New streaming movies are coming to keep you and your family entertained for social distancing time.
This Newly Struck Valentine’s Day Weekend Golden Globe and Guild of Film Actors candidate Daniel Kaluuya runs a Vintage thriller from the 60s on Fred Hampton, president of the Illinois Black Panther Party; Netflix’s third “To all the boys I’ve loved before” the film closes the trilogy for young adults; pop singer Sia approaches autism and brotherhood through a musical lens; Nicolas Cage proves once again that he is a national treasure by taking on deadly animal robots; and the “Bridesmaids” screenwriters Kristen wiig and Annie Mumolo go on a crazy vacation in a new comedy.
If you fancy going back to the movies in person and there’s a drive-in or it’s safe enough to go back to your local movie theater, there are quite a few new offerings. Awards season contender Steven Yeun directs acclaimed Korean family drama “Minari, ” Robin wright plays the role of a woman who retires to cabin life in her directorial debut “Land”, Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston star in the vintage lesbian romance “The World to Come”, and Benedict Cumberbatch teams up with Jodie Foster for the legal drama “Le Mauritanien”.
But if you’d rather stay closer to home, here’s a look at the new movies on streaming and on-demand platforms this weekend, to suit all cinematic tastes:
If you want to see Daniel Kaluuya own the screen: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
From âGet Outâ to âBlack Panther,â Kaluuya is always a magnetic presence in a movie, nothing more than Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s tense period drama. In the late 1960s, a young Chicago criminal (Lakeith Stanfield) is brought in by the FBI and turned into an informant to spy on Hampton from the inside, as the charismatic leader Black Panther forms a rainbow coalition and is a major threat to J Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen).
Where to watch: HBO Max
If you are dying to know what happens to Lara Jean and Peter: “To all the boys: always and forever”
The popular series based on Jenny Han’s young adult books ends with a chapter that finds lovebirds Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) in their senior year, figuring out college plans, to overcome relationship obstacles and to go to the ball. Everything is quite predictable and loving, although props to give Peter more history and not start another love triangle.
Where to watch: Netflix
If you are ready to redo the time loop: “The map of perfect little things”
While it’s not as smart as âPalm Springsâ or âGroundhog Dayâ (the GOAT of time-looped movies), the romantic comedy is carving out a certain charming niche in the teenage space. Mark (Kyle Allen) is an artistic dude who spends his endless days helping people when he meets Margaret (Kathryn Newton). Unlike him, she doesn’t want to leave their shared loop, but they end up bonding as they try to find every perfect little moment that’s going on in their town.
Where to watch: Amazon prime
If you need to see one of the films most related to Nicolas Cage: “Willy’s Wonderland”
The cage is silent and violent in this wonderfully absurd, gory horror action comedy that will speak to anyone who has suffered from a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. Cage’s character is a quiet wanderer stuck in a small town when his tires burst, and to pay the mechanic’s fees, he has to spend a night cleaning out a closed family restaurant – home to a team of psychopathic and possessed animatronic mascots. Let’s face it, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen an Oscar winner rip the spine of a 6ft tall googly eyed ostrich.
If you want to be disappointed with a pop star: “Music”
What might have been a cheerful look into the inner world of a teenage girl on the autism spectrum is more of an addict drama with absurd musical sequences and therefore, so many poor creative decisions in Sia’s disastrous debut (which defied logic to snag a nod to the Golden Globe). At the top of that list is the neurotypical Maddie Ziegler portrayed as the mostly non-verbal music, who is in the care of her self-centered drug trafficker sister, Zu (Kate Hudson). Hey, at least the songs are pretty good.
If you miss a sunny vacation: ‘Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar’
The buddy comedy starts off as a bad “Saturday Night Live” sketch: Unemployed and very talkative Star (Wiig) and Barb (Mumolo), the besties of Nebraska decide to take a vacation to Florida. Their adventure gets absolutely bizarre from there, with a super wicked plotline involving killer mosquitoes, several musical sequences (including the very raunchy song “I Love Boobies”), a hot guy (Jamie Dornan) biting aged women. medium, a talking crab, a useful water spirit and a super trippy tropical cocktail.
If you are an accomplice of Allison Janney: “Breaking News in Yuba County”
Directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), the sad dark comedy stars Janney as an unrecognized suburban woman who catches her sleazy husband (Matthew Modine) cheating, and he dies of a heart attack. She buries the body and proclaims that it is missing so that she has 15 minutes of fame in a silly tale with far too many players, including Mila Kunis as her sister reporter on local television, Regina Hall as the cop and Awkwafina as a gangster.
If you are wondering what Harry Connick Jr. did: “Fear of Rain”
A teenage girl from Florida named Rain (Madison Iseman) has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and although her parents (Connick and Katherine Heigl) are doing their best to help her, she is one step away from being institutionalized. Rain is plagued by visions of things and people that are not there, and suspects his neighbor of having kidnapped a missing girl. While the psychological thriller telegraphs its twists pretty loudly, it has enough tension and mystery to be watchable.