For some, it’s about time to get back to the movies—popcorn, previews, and all. Others might still prefer the view from their couch. This week, we’ve got everyone covered. For a throwback, Inception has landed on Amazon Prime just in time for its 10th anniversary (and that’ll help tide us over until Tenet).
Here are some new titles on deck this week.
Week of August 17, 2020
The One and Only Ivan
This Mike White-scripted, Thea Sharrock-directed adaptation was inspired by the true story of a gorilla who lived in a shopping mall for nearly 27 years. Ivan lives alongside a host of other animals—including an elephant, a stray dog, a quirky chicken, and a seal—and, when a new baby elephant shows up, he begins to yearn for home. The movie stars Sam Rockwell as the titular gorilla, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Bryan Cranston, and more. It begins streaming on Disney+ August 21.
Read our interview with director Thea Sharrock here.
In this coming-of-age drama, Henry (played by Austin Abrams) is a 17-year-old hopeless romantic who’s never been in love. On the first day of senior year, he falls for a mysterious transfer student named Grace (played by Lili Reinhart, who also executive produces). Their relationship leads them on a path of self-discovery. Chemical Hearts starts streaming on Amazon Prime August 21.
In Derrick Borte’s new thriller, Russell Crowe is, well, unhinged. After a confrontation with a woman stuck in traffic while taking her son to school, he unleashes his violent road-rage on her. Be prepared for some brutal moments. The film opens in theaters—not VOD or streaming—August 21.
Producer Mark Gill recently opened up to A.frame about why he wanted Unhinged to be the first film back in theaters. Read our interview here.
The Crimes That Bind
Following his 2019 Netflix Original “The Son,” director Sebastián Schindel brings us the story of Alicia (played by Cecilia Roth), a matriarch who finds herself confronted with two murder trials that collide. This Argentine melodrama starts streaming on Netflix August 19.
Ethan Hawke is Nikola Tesla and Kyle MacLachlan is Thomas Edison in this “anti-biopic” by Michael Almereyda. The film follows the iconic inventor’s grand pursuits—and his rivalry with Edison—against artistic backdrops. Released by IFC Films, Tesla is available in theaters and on VOD starting August 21.