Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.
Video on Demand
“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”: The hit British comedy made the leap to the big screen earlier this year, and it is sure to delight fans of the original series. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return as Edina and Patsy, and they’re just as outrageous as ever. With Edina’s PR company struggling, the duo decide to try and sign on supermodel Kate Moss as a publicity client. Even if that could have ever been possible, the chances are reduced significantly after Edina accidentally pushes Kate off a balcony at a fashion event and into the River Thames. Edina and Patsy go on the run to hide after being blamed for murder. It’s all absolutely over-the-top in the best possible and most totally ridiculous way. (Cable & digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“Boyhood”: Richard Linklater’s remarkably authentic coming-of-age story was nominated for six Academy Awards, with Patricia Arquette winning one for best supporting actress. A small portion of the film was completed each year from 2002-2013. This approach makes it possible for viewers to actually witness the evolution of 6-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from elementary school into graduation with the same actor. Filmed entirely in Texas, this is an incredibly special film that serves up slices of life in the ways that we experience (and tend to remember) them. Ethan Hawke and Linklater’s own daughter Lorelei also star. If you’ve somehow managed to not sit down with this one yet, now is your chance. (Netflix)
“DePalma”: Director Brian DePalma (“Carrie,” “Scarface”) sits down with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for this intimate look at his film career that is clearly inspired by the 1962 interviews between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. Now 75, he discusses his complete body of work, from student films through to 2012’s “Passion.” Instead of loading up with cast and crew members to praise him, this documentary is content to just listen to his own remembrances of each project and complement them with film clips. It’s probably not going to make anybody who wasn’t already a fan, but for film buffs, this is an intriguing study of a passionate auteur. (Amazon Prime)
“Eddie The Eagle”: Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) star in this inspirational true story of a young British man who dreamed of competing in the Olympics. Despite a rocky start, he works diligently to qualify for the ski jumping competition at the 1988 Winter Olympics, a sport that the country had not previously competed in for 60 years. Christopher Walken and Jim Broadbent round out the supporting cast. (HBO Now)