This week’s latest releases on video on demand include a love story starring Issa Rae (from HBO’s “Insecure”), a horror story starring Katie Holmes (and a malevolent doll), plus an acclaimed indie starring Julia Garner from Netflix’s “Ozark.” As well, for the streaming platforms, be sure to check out the new Netflix, Chris Hemsworth action flick “Extraction” and the very excellent Apple TV+ documentary “Beastie Boys Story.” Here’s more on the VOD releases:
Brahms: The Boy II
In this stand-alone sequel to the 2016 horror gem, Katie Holmes and family movie into a countryside manor where they hope to achieve some peace and quiet after a traumatizing event for their young son. All is not well, though, after the boy discovers that his recently acquired, life-like doll Brahms turns out to actually have life…and dark intentions, too.
Brahms: The Boy II
Horror / 2020 / PG-13
LaKeith Stanfield is a man of the moment, appearing chameleon-like in a variety of roles in recent years including the horror-thriller “Get Out,” the social comedy “Sorry to Bother You,” the whodunit “Knives Out,” and the tenser-than-tense drama “Uncut Gems.” In this love story, he co-stars as a journalist who becomes involved with the daughter (Issa Rae) of a famous photographer who’s just passed away. Investigating the artist’s early life leads to a deeper connection between the two of them.
Drama / 2020 / PG-13
This critically praised indie (currently 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) features Julia Garner as a recent college grad who lands a job at a production company as an assistant to a powerful film executive. However, the position turns out to be a less than ideal gig, and she’s quickly subjected to constant abuse and harassment. In the face of her oppressors, she decides to take a stand.
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