'Stuber' a surprisingly good buddy action comedy
Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
"Stuber": Comedian Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick") is Stu, a nerdy guy who works retail and tries to earn extra money on the side by driving for Uber. Absurdly obsessed with maintaining a five-star rating on the app, he is always willing to go the distance to keep his riders happy. Enter Vic (Dave Bautista), an LAPD detective who is equally obsessed with bringing down a drug kingpin who murdered his patrol partner, fresh from getting Lasik surgery to improve his vision. Even though he is healing from the procedure, Vic gets word of a big drug deal going down and can't trust anybody else. He more or less hijacks Stu's vehicle, threatening to leave him a bad review unless he drives him all over town on his quest to get revenge. Does this all sound completely ridiculous? Yeah, it definitely is. The premise is stretched quite thin, but as buddy action movies go, it's actually way better than it has any right to be. The chemistry between the two leads is excellent, and Bautista has that same charm that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has that propels him through comedic material. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available)
Also on streaming services
"One Cut of the Dead": An audience favorite from Fantastic Fest 2018, this horror-comedy was a massive hit at home in Japan, where it earned over a thousand times its budget at the box office. It follows a demanding director who is on set making a low-budget zombie film when the area is invaded by actual zombies. He can't help but take advantage of this and continues to shoot, to the detriment of his actors. Wildly funny and perfectly gross, this is a solid choice for your Halloween viewing. (Shudder)
"They Shall Not Grow Old": For his first documentary feature, Peter Jackson partnered with the BBC and the Imperial War Museums from England. They invited him into their archives and gave him the freedom to use any materials he wanted to make a film. He took hundreds of hours' worth of audio from BBC interviews and over 100 hours' worth of unseen black and white film footage from World War I and restored it in order to craft a remarkable historical record. For the film itself, Jackson marries excerpts from the audio interviews with the war images, now colorized and cleaned up to look as good as possible (in theaters it was also presented in 3D). Earning a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is difficult but rewarding viewing. (HBO Now)