In this week’s movie news: No Time to Die and Dune have been delayed (again). But before you throw up your hands, take a look at these five titles that are getting us through the weekend.
Week of October 5, 2021
The 40-Year-Old Version
Written, directed, and produced by Radha Blank, The 40-Year-Old Version tells the story of Radha (yes, played by Blank), a New York playwright on the cusp of 40, searching for her breakthrough moment. That's when she reinvents herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime; along the way, she discovers her voice. The film—which earned Blank the U.S Dramatic Competition Directing Award at Sundance—begins streaming on Netflix October 9.
Charm City Kings
With his second feature, director Angel Manuel Soto brings us a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s dirt bike scene. Mouse (played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston) wants nothing more than to join the Midnight Clique, a group of riders that his older brother was a part of before his death. When the Clique’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes him under his wing, Mouse pays a high price for the chance to ride. This adaptation of the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys (which even features some of the real riders) debuts on HBO Max October 8.
See also: Director Angel Manuel Soto reflects on his Puerto Rican roots and why the world of Charm City Kings felt a lot like his own.
Pierrot le Fou
Not exactly new, but this 1965 French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard has been newly released on Blu-ray thanks to the Criterion Collection. Dissatisfied with his life and marriage, Ferdinand (played by Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes off with the babysitter (and his former girlfriend, played by Anna Karina) on a wild cross-country odyssey. The Blu-ray features a new 2K digital restoration, past interviews with Godard, Karina, and Belmondo, and more.
Garrett Bradley’s debut documentary feature—which premiered at Sundance and earned him the Best Directing prize—dives into the issue of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex through the unique lens of a love story (between Fox Rich and Rob) interrupted by a 60-year prison sentence. The film opens in select theaters October 9 and comes to Prime Video October 16.
Save Yourselves! reminds us of that time Jared Leto returned from a retreat to discover that the coronavirus had taken hold—or when the German cast of Big Brother learned about the pandemic weeks later on live TV. But add in extra-terrestrials. In Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson’s debut feature, a Brooklyn couple heads to a remote cabin to unplug. They return to find an alien invasion has taken place. This post-apocalyptic comedy premiered at Sundance (we’re starting to notice a trend here) and was released in select theaters last week. It comes to VOD October 6.
See also: If you really want to escape, check out our list of 11 movies set in a dystopian future