Candyman, Netflix’s Nightbooks, Cry Macho, and eight new films now you can watch

Candyman, Netflix’s Nightbooks, Cry Macho, and eight new films now you can watch

Only a few weeks after launch, Nia DaCosta’s Candyman has arrived on VOD. A direct sequel and religious follow-up to the 1992 horror film (additionally named) Candyman, DaCosta’s movie picks up 27 years after the unique and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) as a younger artist who unwittingly reawakens the murderous spirit and unleashes havoc and horror on his family members.

If you happen to’re not within the temper for horror, there are nonetheless tons of releases new to streaming and video on demand this weekend. We’ve bought the most recent outlandish Nicolas Cage-starring motion movie Prisoners of the Ghostland, Netflix’s new spine-tingling fantasy Nightbooks, Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho on HBO Max, Amazon’s musical All people’s Speaking About Jamie, and plenty extra.

That will help you get a deal with on what’s new and accessible, right here our information to the films you may watch on video on demand and streaming this weekend.


The place to observe: Accessible to lease $19.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Vudu

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DaCosta’s 2021 sequel to Candyman recontextualizes the unique movie in shocking (and critically divisive) methods, imagining the Candyman as much less a singular specter and extra of a generational trauma conjured by the sacrifice of black individuals victimized by systemic violence. Whereas the inventive ambitions of DaCosta’s movie are admirable, the movie itself would possibly go away one thing to be desired for some viewers. From our evaluation,

Like Anthony, DaCosta appears to wish to say one thing substantial along with her work. Her Candyman makes broad metaphorical strokes concerning the bigger city Black expertise, but it surely’s aimed toward an oblivious viewers that wants didactic storytelling to know racial politics. The movie’s finish is especially muddled, doing extra to arrange a sequel than to well bind collectively Candyman’s diversified, nascent themes. The movie is lacking out on a cohesive imaginative and prescient, to the purpose the place the viewers will spend all the movie ready for the flashbacks and summaries to finish, and for DaCosta’s film to lastly start. However by the top, she’s solely provided a visually beautiful homage to the unique movie. For a director of her expertise, that isn’t sufficient.

Prisoners of the Ghostland

The place to observe: Accessible to lease $6.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Vudu

Nicolas Cage and Tak Sakaguchi face off in Prisoners of the Ghostland

Photograph: Toshio Watanabe/ RLJE Movies

As anybody aware of Nicolas Cage’s work is aware of, there’s no such factor as “over-the-top” to the Oscar-winning actor. So in the case of Prisoners of the Ghostland, a neo-noir western motion film starring Cage as a legal mercenary named Hero despatched to a parallel dimension to rescue a warlord’s granddaughter, it’s actually simply par for the course for Cage at this level. There’s samurai, gore, and testicle-mounted explosives galore and it completely, unequivocally whips. From our evaluation,

Prisoners of the Ghostland is primed for the packed-house, few-drinks-in midnight-movie slot. Introduced within the less-than-ideal at-home venue, by nature of digital Sundance, it’s a pleasant love letter to action-movie extra. Like The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending or, extra actually, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Sono embraces cartoon nonsense logic so as to whisk Cage to every of the movie’s sudden mile markers. The Governor is American, so clearly he strolls out in all whites and a cowboy hat. The samurai warriors would possibly as effectively be RPG NPCs partaking in a sword battle set to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle.” A sequence depicting the accident that melted the countryside right into a decaying shade of its former self flips throughout the display screen just like the pages of a manga. A star who has perfected the mouth-agape, raised-eyebrow “Wut?” face is the glue that retains all of the items caught to the collage.


The place to observe: Accessible to stream on Netflix


Based mostly on J.A. White’s 2018 horror fantasy kids’s guide, David Yarovesky’s Nightbooks stars Winslow Fegley as Alex Mosher, a boy from Brooklyn whose expertise for telling scary tales attracts the eye of Natacha (Krysten Ritter), a strong witch who kidnaps younger Alex and imprisons him in her magical condo. Much like One Thousand and One Nights, Alex is pressured to inform a scary story to Natacha each evening … or face dire penalties. With no recourse, Alex should be a part of forces with Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), one other imprisoned baby so as to efficiently elude Natacha and discover a technique of escape. The trailer appears to be like sufficiently spooky and entertaining, as do Natacha’s many outlandish outfits (sizzling neon pink platform footwear!).

Cry Macho

The place to observe: In theaters and accessible to stream on HBO Max

Mike Milo (Clint Eastwood) sitting beside a campfire in Cry Macho.

Photograph: Warner Bros.

The 91-year-old award-winning actor-director Clint Eastwood exhibits no indicators of stopping in Cry Macho, his newest neo-Western drama primarily based on N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel of the identical identify. Starring as Mike Milo, an former Texas rodeo star employed by his former boss to journey to Mexico to carry again his errant child, Eastwood waxes melancholic concerning the futility of performative “macho-ness” and the bittersweet penalties of life’s selections within the movie’s trailer. Cry Macho was initially meant to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, earlier than Eastwood needed to step in in mild of an issue that elapsed throughout manufacturing.

