This week is packed with new releases, so there’s something for everybody. Check it all out below. As far as new Blu-ray releases, we’re eyeing Jean Renoir’s 1935 film Toni and a four-film set of ’50s horror films from the Universal archives.
Week of August 24, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Death of Stalin) directs Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, and Tilda Swinton in this Dickensian tale of grit and perseverance—with a quirky twist. The film is set in mid-19th century England and recounts the life of David Copperfield, played by Patel. This Searchlight release is available in theaters starting August 28.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Directed by Dean Parisot, this is the third and last installment in the Bill & Ted trilogy. Twenty-nine years since their first excellent adventure, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back as two would-be rockstars who have to write a song to save the universe. No pressure. They find a way to time-travel and steal the already-finished song from their future selves. Bill & Ted Face the Music is available in theaters and on VOD starting August 28.
The idea for Isabel Sandoval’s immigration drama began during her own gender transition. It deals with issues of privacy, trust, and connection as an undocumented Filipino transgender woman named Olivia tries to secure legal residency while working as a caregiver in Brighton Beach. The film—part of the 2019 Venice International Film Festival Venice Days program—was bought by Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing and will premiere on Netflix August 26, as well as in select theaters.
The New Mutants
The latest addition to the X-Men series was originally set to premiere in April 2018. Then February 2019, August 2019, March 2020, and here we are. Marvel fanatics can now rejoice as The New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, opens in theaters August 28. The film follows five young mutants as they try to escape a secret facility where they discover their superhuman abilities.
It’s 2032 and all drugs and alcohol have been banned (so says Morgan Freeman via voiceover). So what if, for just one day, it was all legal? This is the silly premise behind The Binge, a comedic take on The Purge, directed by Jeremy Garelick and starring Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden, and Vince Vaughn as the grownup in the room. The kids learn what kegs and mushrooms are for the first time. Lean into the absurdity and it might just be the teen comedy you’re looking for this weekend. The movie begins streaming on Hulu August 28.