What's new to VOD and streaming this weekend

Bacurau, Hope Gap and Ladj Ly's Oscar-nominated knockout Les Misérables are among the choices

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      By Norman Wilner

      Available now

      Beyond Moving

      Documentary directed by Vikram Dasgupta

      Hot Docs At Home

      Capital In The Twenty-First Century

      Documentary directed by Justin Pemberton

      Hot Docs At Home

      Free Lunch Society

      Documentary directed by Christian Tod (read NOW’s review)

      Virtual Paradise Theatre

      How To Build A Girl 

      Beanie Feldstein, Emma Thompson, Jameela Jamil; directed by Coky Giedroyc

      iTunes, Google Play

      Hope Gap

      Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor; directed by William Nicholson (read the Straight’s review)

      iTunes,Google Play

      Kedi

      Documentary directed by Cedya Torun (read the Straight’s review)

      Virtual Paradise Theatre

      Spaceship Earth

      Documentary directed by Matt Wolf

      iTunesGoogle Play

      The Traitor 

      Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Luigi Lo Cascio; directed by Marco Bellocchio (read the Straight's review)

      iTunesGoogle Play

      Vitalina Varela

      Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida; directed by Pedro Costa

      Virtual Paradise Theatre

      Available May 12

      Bacurau

      Sônia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen; directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

      Read NOW’s review

      iTunes pre-order, Google Play wishlist

      Capone

      Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon; directed by Josh Trank

      iTunes pre-order 

      Les Misérables

      Issa Perica, Al-Hassan Ly, Alexis Manenti; directed by Ladj Ly (read the Straight’s review)

      iTunes pre-order, Google Play wishlist

      Porno

      David Arrow, Evan Daves, Blake French; directed by Keola Racela

      iTunes pre-order 

      Red Rover

      Kristian Bruun, Cara Gee, Meghan Heffern; directed by Shane Belcourt

      iTunes pre-order 

      Valley Girl 

      Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Judy Greer; directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg

      iTunes pre-order, Google Play wishlist

      Walkaway Joe

      Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Strathairn, Julie Ann Emery; directed by Tom Wright

      iTunes pre-order, Google Play wishlist

      Watch the trailer for The Great Escape.

      Disc recommendation of the week

      The Great Escape

      (Criterion, Blu-ray and DVD, available May 12)

      I promise this section of the column isn’t going to turn into a Criterion-of-the-week recommendation, but this long-awaited release of John Sturges’s 1963 WWII adventure is absolutely ideal pandemic viewing: not only is it a rousing story of people relying on one another to endure the darkest of times, but the POW camp is an effective metaphor for our own quarantined existence. (Am I stretching? Absolutely. But this is where we are, folks.)

      Still, take it on its own terms and The Great Escape is one of the sharpest, smartest studio films of the '60s, with a crackling script, brilliantly orchestrated set pieces and the pure pleasure of watching Steve McQueen become a movie star right before your eyes. (For the uninitiated, McQueen’s was the role Rick Dalton fantasized about landing in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.)

      Criterion’s special edition supplements a new 4K restoration of the film with a mixture of extras from MGM’s existing discs and an audio commentary with director Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein rescued from the 1991 Criterion laser disc. But really, the movie itself is the star, offering three hours of blissful escape from your own reality. Take it.

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