Movies and Videos On Demand For The Week Of August 21, 2020

As we prepare for the opening of theaters and the return to normal life practices, we want to remind people that we are still within the thralls of a pandemic, and recommend people check out our article on ”If You Should Go Out” Here. Until then though, if you do go to a theater make sure it has a policy of requiring attendees to wear masks, and sit in isolated groups out of proximity of other viewers.

Cut Throat City – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 56%

Four friends, played by Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, and Keean Johnson, return after the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with no home, no job, and the support system that was supposed to help them rebuild, FEMA, abandoned them. Their only solution to pulling themselves out of the rubble is to work with a gangster to perform a heist. When things go south, the friends have more than just the police looking for them.

If you are looking for a good heist movie then RZA’s drama/action film will fill the need. Fair warning though, if you were affected by the horrible travesty of Hurricane Katrina and the recovery efforts that were abused to benefit the corporations that used eminent domain and gentrification to profit with the help of FEMA, then this movie may trigger you. That being said, who doesn’t love a heist film though?!

Tesla – Releasing in Theaters and Streaming
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 74%

Nikola Tesla, played by Ethan Hawke, had plenty of revolutionary ideas for an electrical system. However, the greedy Thomas Edison, played by Kyle MacLachlan, does not like the ideas that counter his in the field. Focusing on the latter part of his life the film shows how Tesla was a much a prisoner to his intellect, even more than to the greed of Thomas Edison.

I love the story of Nikola Tesla, and while I love his portrayal by David Bowie in the Prestige, it lacks the stories of his later life, where he became unsettled and quite mad. This sounds like a more realistic presentation of him. Additionally any chance to make Edison look like the monster he really was, the better.

Unhinged – Releasing in Theaters and Streaming
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 50%

Rachel, played by Caren Pistorius, is late to work, trying to get her son to school when she cuts off another driver. The car she cuts off is a truck driven by a nefarious figure, played by Russell Crowe. What happens next, is the event makes the villain unhinged, (Roll Credits), and decides he wants to teach Rachel a lesson, hunting and harassing her to the brink of her sanity.

Road rage is a constant thing that we either see or worry about as maniacs cut people off across the USA. We’ve seen racists more in modern time throwing and yelling from their cars in modern times, but it’s a serious problem. Russell Crowe does a terrifyingly impressive impersonation of that mentality, which makes me wonder how much of it is an act, but I jest. Looking for a horror-esc thriller, then this is it!

Words On Bathroom Walls – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

Adam, played by Charlie Plummer, dreams of being a chef but didn’t make it through high school due to his mental illness. He is sent to a Catholic school to finish high school but plans change when he meets Maya, played by Taylor Russell, and she helps him accept who he is, and accept his condition as a part of him, and not in spite of it.

If you are looking for a romantic film this week, this is here for you. The story doesn’t abuse or make little of the pains and enduring life of people suffering from mental issues. If this matter is close to your heart, then this film will connect with you on a deeper level then it will for others.

You Can Not Kill David Arquette – Releasing in Theaters and Streaming the following week
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

Following the story of David Arquette who was one of the most hated men within the WCW. This film picks up as he attempts to regain his reputation within the field of professional wrestling.

If you saw Ready to Rumble, you’d probably understand why the wrestling world hates David Arquette. However, in recent years he has entered into the world of wrestling in earnest and has had his reputation in the industry strengthened, and even loved. So you can watch his journey with this film/documentary.

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