Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services.
Video on Demand
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”: You may not be aware that the “Wonder Woman” comic was born out of the mind of a feminist professor in a polyamorous relationship who had a fondness for bondage, although if you really think about the golden lasso it all starts to make sense. William Marston (played by Luke Evans) and his wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), were both teaching and developing research to create the very first functional lie detector at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges back in 1928 when they took on a graduate student named Olive (Bella Heathcote) to assist them with their work. Elizabeth was concerned about her husband falling in love with Olive, but she was not counting on Olive falling in love with her. The three of them began living together and having children and were not super discreet about their relationship. William’s development of the now-beloved comic book led to it being filled with imagery and dialogue of a sadomasochistic nature with not-so-subtle lesbian themes, things that were eventually removed from the comic after his death. Director Angela Robinson gives us a fascinating look at comic history and an unconventional family who weren’t afraid of letting love conquer all. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“Good Time”: This gritty crime drama from filmmaking duo Ben and Josh Safdie stars former teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who is virtually unrecognizable as a petty thief trying to get his disabled brother (co-director Benny Safdie) out of jail. The film feels like it was lifted straight out of a 1970s time capsule, from a time when major American studios were not afraid to take risks and release challenging fare. That task currently falls to distributor A24, who somehow managed to get this one onto more than 700 theater screens last summer and find an audience for a movie about some pretty unlikeable characters. This unforgettable thrill ride is backed by an electrifying score from Oneohtrix Point Never. (Amazon Prime)
“Logan Lucky”: Harkening back to his “Ocean’s” trilogy, the latest feature from Steven Soderbergh is a laugh-out-loud comic caper with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig. It involves the attempted robbery of the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a big NASCAR race and the complications that occur from such a heist. Dwight Yoakum nearly steals the whole show as a prison warden, and you can tell the entire cast is having a blast. A welcome return from a director who keeps floating in and out of retirement. (Amazon Prime)