morrison's 1987 award-winning book "Beloved" into a star vehicle for herself). (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
"Isn't It Romantic": In his third feature film, Todd Strauss-Schulson develops a ridiculous concept into solid fun. Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, an architect who absolutely hates romantic comedies and the way they can cause unrealistic expectations. She has a crush on her best friend and co-worker Josh (Adam DeVine) but is positive that he doesn't have the same feelings for her. After being knocked unconscious in an attempted mugging, everything in Natalie's life turns into a full-blown romantic comedy, including a love interest from a billionaire client (played by Liam Hemsworth). Wilson really shines despite taking on yet another character who manages several slapstick moments played for comic relief involving her weight. Even with slight reservations, the overall satire allows for plenty of laughs and is perfect for weekend afternoon viewing. (HBO Now)