As you’ll see below, there are an astonishing amount of new releases available this week. We are most excited about the title Beau Brummell, which is a Movies Unlimited exclusive and not available anywhere else! Along with that great title, there’s also recent Oscar nominees, cult classics, and so much more. So sit back, relax, and get ready to check out what titles you’ll be watching in the week ahead.
Beau Brummell (1954)(A Movies Unlimited Exclusive)
Lavish and colorful M-G-M costumer offers Stewart Granger in the title role as the style-setting and sardonic soldier of Regency England, whose hard-won position as confidante and friend to the Prince of Wales (Peter Ustinov) would founder over Brummell’s pursuit of a beautiful noblewoman (Elizabeth Taylor) and the prince’s designs to grasp power from his mentally failing father, George III (Robert Morley). Rosemary Harris, Noel Willman, James Donald also star.
In 2016, the position of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) at the conservative media outlet whose culture he shaped seemed unassailable. With the balking of evening anchor Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) at being made a foil for Donald Trump–and a sexual harassment suit lodged by dismissed morning host Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman)–echoed outrage within and without the network’s halls would force his exit. Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Connie Britton also star.
Uncut Gems (2019)
For ever-hustling NYC jeweler Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), the plates that he spins to maintain both business and gambling addiction are starting to drop. His Hail-Mary attempt to keep the legbreakers at bay–by procuring an Ethiopian opal for a big-profit turnaround–falls apart when a very unlikely customer, for a just as unlikely reason, chooses to relieve him of the gem. Flavorful and acclaimed crime comedy also stars LaKeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch, Julia Fox.
Spies in Disguise (2019)
Framed for treason, cocky super-agent Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) thought he’d help himself to top secret tech developed by nerdy armorer Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) in order to catch those who set him up. Unfortunately, Walter’s discovery turned him into a pigeon–and he now needs the lab rat’s help to stop the bad guys, clear his name…and make him human again! Animated adventure also features the voices of Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan.
Canyon Passage (1946)
The Oregon Territory of the 1850s is the setting for this western drama starring Dana Andrews as general store owner Logan Stuart, and Brian Donlevy as his best friend, gambler George Camrose. Can their friendship endure when Logan escorts George’s fiancée Lucy Overmire (Susan Hayward) to Jacksonville, Oregon, and the two begin to fall for one another? With Patricia Roc, Ward Bond, and Hoagy Carmichael, who also belts out a few tunes.
Night Passage (1957)
When Grant McLaine (James Stewart) is entrusted with taking the railroad’s payroll to the end of the line, he must face off against his fearsome train-robbing brother, “the Utica Kid” (Audie Murphy). Forced to choose between duty and family, can Grant bring his unlawful sibling to justice? Thrilling western yarn from the novel by Norman A. Fox co-stars Dan Duryea, Brandon De Wilde, Dianne Foster.
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
A new generation of lovely and lethal Townsend Agency operatives are taking names and kicking butt in the ‘70s series’ second cinema incarnation. When whistleblower Elena (Naomi Scott) learns her environmental device is being repurposed for murder, can Angels Sabina (Kristen Stewart), Jane (Ella Balinska), and next-era “Bosley” Rebekah (Elizabeth Banks, who directed and co-wrote) topple the conspiracy? Patrick Stewart, Sam Claflin, Djimon Hounsou, Nat Faxon co-star.
Why is that BUG so big? Did that BUG just set something on fire? Why are we writing BUG in all caps? Because when it’s a William Castle production, that’s how we roll! Or crawl! Produced and co-written by Castle, this unnerving shocker set in the California dustbowl follows scientist Bradford Dillman as he tries to stamp out a plague of huge, weird, arson-prone cockroaches birthed from an earthquake. With Joanna Miles, Patricia McCormack; directed by Jeannot Szwarc.
The Rare Breed (1966)
In this fine family western brimming with action, comedy, and romance, cowboy Sam Burnett (James Stewart) accompanies an heiress (Maureen O’Hara) and her daughter (Juliet Mills) on a journey across the frontier to deliver a prize bull. Hoping to assist the women in carrying out this final wish of their deceased husband and father, Sam becomes their guardian through dangerous territory even as he develops powerful feelings for the widow. With Brian Keith, Jack Elam, and Ben Johnson.
Waiting for Anya (2020)
In the French Pyrenees during the Occupation, young shepherd Jo Lalande (Noah Schnapp) had to maintain for the family with his father at war. When he befriends an eccentric widow (Anjelica Huston) and her Jewish son-in-law (Frederick Schmidt)–who’re working to smuggle Jewish children over the border into Spain–he may have to sacrifice all to aid them. Moving adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo kidlit staple co-stars Jean Reno, Thomas Krestchmann, Sadie Frost, Gilles Marini.
Little Joe (2019)
Corporate horticulturist and divorced mom Alice Woodard (Emily Beecham) made a breakthrough in developing the “Little Joe”–a flower that would vest anyone exposed to it with a sense of well-being. Breaking protocol to bring one home to its namesake, her teenage son (Kit Connor), she discovers to her mounting terror that her hypnotic creation could’ve stood a few more human trials. Disquieting tale from Europe also stars Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Lindsay Duncan, Sebastian Hülk.
