Catch it in theaters: 'Candyman'
The newest from director Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele's powerhouse Monkeypaw Productions, Candyman is the fourth edition in the franchise, picking up where the 1992 film of the same name left off. Set on the Near North Side of Chicago, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris as Anthony McCoy and Brianna Cartwright, a hip millennial couple who move into a fancy loft on the site of a former housing project—the demolished Cabrini-Green. When McCoy, a visual artist hungry for inspiration, hears about the horrifying local legend of the Candyman (played by Tony Todd, returning to his iconic '90s role), he begins to integrate the subject into his art—with disastrous results. Written by Academy members DaCosta and Peele along with Peele's Monkeypaw partner Win Rosenfeld, Candyman looks like another terrific and terrifying venture in the Get Out and Us vein—and a welcome shot in the arm for the Candyman franchise.
Stream it on Netflix: 'Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed'
Don't be scared off by the foreboding subtitle: This doc on beloved public television painter, teacher and personality Bob Ross won't make you love him any less; in fact you'll probably love him even more by the end of it. It was the profit-driven businesspeople around Ross, host of The Joy of Painting for over a decade until a year before his death in 1995, who allegedly betrayed his generous spirit. Despite the dark undercurrents, director Joshua Rofé—with Academy member Melissa McCarthy among the producers—sketches a tender and engaging portrait of an American original.
Catch it on Hulu
The backstory is pleasant enough: Two very different couples get to know each other on a Mexican holiday and end up having a blast. So far so good, right? What's the problem? Well, what happened in Mexico maybe should have stayed in Mexico, because when John Cena and Meredith Hagner—couple #1—decide to crash the stateside wedding of couple #2—Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji—they find they can't quite rekindle the friendship. But that doesn't mean they won't keep trying. Directed and co-written by Clay Tarver, showrunner on Silicon Valley, Vacation Friends has all the makings of some great buddy comedy entertainment.
On Amazon Prime and VOD: 'Paper Tiger'
Not to be confused with The Paper Tigers—the martial arts comedy from 2020—this one is the singular Paper Tiger, and it's a much darker affair from first-time feature director Paul Kowalski. Winner of Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival, the movie follows recently widowed immigrant mother Lily (Lydia Look) and her increasingly alienated high schooler son Edward (Alan Trong), whom she begins to suspect may be treading a very dangerous path. There's an increasing buzz around Kowalski—he's been noted on a number of up-and-coming young director lists—and Paper Tiger looks like an auspicious start to a very promising career.
Pick it up on Blu-ray: 'Overboard'
A cult classic, this rags-to-riches romantic comedy from legendary director Garry Marshall—starring Goldie Hawn as a filthy-rich amnesia patient who falls under the spell of conniving local carpenter Kurt Russell—is finally available on Blu-ray, in a clean-as-a-whistle 2K transfer. Extras include an interview with screenwriter Leslie Dixon, who also wrote the megahit Mrs. Doubtfire a few years later. If you missed it the first time around—Overboard underperformed at the time at the box office—now's your chance to dig in.