All people’s Speaking About Jamie

The place to observe: Accessible to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Max Harwood in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Photograph: Amazon Studios

Tailored from Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s award-winning stage musical, director Jonathan Butterell’s coming-of-age musical All people’s Speaking About Jamie stars Max Harwood as a shy 16-year-old from a blue collar English city who desires of sooner or later turning into a drag queen. Taken underneath the wing by their mentor Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant), Jamie defies the ridicule of his father, classmates, and lecturers to aspire to his dream and in doing so encourage others to acknowledge and be their truest selves. The musical numbers look enjoyable and the cinematography courtesy of Christopher Ross (Cats) appears to be like full of life and ingenious. Will all people be speaking about All people’s Speaking About Jamie by the top of the weekend? Who is aware of, however by no means let or not it’s stated that I’d ever go away a great pun unwritten.

Greatest Sellers

The place to observe: Accessible to lease $6.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Vudu

Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine in Best Sellers

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Lina Roessler’s comedy-drama stars Aubrey Plaza as Lucy Stanbridge, the heir of a once-illustrious publishing home now floundering after a string of failed titles. Hungry for a greatest vendor, Lucy resort to Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a cantankerous alcoholic author nonetheless underneath contract for one final guide. After releasing his novel, Lucy and Harris embark on a promotional tour stuffed with mishaps, revelations, and loads of booze. Caine and Plaza make for an unlikely main duo at face, but it surely’s not laborious to think about the previous’s irascible allure paired with the latter’s deadpan model of humor might be an entertaining recipe for fulfillment.

The Nowhere Inn

The place to observe: In theaters and accessible to lease $6.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Vudu

St. Vincent staring into a mirror riddled with handwritten words in The Nowhere Inn.

Photograph: IFC Movies

Exit Via the Present Store meets This Is Spinal Faucet in The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary-turned-psychological thriller drama starring Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia). Stylized as a live performance documentary directed by a fictionalized model of Brownstein herself, The Nowhere Inn appears to be like like a weird, self-aware oddity centered acutely on the nature of efficiency and the disparity between the parable and actual lives of musicians.

And right here’s what dropped final Friday:


The place to observe: In theaters and accessible to stream on HBO Max

Protagonist Madison lies awake in fear as something rises behind her in the trailer for Malignant

Photograph: Warner Bros.

Halloween is correct across the nook, so what higher method to put together than with Noticed and Insidious director James Wan’s newest spooktacular psychological horror film a few girl (Annabelle Wallis) haunted by visions of ruthless real-life murders perpetrated by her imaginary good friend? The trailer for Malignant appears to be like completely unnerving, with areas melting away into nightmarish tableaus, fast deep-focus zoom photographs, a creepy contortionist our bodies crawling backwards into darkish cramped holes. Wan’s earlier work would recommend that we’re on the very least in for a stable horror flick, if not an outright franchise starter. The movie itself is perhaps a tad bit sillier than most audiences would anticipate, although. From our evaluation,

Malignant is amusing riot, each by design, and when it slows right down to be extra considerate. Its themes of household, abuse, and trauma hardly ever materialize into one thing significant. However at occasions, the movie locations bodily anguish on full show with a gonzo sensibility. There’s cartoonish wailing and thrashing, and CGI grotesqueries that resemble winking sensible creations. Wan makes a visible meal out of a number of scenes by sending his Steadicam zipping across the room. Perhaps a extra critical model of the movie existed sooner or later within the growth course of, however within the model that wound up on screens, Wan’s unabashed give attention to its sillier components is what makes it worthwhile.


The place to observe: Accessible on Netflix

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Miku Martineau in Kate

Photograph: Jasin Boland/Netflix

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s (The Huntsman: Winter’s Warfare) motion revenge thriller stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey) as Kate, a extremely expert murderer who embarks on a 24 hour manhunt to actual vengeance on the conspirators who poisoned her earlier than her personal premature demise. Produced by John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch and that includes cinematography courtesy of Lyle Vincent (A Woman Walks House Alone at Night time, Thoroughbreds), the movie appears to be like like a typical riff off of Leitch’s earlier work. At the very least it’s bought a scene of a slick neon pink-lit sports activities automotive peeling recklessly in-between oncoming visitors and a set piece inside a bizarrely monochromatic Japanese tea room. From our evaluation,

One other unimaginative woman-led motion flick written and directed by males who telegraph their twists and lean on flashbacks as a substitute of bothering to jot down character growth, Kate errors “Girls can kill simply in addition to males!” for some form of new thought. It isn’t — not for Netflix, instantly following Gunpowder Milkshake, and never for different studios, with The Protégé and Jolt piling up on one another’s stiletto-clad footsteps over the previous few months. The movie’s depiction of Japanese tradition as insularly obsessive about “honor” and dismissive of outsiders isn’t notably recent, both. And Western fetishization of the yakuza as businessmen with samurai swords is getting fairly uninspired as effectively.

Gunfight at Dry River

The place to observe: Accessible to lease $6.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple; $5.99 on Vudu

Joshua Dickinson as Alonzo Murrieta in Gunfight at Dry River

Photograph: Quiver Distribution

Gunfight at Dry River tells the story of the denizens of Dry River, a Mexican border city on the twilight of the Outdated West suffering from drought and preyed upon by vicious household of cutthroat American prospectors trying to strike gold. However when a mysterious stranger (Fabricio Christian Amansi) involves city trying to reclaim his father’s misplaced land, his arrival sparks of chain of occasions that culminates in an explosive confrontation of blood and gunfire. There’s fierce knife fights, tense shootouts, buried treasure, and ensemble solid made up of Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Ingredient), Michael Moriarty (Pale Rider), Ann Mitchell (Widows), Joshua Dickinson (Redcon-1), and extra.