True Love Blooms (2019)
Horticulture buff Vicky George (Sara Rue) gladly took up her late father’s spade and lovingly maintained her town’s community garden. Real estate developer Chace Devine (Jordan Bridges) thought the parcel could be put to better use for the populace. Will the war of wills lead to a meeting of the minds…and the opportunity for something unexpected to blossom? Engaging Hallmark effort co-stars Amy LoCicero, Ray Watters, Terry Alan Jones.
Sandy (Judy Geeson)–a member of an archeological crew working on a remote planet–is attacked and impregnated by an alien monster. As the mutant offspring grow inside her, Sandy develops a sudden craving for the taste of her co-workers’ blood. What ever happened to pickles and ice cream? Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Victoria Tennant, and Stephanie Beacham also star in this mix of “Alien” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” AKA: “Horror Planet.”
Man in the Shadow (1957)
The death of an immigrant laborer on the property of Texas rancher Virgil Renchler (Orson Welles) brings the wealthy and powerful landowner into conflict with newly appointed sheriff Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler), who is convinced Renchler and his henchmen were responsible for the killing, in this contemporary western drama. Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander, and James Gleason also star. AKA: “Pay the Devil.”
Salesman (Criterion Collection)(1969)
Groundbreaking cinéma vérité documentary follows four door-to-door Bible sellers–Paul “The Badger” Brennan, Charles “The Gipper” McDevitt, James “The Rabbit” Baker, and “Raymond “The Bull” Martos–on their rounds through New England, Florida, and at a Chicago sales convention. Focused primarily on veteran salesman Brennan, the film traces his hard-fought efforts to maintain sales while facing a sometimes unreceptive public. Co-directed by Albert and David Maysles.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
When ruthless albeit fading film producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) looks to mount a comeback project, backer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon) faces a dicey pitch with three needed collaborators–actress Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and scripter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell)–whom Shields had badly burned professionally and personally. Vincente Minnelli’s barbed look at the Golden Age of Hollywood also features Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland.
John Henry (2020)
A violent upbringing in South Central left John Henry (Terry Crews) swearing off gangs and guns, while his cousin Hell (Ludacris) embraced the thug life. The quiet life in the L.A. suburbs that John built for himself, though, ended when immigrant kids–fleeing Hell’s prostitution ring–fatefully hid in his house. Like his legendary namesake, John Henry took a sledgehammer in his hand…but it isn’t spikes he’ll be pounding. Intense actioner co-stars Ken Foree, Jamila Velazquez, Kimberly Hebert Gregory.
Based on the novels by Sherryl Woods, this Hallmark Channel drama series debuted in 2016. Successful career woman and divorced mother-of-two Abby O’Brien (Meghan Ory) returns to her small Maryland hometown of Chesapeake Shores for a visit that becomes permanent when she decides to stay. While reconnecting with her high school sweetheart (Jesse Metcalfe), Abby must also come to terms with her strained relationship with her father (Treat Williams) and the reappearance of her estranged mother (Barbara Niven). Diane Ladd co-stars. All six episodes from the fourth season are included in a two-disc set.
Engaging in a fighting retreat in the Japanese-occupied Philippines in 1941, American and Filipino forces are tasked with digging in to the hillside to prevent the enemy from rebuilding a vital bridge spanning across the Bataan Peninsula. Classic WWII thriller with breathtaking battle scenes stars Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman, Robert Walker and Desi Arnaz; directed by Tay Garnett.
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
A small, struggling Catholic college waged its future on shoring up the athletic program, and turned to fallen pro football coach Steve Williams (John Wayne) to turn the team’s fortunes around. Needing to win a custody fight for his little girl (Sherry Jackson) and charm his caseworker (Donna Reed), Williams took the job–but will flags fly when he starts packing his roster with ringers? Winning comedy-drama co-stars Charles Coburn, Marie Windsor, Tom Tully, Dabbs Greer; Michael Curtiz directs.
Ride the High Country (1962)
Hired to protect a substantial gold shipment through outlaw country, ex-sheriff Steve Judd (Joel McCrea) turns to old sharpshooter friend Gil Westrum (Randolph Scott) for backup. Unfortunately, Westrum and his young sidekick (Ron Starr) are looking for a fast payday…and the cargo just might be it. Sam Peckinpah’s excellent, elegiac vehicle for his veteran cowboy leads–and Scott’s screen farewell–also stars Edgar Buchanan, Warren Oates, James Drury, and Mariette Hartley (her film debut).
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
In 1870s New Mexico, troubled young drifter William Bonney (Paul Newman)–already notorious as Billy the Kid–found stability cowpunching for rancher John Tunstall (Colin Keith Johnston). After Tunstall’s murder by lawmen bought off by business rivals, Billy’s campaign of vengeance would enflame the territory, and spur a fateful pursuit from former friend Pat Garrett (John Dehner). Compelling consideration of the legendary outlaw’s life co-stars Hurd Hatfield, Lita Milan; Arthur Penn’s directing debut.