New titles to Netflix include an obscure Roman Polanski documentary and a film starring the perpetually underrated David Morse.
“Weekend of a Champion” is a documentary produced by Roman Polanski about his friend, racing champion Jackie Stewart, during the Grand Prix in 1971. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1972, only to get a small theatrical release and then disappear until 2012, when the archive holding the negative contacted Polanski. It may not be a major addition to Polanski’s filmography, but it’s a welcome one.
Morse stars in “McCanick” as the eponymous narcotics officer, who spends the course of a day trying to track down a hustler who knows something about his past. The film’s reviews were were mainly negative, but Morse’s characteristically intense performance was praised, as was the final role by the late “Glee” star Cory Monteith, whose work as the hustler suggested a bright future that sadly never came to pass. The film hit Netflix Saturday.
Next up is “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” about conservative lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) travels with her kids (including Elizabeth Olsen) to visit her free-spirited mother (Jane Fonda) following Diane’s divorce. The film mostly drew shrugs upon its release, though Fonda and Keener’s work was well-liked. The film is available starting Tuesday.
Finally, also coming to Netflix on Tuesday is the Samuel L. Jackson thriller “The Samaritan,” also known as “Fury” (not to be confused with the Samuel L. Jackson thriller “Reasonable Doubt,” also known as “The Good Samaritan”). The film stars Jackson as an ex-con trying to escape his criminal past, only to be dragged back in by the son of a former associate (Luke Kirby).