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While most movie theatres are closed for the foreseeable future, and there aren't any new releases in the theatres that are open, here are some movies you can watch at home:

The following are this week's new releases available on digital platforms:

The King of Staten Island (2020) R

The King of Staten Island
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The King of Staten Island - Official Trailer by Universal Pictures on YouTube

Scott (Pete Davidson) spends his days getting high and watching cartoons, all the while dreaming of becoming a tattoo artist. His world was destroyed when his firefighter dad died, saving a family from a burning building. Now Scott's world is rocked again when his mom (Marisa Tomei) begins dating Ray (Bill Burr), a firefighter himself, and Scott's mom thinks it's time for Scott to grow up.     The King of Staten Island Website    

What to Watch For: The film is directed and co-written by Judd Apatow, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and This is 40 (2012).

Word on the Street: Pete Davidson's real-life father was a fight fighter who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

My Take: I am a big fan of Marisa Tomei and can't wait to see this film.


Artemis Fowl (2020) PG 

Artemis Fowl
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Disney's Artemis Fowl | Official Trailer by Walt Disney Studios on YouTube

Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw) is a 12-year-old who comes from a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis is on a mission to find his father (Colin Farrell), who has mysteriously disappeared. Artemis is about to discover that the world is full of surprises, including elves, dwarves, and fairies.    Artemis Fowl Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the Artemis Fowl book series by Eoin Colfer.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by five-time Oscar-nominated Kenneth Branagh.

My Take: The cast includes Josh Gad and Judi Dench.


Da 5 Bloods (2020) R

Da 5 Bloods
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Da 5 Bloods | Official Trailer | Netflix by Netflix on YouTube

Four former African-American soldiers (Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the gold fortune that they left behind.    Da Five Bloods Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in Thailand and Vietnam.

My Take: The trailer for this film is fantastic looking.


You Don't Nomi (2019)

You Don't Nomi
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Documentary on one of the legendary flops of all time, 1995 film Showgirls.    

What to Watch For: The film has become somewhat of a cult classic in the past few years, inspiring books and musical revues.

Word on the Street: The film uses behind the scenes footage of Showgirls being shot.  Please note there is quite a bit of nudity in this documentary.

My Take: I have Showgirls on my Bottom Fifty Worst Films of All Time list.


Arkansas (2020) R

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ARKANSAS Trailer (2020) by FilmSelect on YouTube

Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) are low-level drug runners based in the South working for a man they have never met named Frog. The boys start pushing the boundaries of their job, and when a deal goes wrong, Frog is out for revenge.    Arkansas Info

What to Watch For: The film's cast includes Vince Vaughn, John Malkovich, Vivica A. Fox, and Chandler Duke.

Word on the Street: The film is directed and co-written by Clark Duke, known for his roles in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and The Office.

My Take: I'll see anything that John Malkovich is in.


Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018)

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl
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Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl - Documentary Trailer by BBC Three on YouTube

Kate Nash, at age 18, rockets to fame, becoming an Internet sensation and then gets a big recording contract. However life doesn't always happen the way you think it does, and in this documentary is shows the struggle that Kate goes through when her label drops her and her luck goes from bad to worse.     Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl Facebook Page

What to Watch For: For people that don't know Kate Nash's music, you may know her from the hit TV show GLOW, where she plays Rhonda Richardson, the British book nerd wrestler.

Word on the Street: The film shows Nash using Kickstarter to fund her fourth studio album Yesterday was Forever.

My Take: I am a big fan of the TV show GLOW, so  I will be seeing this documentary.


The Departure (2020)

The Departure
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Nate (Grant Gunderson) and his girlfriend, Jessica (Kendall Chappell), are about to move in together when Nate gets a job promotion that he can't turn down. It means that Nate has to move from LA to New York City and leave his girlfriend behind. The problem is Nate thinks that Jessica might cheat on him, and he sends his friend John (Austin Lauer) in to try to seduce Jessica.     The Departure Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on writer/director Merland Hoxha's short 2017 film of the same name.

Word on the Street: Actor Jon Briddell, who plays Jessica's coworker, is best known for his role in the TV series Doom Patrol as Darren Jones.

My Take: I find the premise of this film really interesting.


Here are my reviews of movies just released on DVD/BluRay:

The Hunt (2020) R   

The Hunt
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Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing and don't have any idea where they are or how they got there. They are about to find out why they have been chosen, chosen for 'The Hunt.' I can't say too much about this film because, right from the start, this wacky and fun gorefest breaks a lot of rules in creating an inventive storyline that I really enjoyed. If you have seen the commercials or the trailer, you may think you know what this film is about, but I am telling you that you are probably wrong. I can tell you that Betty Gilpin, who has shown some spark in the TV series GLOW, is brilliant as a woman who decides that she is going to take charge and survive. My only regret about the film is I wish they had played up the comedy (think absurd plot lines) a bit more. Still, I had such a good time watching this film, that I told one of the critics after the screening, that I wanted it to be longer so I could enjoy the crazy world the film created.    My Rating: Full Price

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