Spanning over 100 years of film history, the titles showcased in this week’s new releases features incredible movies anchored by compelling performances from Hollywood heavyweights. Take a look at what new releases are now available.
You Should Have Left (2020)
Stalled screenwriter Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) thought it would help both creative block and fraying marriage to younger actress Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) if they packed off with their little daughter Ella (Avery Essex) for a lovely modern rental home in rural Wales. What seemed like charming quirks of the property, though, start bending the laws of physics–and the bizarre events that follow imperil their sanity, and perhaps their lives, in this chilling Blumhouse take on the Daniel Kehlmann novel.
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
By the early 20th century, the swimming regimen she used to combat childhood polio had turned Australian teenager Annette Kellerman (Esther Williams) into a national champion. As she followed her music teacher father (Walter Pidgeon) to Britain, her gifts caught the eye of ever-hustling American James Sullivan (Victor Mature), who set out to make her a cultural sensation on two continents. Ideally tailored biographical vehicle for Williams co-stars David Brian, Jesse White, Maria Tallchief.
The Shakedown (1929)
Tomato-can pug Dave Roberts (James Murray) was resigned to his role amongst a gang of grifters traveling from town to town and putting on fixed matches. However, his latest stop brought him into the lives of a willful waitress (Barbara Kent) and an orphaned kid (Jack Hanlon) he took on as a promotional prop–and their belief in him might mean he’s taken his last dive. William Wyler’s long-thought-lost silent sports story co-stars Wheeler Oakman, George Kotsonaros.
Lots of bare-breasted beauties (including Jayne herself) populate this must-see “mondo” look at the legendary sex goddess. See Jayne and hubby Mickey Hargitay on location in Europe and visiting topless beaches and strip joints, tour their famed “Pink Palace,” and hear Jayne “from beyond” talking about her fatal auto accident. Includes racy clips from “Promises! Promises!” and “Primitive Love,” plus heart-pounding magazine photos.
The Outsider (2020)
When a young boy’s corpse was found in the woods, investigator Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) booked teacher Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) on the basis of DNA and eyewitness evidence. However, witnesses and video placed Maitland in another city at the time of the murder. Anderson’s pursuit of the truth, aided by psychic PI Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), winds down some uncanny alleys in this HBO miniseries based on the Stephen King novel. Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Julianne Nicholson co-star.
The Other Lamb (2019)
Young Selah (Raffey Cassidy) had spent her life in an isolated rural commune of women and girls presided over, and mesmerized by, the lone man they referred to as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman). As she matured, however, she began to be plagued by bizarre visions–and her subsequent questioning of the cult’s subservient existence leads to stunning confrontation. Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s visually striking English-language bow co-stars Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell.
All 22 episodes of the final season of the Hawaii Five-O reboot are included in this five-disc set.
An Accidental Studio (2019)
In the late ‘70s, after controversy scared off the original backers of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” former Beatle George Harrison mortgaged his home to step in…and started a production house that jump-started a moribund British film industry in the course of its decade-long heyday. This affectionate look back at the rise and fall of HandMade Films, offering observations from principals of “The Long Good Friday,” “Time Bandits,” “Mona Lisa,” “Withnail & I” and other signature efforts, is a must for film fans of the era.
Raggedy Man (1981)
Set against the backdrop of World War II, this provocative drama stars Sissy Spacek as Nita, a divorced mother of two boys working as a telephone operator in a sleepy Texas town. When a handsome sailor (Eric Roberts) arrives in her life, Nita begins a friendship with the mysterious stranger. But can their new familiarity survive the rumor-mongering of local residents? With Sam Shepard, William Sanderson.
Hannibal Brooks (1969)
In this comedic WWII adventure, Oliver Reed shines as Stephen “Hannibal” Brooks–a British prisoner of war who is forced by his German captors to work in a Munich zoo. After the facility is bombed by American forces, he is tasked with transporting an elephant to Innsbruck via train–hatching a clever escape plan along the way. With Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss.
Deadwater Fell: Season 1 (2019)
Stunning tragedy rocked a Scottish village one night when the home of local doctor Tom Kendrick (David Tennant) went up in flames…and while he was pulled out unconscious but alive, his wife (Anna Madeley) and three daughters weren’t as lucky. Matters worsened when investigations revealed that all five had been drugged–and proceeded to peel away at the community’s peaceful facade. Intense mystery from Daisy Coulam co-stars Cush Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Maureen Beattie.
From “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan comes this dark comedy-drama series that follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she’s sent to a federal women’s prison for transporting drug money 10 years earlier. Sentenced to 15 months, Piper struggles to adapt to life on the inside while doing her time alongside ex-girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon), the drug smuggler who got her put behind bars. With Michael J. Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, and Jason Biggs. All 13 episodes from the seventh season are featured in this four-disc set.
The River (1984)
For rural Tennessee couple Tom (Mel Gibson) and Mae Garvey (Sissy Spacek), the struggle to hold onto their family’s farm pits them against not just the forces of nature in the form of brutal floods, but government bureaucracy, the threat of bank foreclosure, and the hostility faced when Tom takes a scab job at a local steel mill. Mark Rydell’s powerful drama also stars Scott Glenn, James Tolkan.
Graveyard Shift (1990)
From the chillingly prolific pen of Stephen King comes this terrifying tale about a small town where several employees at a recently reopened textile mill have mysteriously died…all during the overnight shift. And when a new hire is sent into the building’s basement to deal with a rat infestation, he discovers an underground labyrinth that is home to a giant monster that just might be to blame for the mill’s gruesome turnover rate. David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, and Brad Dourif star.
Thirteen Ghosts (Collector’s Edition)(2001)
Special-effects-filled remake of William Castle’s 1960 shocker stars Tony Shalhoub as Arthur Kriticos, a widower who, along with his children (Shannon Elizabeth and Alex Roberts), inherits an elaborate, translucent mansion from a sinister uncle (F. Murray Abraham). Little do they know that uncy had planned to unleash a group of angry ghosts, who are only visible to Arthur, his family, and other house visitors through special glasses. Matthew Lillard, Embeth Davidtz, and Rah Digga also star.
His labors like “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” and “Avatar” have helped to define the genre, and this documentary series from AMC finds writer/director James Cameron reflecting on the evolution of science fiction’s depiction in films and TV, as he shares perspectives with storied peers including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan, as well as iconic performers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana.
The Tenant (1976)
Unassuming Eastern European émigré Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski, who directed and co-wrote) was glad to have found a vacant Paris apartment…even if the prior resident tried to leap to her death from it. Between the strange preoccupation he develops with the woman and the increasingly bizarre behavior of his new neighbors, his grip on his sanity grows tenuous–with shattering results once it’s lost. Moody psycho-chiller also stars Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters, Jo Van Fleet.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
The first feature adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel also incorporated elements of the author’s “The Mysterious Island” to deliver an astounding silent adventure. An American naval crew sent to investigate reports of a sea monster have a fateful encounter with the obsessed Captain Nemo (Allen Holubar) and his fantastic submarine, the Nautilus. Amazing underwater footage and color-tinted sequences are a highlight; Dan Hanlon, Edna Pendleton co-star.
Comics’ amazing Amazon came to life–in the statuesque form of Lynda Carter–in this popular adventure series which aired on ABC, then CBS, from 1976 to 1979. Originally set during World War II, the show followed the star-spangled superheroine as she left her Paradise Island home to battle for “the old red, white and blue.” Lyle Waggoner co-starred as her love interest, army major Steve Trevor, and a young Debra Winger played her teenage sister Drusilla, alias Wonder Girl. This 10-disc set includes all 59 episodes of the series.