A mind-bendingly original and terrifying horror thriller, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” follows an African-American photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who reluctantly agrees to meet the parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).
As soon as Chris arrives at their isolated estate, he’s weirded out not only by the way he’s treated by Williams’ family but also by the black members of their staff (Marcus Henderson, a scene-stealing Betty Gabriel).
Unsettling? You bet. But it’s also surprisingly funny and thought-provoking with a pay-off that’s as good as the set-up. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
Also New to VOD and Streaming
War Machine: Netfix’s highest profile movie to date is a pitch-black comedy starring Brad Pitt as charismatic four-star U.S. general Glenn McMahon who experiences a roller-coaster rise and fall. Once deemed untouchable, the cocky McMahon is brought down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. The best-selling “Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of American’s War in Afghanistan,” which profiled the highly unpredictable General Stanley McChrystal, provides the source material for this much-anticipated satire about the modern war machine. On Netflix.
The Keepers: Fans of “The Making of a Murderer” will not want to miss this new true-crime series which delves into the unsolved 1969 cold-case murder of a Baltimore nun. The show makes a strong argument on behalf of the theory that the slaying of 26-year-old school teacher Sister Cathy Cesnick was part of a conspiracy involving the alleged rapes of students by priests at the all-girls Archbishop Keough High School . According to director Ryan White, whose aunt was one of Cesnick’s students, potential perpetrators and potential suspects will be put under the microscope in the seven-part series. On Netflix.
A Street Cat Named Bob: This based-on-a-true-story saga centers on recovering addict and street musician James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) whose life takes a turn for the better after he adopts a stray ginger tabby named Bob (played by seven kitties, including the real Bob.) It could have gone wrong in a thousand different ways but director Roger Spottiswoode keeps the tale from turning gooey. It helps that Bob is such a scene-stealer, whether chasing a mouse, perching on Treadaway’s guitar or knocking down the Christmas tree of the movie’s chief villain. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
The Greasy Strangler: Movies don’t come any more bizarre than this one-of-a-kind father/son saga that whips together elements of gross-out comedy and low-budget horror. Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and his son Brayden (Sky Elobar) run a disco walking tour in Los Angeles when they stumble upon a woman (Elizabeth De Razzo) who catches their eye. Brayden begins dating her first, which incenses Ronnie who tries to win her over. But betrayal is the least of Ronnie’s sins. He also dips himself in lard before murdering folks who annoy him. Creepy, violent and occasionally funny, “The Greasy Strangler” aims to unsettle you and, boy, does it succeed on that count. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
Counting For Thunder: Perhaps if “Other People” starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon hadn’t come out first, this nearly-identical movie about a gay man (writer/director Phillip Irwin Cooper) coming to terms with his sexuality as he returns home to help care for his cancer-stricken mother (Mariette Hartley) would be more moving. Cooper’s heart is certainly in the right place as he attempts to craft a sincere celebration of family, with Hartley, in particular, given ample opportunity to shine. But Cooper is far from a gripping leading man and his romance with a hunky house-flipper (Peter Stebbings) never goes anywhere interesting. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
Joshua - Teenager Vs. Superpower: The winner of the Audience Award at Sundance, this documentary chronicles how a teenager risked his own future for a greater good. Joshua Wong took to the streets in his native Hong Kong to protest China’s decision to go back on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong after the territory was handed back to the Chinese government in 1997. In the process of protesting, Wong quickly became a powerful advocate for democracy. Variety handed the film a rave, noting that director Joe Piscatella has “shaped the kind of exciting, you-are-there narrative that captures the feeling of underdog ‘naïve’ idealism transforming into a game-changing popular movement.” On Netflix.
Vixen: The Movie: DC’s latest animated gem centers on Mari McCabe (voiced by Magalyn Echikunwake), a young woman who grew up in Africa and learned to control her family’s Anansi Totem. Now she can access the powers of animals, from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights to protect the world from the same kind of threats which claimed the lives of her family members. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
For The Kids
Max 2 - White House Hero: The sequel to the surprise success “Max” finds the heroic pooch returning to action to serve on the President’s Secret Service detail. With help from first son TJ (Zane Austin) and the daughter (Francesca Capaldi) of a foreign leader, Max uncovers a dangerous plot that puts both kids and their respective nations in jeopardy. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu
DC Superhero Girls, Intergalactic Games: Here’s a feature-length animated film which finds Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl attempting to uncover what’s going on behind the scenes of a competition between Korugar Academy and the Female Furies. It turns that one of the teams has a very sinister motive for joining the competition. Let the games and cartoon fun begin. On Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu