Stray cats of Istanbul are the stars in this documentary


Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from digital providers and a few titles that are have recently become available to stream.

Video on Demand

“Kedi”: The stray cats of Istanbul are the subject of this delightfully charming documentary by Ceyda Torun. Despite being subtitled, it grossed nearly $3 million at the box office in the U.S. and was acquired by YouTube Red as an exclusive title earlier this year. This isn’t surprising based on the extreme popularity of cat videos on the internet, but it is fun to watch a feature-length look at seemingly every citizen of an entire city under their spell. These animals easily manipulate the humans around them to get whatever they want and still remain independent. Torun offers a unique perspective on the connection between our domesticated house cats and their wild counterparts. “Kedi” was nominated for five Critics Choice Documentary Awards last month, and awards season should continue to earn accolades for this sublime film. (Digital VOD to rent, free streaming available with YouTube Red subscription)

Also on streaming services

“Let’s Play Two”: Pearl Jam fans will not want to miss this documentary from legendary photographer Danny Clinch that chronicles the band’s performances at Wrigley Field last year after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Lead singer Eddie Vedder grew up in the Chicago area and has been a diehard fan of the team since childhood. Tracks from the performances were recently released as a live album, and this is the companion film. It combines rehearsal footage and performances from both shows, including classic hits and a few covers for good measure. (Amazon Prime)

“The Lovers”: A story about infidelity is nothing new, but this one has a twist. Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are divine as a married couple suffering from empty nest syndrome. It’s not that they don’t love one another anymore, but their son heading off to college has left their daily lives without a rigid daily routine. They have each secretly taken up an affair and are independently trying to figure out the best way to tell the other person. It seems as though the story of their marriage is over, and neither one of them is particularly sad about that. Quite unexpectedly, a spark breaks through the strain. They rekindle some passion and then slowly begin to cheat on their lovers with each other, bringing it all back to square one. The dialogue is dry and witty, and both Winger and Letts rise the occasion. Can they really erase the pain and heartache built up from decades of being together? The fact that they are even willing to give it a shot says everything. (Amazon Prime)



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