Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return as time-traveling best friends who have to write a song to unite the world in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music.’
Most indoor theaters are still closed, but new streaming movies are coming to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times.
This weekend, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves‘ time-traveling, air-guitaring dudes return for a new adventure, “Moana” star Auli‘i Cravalho headlines a tear-jerking Netflix drama, “The Purge” gets spoofed in a teen comedy, Phineas and Ferb star in their own movie, and a couple of entertainment documentaries tackle a dangerous amusement park and David Arquette’s passion for wrestling.
If that’s not enough to get you online and watching movies, two virtual film festivals focusing on diverse voices finish up on Sunday: the American Black Film Festival (weekend panels feature the Peacock film “Black Boys” and Hulu comedy series “Woke”) and the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival.
New ‘Bill & Ted’: Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves tackle middle age in ‘Face the Music’
‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’: The documentary’s star sets out to redeem his reputation
Here’s a rundown of new movies hitting streaming and on-demand platforms this week, for every cinematic taste:
If you’re down for a most excellent blast from the past: ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
The third installment recaptures the same goofy fun as 1989’s “Excellent Adventure,” with the now-middle-aged Bill and Ted careening through time and meeting their (sometimes bogus) future selves and saving the universe with the help of musical-genius daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving).
If you need a good cry: ‘All Together Now’
Cravalho stars as a talented high-school kid with a golden voice but no home, secretly living on a school bus with her mom. Tragedy strikes again and again for the kid, and she has to learn to lean on her friends for help. The drama is plenty predictable, but you’ll still need some tissues by the end.
Where to watch:Netflix
If you’re yearning for Vince Vaughn’s return to broad comedy: ‘The Binge’
The fresh, “Purge”-twisting conceit imagines a future where drugs and alcohol are outlawed except for one night a year, and a trio of teen boys (Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden and Eduardo Franco) run into all sorts of crazy obstacles in partying hearty. One highlight is Vaughn, revisiting his funnier days (i.e. “Old School”) as a concerned high-school principal.
Where to watch:Hulu
If you’re seeking a film for the whole family: ‘Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe’
The Disney Channel show about two stepbrothers and their inventive antics gets a super-fun, musical movie that centers on long-suffering big sister Candace (voiced by Ashley Tisdale), who gets taken to space by a mysterious alien (Ali Wong) and her bros have to get a posse together to save her. Come for the high jinks, stay for a clever Tiffany Haddish cameo.
Where to watch:Disney+
If you enjoy ’90s nostalgia and body slams: ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette’
One of the wildest (and best) documentaries of the year follows Arquette’s journey to squared-circle respectability in a community that sort of hates him when he decides to train to be a pro wrestler. It’s a transformative story full of bumps and nasty bruises, though the actor’s likability and infectious laugh keep you invested and rooting for this Hollywood underdog.
If you were a latchkey kid in the ’80s: ‘Class Action Park’
It’s all fun and games until you find teeth in the Cannonball Loop. New Jersey’s Action Park, full of potentially and actually deadly thrill rides, was not exactly Disney World-safe in the 1970s and ’80s, and the hilarious/horrifying doc runs down the infamous history of a place that also became a sense of pride for a generation of youngsters to survive.
Where to watch:HBO Max
If you’re up for a good LGBTQ tale: ‘Lingua Franca’
Writer/director Isabel Sandoval also stars in this timely and intriguing drama as an undocumented Filipina trans woman in New York trying to marry a man to get her green card. She falls for the grandson (Eamon Farren) of the elderly woman she cares for in a narrative that balances issues of immigration and transgender representation.
Where to watch:Netflix
If you’re wondering what Bruce Willis has been up to: ‘Hard Kill’
Remember when Willis being in an action film meant it was actually good? This dull failure isn’t it, casting the “Die Hard” star as a billionaire tech mogul who hires a security expert (Jesse Metcalfe) to protect some high-end tech and rescue the big guy’s daughter from a terrorist known as “The Pardoner.” Hans Gruber he is not.
If quirky European horror comedies are your jam: ‘Get Duked!’
Eddie Izzard dons a weird mask and hunts some teenage boys in the Scottish Highlands in this film that wears its Edgar Wright influence on its sleeve. Still, it’s a plenty silly and gory hoot – with a clever reveal – as a motley crew of kids on a camping trip bond over not being killed by a couple of sinister old people.
Where to watch:Amazon
If you never want to drive in the snow again: ‘Centigrade’
In the chilly survival horror flick, a married couple (Genesis Rodriguez and Vincent Piazza) traveling in Norway wake up in their vehicle and find they’re trapped in ice after a blizzard. Oh, did we mention she’s pregnant? The film turns into an explosive relationship drama, too, as their situation gets way, way worse before it gets better.
If you’re a fan of killer lions and/or Megan Fox: ‘Rogue’
The action thriller stars Fox as the leader of a group of mercenaries who mount a rescue operation in Africa and run afoul of some bad guys, but what they really have to watch out for is a ticked-off, man-eating lion. There are some hackneyed animal-rights messaging, plus bad CGI for the big cat, though a few kills are enjoyable in a B-movie way.
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