The 2020 iteration of San Diego Comic-Con began this week, with all events and panels taking place virtually after the physical convention was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The big reveals so far are all the first scene of the long delay The new mutants, as well as a first look at the second season of Its dark materials and a renewal at the start of season 3 for the Amazon superhero show The boys.
The rest of the 2020 release schedule, however, remains in limbo. Some films initially planned for theatrical releases, such as Bill and Ted face the music, are now heading straight for VOD and open theaters, rather than waiting for multiplexes to be ready nationwide. Others, like Mulan, have been taken off the calendar entirely, although AMC theaters have announced a tentative reopening date in August.
As the schedule of major releases continues to transform, here are the new movies you can watch this week.
Where to watch it: Rent digitally, $ 5.99 on Amazon, $ 6.99 on Apple and Google Play
Dave Franco’s directorial debut centers on two couples (played by Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White) who rent a vacation home, but begin to suspect that the owner of the house is spying on them. In our opinion:
In cinema, voyeurism is only as interesting as the one who commits the act. […] Because voyeurism films are wrongly psychological, they often lead to rich character studies by asking why the antagonist or protagonist is spying on someone. Because of a paraphilia? Because of latent trauma? Or are they just curious? Location, the directorial debut of actor Dave Franco (Now you see me, The artist of disaster) sidesteps these questions to his own detriment while following two couples renting a lavish coastal home for the weekend. The dialogue-rich screenplay, written by Franco and Joe Swanberg (Netflix’s Easy), positions Location as a character drama rather than a prototypical thriller. As the story unfolds, it reveals simmering tensions between the couples, due to their respective secrets.
Where to watch it: Buy digitally, $ 3.99 on Amazon, $ 6.99 on Apple and Google Play
Romola Garai is also making her directorial debut this week with Amulet. The film, which Garai also wrote, stars Alec Secăreanu as a homeless ex-soldier who is offered housing by a young woman and her dying mother. The dilapidated house they inhabit, however, also appears to harbor an eerie supernatural force.
Friends of fishermen
Where to watch it: Buy digital, $ 3.99 on Google Play, $ 4.49 on Amazon, $ 4.99 on Apple
This romantic comedy tells a sort of fish-out-of-water story as Danny, a cynical music executive from a big city, falls in love with a prank that involves signing a group of fishermen singing about the slums . His attempt to bring them to stardom conflicts with their insistence on putting their community first and how little they care about fame, but ends up teaching him the importance of friendship and love. .
Where to watch it: Streaming sur Amazon Prime Video
Rosamund Pike stars as Marie Curie in this pioneering chemist’s biopic. The film, directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persépolis), is based on Lauren Redniss’ graphic novel, covers both Curie’s work and her personal life, from her discovery of polonium and radium to her relationship with her partner Pierre (Sam Riley) and colleague Paul Langevin (Aneurin Barnard).
New on Netflix this weekend
- The last dance, ESPN’s documentary series about Michael Jordan and his legendary career
- The comedy special Jack Whitehall: Just kidding
- A new season of Street food, this time traveling through Latin America
- Teenage romance The kissing booth 2
And here’s what fell last Friday:
Where to watch it: Rent digitally, $ 6.99 on Apple
Sunny night, based on Rebecca Dinerstein’s novel of the same name, stars Jenny Slate as Frances, an aspiring painter who leaves New York for Arctic Norway in search of new inspiration for her work. Her mission puts her in touch with a number of colorful locals, including her fellow New Yorker Yasha (Alex Sharp), who wants to offer her late father a real Viking burial. The only Vikings available, however, are a local re-enactor troop led by the leader (Zach Galifianakis), who traveled to Norway from Cincinnati.
Where to watch it: Rent for free on Apple, Amazon, Redbox On Demand; stream on Hulu
Spurred on by the conversations around Black Lives Matter and incarceration in America, independent distributor Neon has released their 2019 film as a free title on a number of digital services. In the film, Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Luke Cage) plays, to quote Neon’s synopsis, “a prison warden who is worn out by years of executions in the death row. As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the psychological and emotional demons created by her job, ultimately connecting her to the man she is authorized to kill.
The painted bird
Where to watch it: Buy digitally, $ 5.99 on Amazon, $ 6.99 on Apple and Google Play
Václav Marhoul’s new film caused walkouts during its screenings at film festivals in Venice, Toronto and London for its brutal content. The film, which is set during World War II, includes scenes of sexual assault, pedophilia, self-harm, bestiality and graphic violence, and has become a source of controversy for its extreme extreme. The story centers on a young boy wandering through an unspecified part of Eastern Europe, struggling to survive.
Where to watch it: Buy digitally, $ 4.99 on Amazon and Apple
Garrett Hedlund and Kelly Macdonald fall into forbidden affair in Dirt music, a romantic drama set in Australia. Macdonald plays Georgie, the home girlfriend of a drug mainstay (David Wenham) who feels frustrated and stifled in his current situation. When she meets a mysterious fisherman (Hedlund), she is immediately drawn to him, but they both have demons that they must overcome, as well as the issues that come with being unfaithful.
Enter the big dragon
Where to watch it: Rent digitally, $ 4.99 on Amazon, Apple and Google Play
Donnie Yen’s new film sees the action martial arts star don a jumpsuit to play Fallon Zhu, a police officer who becomes overweight after being assigned to the evidence room and struggling to deal with his emotions. His transfer chance comes in the form of a mission to Japan, where he becomes a crimebuster thanks to his martial arts prowess and the help of a translator.