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
Synopsis: Terror strikes when a boy discovers a doll that appears to be eerily human.
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
Synopsis: When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother's early life -- an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.
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.
Drama / 2019 / R
Synopsis: Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, just landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant -- making coffee, ordering lunch, arranging travel accommodations and taking phone messages. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, an accumulation of degradations against which she decides to take a stand.