VOD Report: Classic Dumb Comedies Are the Only Foolproof Choice on VOD This Week
Opportunistic Backlist Revival Theme of the Week: “April Foolishness”
“April Fools” is the (very) loose peg for this very random collection of silly, dirty, or otherwise outrageous comedies, including Wayne’s World, The Birdcage, Baby Mama, Old School, both Bill & Ted movies, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, The Hangover, Billy Madison, Date Night, Best in Show, Dodgeball, Austin Powers, and one of my favorites, Zoolander.
New and Notable
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter
If you thought the franchise had nowhere to go after getting Betty White for the original: This one stars Yancy Butler and Elisabeth Röhm!
A wimpy high school teacher victimized by one of his students teams up with yet another student in order to exact revenge.
Daniel Craig narrates this BBC Films documentary featuring impossibly beautiful scenes of nature.
William Forsythe and Michael Madsen are two men standing between civilization and a zombie apocalypse.
The Perfect Human Diet
I’m going to guess the experts interviewed for this documentary about what we should be eating would not recommend any of the road trip food I had this week. (It’s OK, Sonic. I regret nothing!)
Common plays hooky with his preteen nephew, but the day doesn’t turn out quite the way either one would have expected.
Aspiring forensic investigators have to prove their mettle on a creeeeeeepy island full of corpses.
Good news for Jason Mewes fans! (Just the one fan, probably.) He made another movie, and this is it.
Charlie: A Toy Story
A kid, a dog, no Buzz Lightyear or Woody.
“In Theaters” VOD Picks
Welcome to the Punch
Ridley Scott produced this British crime story featuring James McAvoy as a cop and Mark Strong as a gangster pushed to take dangerous risks after his son is hospitalized.
The Story of Luke
Lou Taylor Pucci plays the title character, a sheltered young person with autism who’s trying to enter mainstream society for the first time.
Weird Indie of the Week
I can’t really improve upon the keywords in its YouTube title: “Clown Horror Comedy.”
Early VOD Premiere of the Week
Venus and Serena
The famous tennis-playing Williams sisters are the subjects of this documentary.
Aaron Eckhart plays a former CIA agent getting “burned” in a surprisingly elaborate way.
Tomorrow You’re Gone
E-cigarette enthusiast Stephen Dorff gets out of prison, but remains in metaphoric chains as the guy who saved his life in the joint (Willem Dafoe) makes him commit one last murder.
Someone’s son’s been kidnapped and is being held in a secret government facility, but will these hard-bitten mercenaries be able to recover him?! Warning: Here be monsters.