Movies and Videos On Demand For The Week Of September 18, 2020

As we prepare for the opening of theaters and the return to normal life practices, we want to remind people that we are still within the thralls of a pandemic, and recommend people check out our article on ”If You Should Go Out” Here. Until then though, if you do go to a theater make sure it has a policy of requiring attendees to wear masks, and sit in isolated groups out of proximity of other viewers.

Alone – Releasing in Theaters and Streaming
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 100%

When Jessica, played by Jules Willcox, loses her husband, she leaves the city in hopes of finding some solace, and escape from her grief. However, Jessica’s escape is cut short when a mysterious man kidnaps her and locks her in a cabin. While she is able to break out, it just leads to her being hunted throughout the Pacific Northwest, as she tries to find freedom.

Stories of the stages of grief cut short to deal with horror or fight or flight conditions are actually an interesting trope in society. It reminds me of the Blacklist, when dealing with the loss of her husband, the main character goes through an almost exact scenario in which her defeat of the enemy is a guide to lead her out of her grief. It’s true though that a goal of survival can be a great way to temporarily make your way through a tragedy, I urge people going through similar things right now to always seek out professional help as well.

Antebellum – Releasing on Streaming
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 34%

Veronica Henley, played by Janelle Monáe, is a modern day author. However her world is turned upside down when she is kidnapped and wakes up to find herself a slave on a plantation in the 19th century. Now she has to find her way back to her time, while trying to save as many other slaves as possible.

This movie is being attacked in the media as being short sided when dealing with the issues of race and racism, which connects also to the lower score on Rotten Tomatoes. While the reviews are troubling, if you are looking for a mystery film to watch this week, there are not a lot of options.

Infidel – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

A man, played by Jim Caviezel, is in the wrong place at the wrong time is arrested on spying charges in Iran. As he struggles with the issues, his wife travels to the country to try to get him free, and the movie shows how determined she is to see justice.

Jim Caviezel was an interesting actor. From Jesus to action star. If you haven’t seen Person of Interest, I’d understand you not understanding seeing him as a spy. However seeing him in that role for I can completely understand how Iran thought he was a spy.

The Secrets We Keep – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

World War II is over, when a woman, played by Noomi Rapace, is trying to move past the horrors of her past with her husband, played by Chris Messina. However her world is turned upside down when the new neighbor, played by Joel Kinnaman, is a monster from her past. Seeking vengeance, she kidnaps the man, to get him to confess to the actions she believes that he took against her during the war.

One of the most compelling stories from American Horror Story’s Asylum was the tale about the doctor and his connections to the patient’s past, and the question if he actually was a Nazi guilty of such heinous crimes. This movie takes that concept and story I found so interesting and puts it into the forefront. If you are looking for a drama with notes of suspense, then this should be on your short list for the week.

Ten Minutes to Midnight – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

Amy Marlow, played by Caroline Williams, is a radio DJ who doesn’t know it, but is bring replaced by a younger female DJ. Her last night on air might have been bad enough, if a rabid bat hadn’t bit her earlier in the night. Now on top of her world falling down around her, she also has to deal with her world turning into a horror show.

If you are a fan of old school horror, like Dusk Til Dawn, and Evil Dead, then this film will check a lot of boxes for old school horror. This is just the need for those looking to get in the spirit of halloween, but can’t due to the pandemic.

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