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
“American Made”: Doug Liman and Tom Cruise follow their 2014 collaboration “Edge Of Tomorrow” with another raucous action movie. Based on a true story, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a man who started out as a pilot for TWA and ended up simultaneously running weapons for the CIA and smuggling drugs for Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s. The film, despite the unbelievable real events, does exaggerate and, in some cases, flat-out fabricate portions of Seal’s story for dramatic effect. Whether he crash-landed a plane on a residential street or achieved zero-gravity lovemaking in the cockpit while flying doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. Liman delivers a genuine thrill ride that is truly fun to watch. (Cable and digital VOD, 4K Ultra HD available on iTunes and FandangoNow)
Also on streaming services
“808”: After spending the past year as an Apple Music exclusive online, this remarkable documentary from Alexander Dunn breaks down the history of the 808 drum machine and explains the accidental way it changed music forever. Dunn sits down with some of the most influential people in music history to look at all the different music genres that utilized the programmable beats of the 808. Contemporary artists like Diplo and Pharrell are on hand along with Ad-Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Questlove, Rick Rubin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Afrika Bambaataa are also among those interviewed. For music lovers, this is a fascinating journey through the last 30-plus years of musical history that deserves to be heard on the loudest speakers possible. (Amazon Prime)
“David Bowie: The Last Five Years”: Originally aired on BBC Two last fall, this intimate documentary follows Bowie after nearly a decade of staying out of the limelight to release what would be his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar.” The film also looks at the musical “Lazarus,” which was inspired by Bowie’s character in Nicolas Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” (HBO Now)
“Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait”: Brooklyn-born Schnabel spent his formative years living in Brownsville. He graduated from the University of Houston and went on to study at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This documentary from Pappi Corsicato looks at Schnabel’s rise as an artist in the Neo-Expressionism movement and also examines his transition into filmmaker (where he directed movies like “Basquiat,” “Before Night Falls,” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which was nominated for four Academy Awards). (Hulu)