In the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, keeping track of the latest DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K releases can feel like an uphill task. Whether you’re a devoted cinephile or a casual viewer looking for a cozy night in, this list of new releases has you covered. From stirring sports dramas and dystopian war tales to thrilling superhero adventures and chilling horror anthologies, the variety and depth of stories hitting the shelves today, May 23, 2023, promise something for every taste. Not to forget the poignant narratives exploring human resilience amidst adversity. So, sit back, pop some popcorn, and prepare to immerse yourself in these fresh-off-the-reel cinematic offerings available for your home viewing pleasure today.
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John Wick: Chapter 4: The fourth installment of the adrenaline-fueled action series, directed by Chad Stahelski, sees John Wick uncovering a path to defeating the High Table. As he strives for freedom, he faces a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe, transforming old friends into foes. JW4 just crossed the billion dollar mark worldwide and you really don’t want to miss it.
Broker: A profound narrative, written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The movie showcases two brokers who deal not in traditional goods, but in babies, acting on behalf of anonymous new mothers. This unconventional tale, contrary to initial impressions, is presented with empathy and humaneness. Catch it on Hulu.
The Innocent: A family drama riddled with suspense. Abel (Garrel), a widowed marine biologist, starts investigating his new stepfather, a convict his mother meets in prison. Assisted by his best friend Clémence (Noémie Merlant), he descends into a world of amateur sleuthing which results in an unexpected business proposition. The drama unfolds on The Criterion Channel.
Occidente: A creation of Brazilian artist and filmmaker Ana Vaz, is a film-poem that delves into the intersection of the natural world and human lives. The film navigates through a transatlantic voyage of Brazilian and Portuguese working classes, documented through diverse mediums. Witness this unique cinematic experience on Le Cinéma Club.
Creed III: Directed, produced by, and starring Michael B. Jordan, “Creed III” is the third film in the “Creed” series and the ninth in the “Rocky” series. The film follows Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, as he comes face-to-face with his childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian Anderson. Now a champion, Adonis is looking to settle down with his fiancée, Bianca, and start a family.
She Said: A meticulous procedural drama following two reporters as they expose Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s extensive history of sexual abuse and assault. A compelling watch available on Prime Video.
Three Thousand Years of Longing: From director George Miller, this movie showcases an unlikely pair: an introverted historian (played by Tilda Swinton) and a genie (Idris Elba). This is Miller’s first directorial venture since his acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015. Follow this intriguing story on Prime Video.
Victim/Suspect: This movie is a deep dive into the repercussions of the #MeToo movement, focusing on the troubling trend of discrediting women who report sexual assault. Through stories of multiple victims, the documentary reveals the complexities and biases in policing procedures that often let perpetrators walk free. While it could benefit from further refinement, Victim/Suspect incites its audience to scrutinize related headlines more critically. Directed by Nancy Schwartzman. Available for streaming on Netflix.
Missing: A gripping narrative about June (Storm Reid), who embarks on a search for her mother (Nia Long) after she disappears in Colombia. Despite being in Los Angeles and facing international complications, June uses technology to try to find her mother, only to stumble upon family secrets. While the film’s storytelling approach is somewhat gimmicky, the sheer inventiveness and high-paced energy make it a thrilling watch. Catch it on Netflix.
V/H/S/99: This is a scary footage anthology featuring five segments, dating back to the days of VHS home recordings.
A Thousand and One: The film portrays Inez, a woman struggling but living unapologetically on her terms, moving from shelter to shelter in mid-1990s New York City. With her 6-year-old son Terry in foster care, Inez must navigate her challenging circumstances.
The Quiet Girl: Set in rural Ireland in 1981, it follows nine-year-old Cait, who is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. In this house, where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers a painful truth.
The Worst Ones: This film is set in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer in northern France and captures a film within a film as it follows the production of a feature whose director turns to the local Cité Picasso housing project for casting.
Enys Men: This movie is about a woman alone on an island crossed by leylines and timelines, with only an ancient standing stone for company. She is haunted by echoes of both the past and the future.
Petite Maman (Criterion Collection): After her grandmother’s death, Nelly is taken to her mother’s childhood home. Nelly encounters Marion, a girl exactly her age and to whom she bears a striking resemblance. The girls’ eerie similarities yield revelations that merge events of the past with those of the present.