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New Movies: Release Calendar for May 7, Plus Where to Watch the Latest Films

As theaters begin showing signs of life and streaming and VOD options stay hefty, IndieWire is here to guide you through all of your new viewing options each week.

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Staying home? Good. Looking for something new to watch while you do it? Even better! As the world continues shifts to accommodate a wide range of in-home viewing options for movie lovers, it’s not just platforms that are expanding, it’s the very type of films they host. There’s more than ever to sift through, and IndieWire is here to help you do just that.

This week’s new releases include streaming originals, fresh VOD offerings, festival favorites, and new studio releases now available in the comfort of your own home, plus a variety of exciting virtual cinema picks. Browse your options below.

Week of May 3 – May 9

New Films in Theaters

As new movies open in theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, IndieWire will continue to review them whenever possible. We encourage readers to follow the safety precautions provided by CDC and health authorities. Additionally, our coverage will provide alternative viewing options whenever they are available.

“Here Today” (directed by Billy Crystal)
Distributor: Sony
Where to Find It: Theaters

“Here Today” is the kind of movie that people don’t really make anymore, and by the time it’s over, there’s a good chance that even the most old-fashioned audiences will have made their peace with that. Billy Crystal’s first directorial outing in the 20 years since “61*” debuted on HBO is a downbeat but heartwarming dramedy about the unusual friendship that forms between a widowed Jewish writer (Crystal) and the newly single Black woman whose ex-boyfriend was his biggest fan (Tiffany Haddish). It’s not quite as retrograde as it might sound from its logline, or as flimsy as it might look from the American Typewriter font used for its opening credits. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Mainstream” (directed by Gia Coppola)
Distributor: IFC Films
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD and digital platforms

You have to hand it to Andrew Garfield. Not everyone has the talent and the no-holds-barred commitment to create one of the most obnoxious characters in cinema history, but Garfield is up to the task in “Mainstream,” a vapid social-media satire co-written and directed by Gia Coppola. Garfield, also one of the film’s producers, throws all of his loose-limbed “Amazing Spider-Man” physicality and “Under the Silver Lake” slacker slobbiness into the role of Link, a preening, pseudo-poetic stoner philosopher who could be the grotesque lovechild of Val Kilmer’s Jim Morrison in “The Doors” and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker in “Joker.” Read IndieWire’s full review.

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“The Paper Tigers” (directed by Tran Quoc Bao)
Distributor: Well Go USA
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD and digital platforms

The first thing you should know about Tran Quoc Bao’s “The Paper Tigers” is that his low-budget kung fu comedy — the heartfelt tale of three arthritic middle-aged Seattle men reuniting to avenge the murdered sifu who mentored them as teenagers — is often just as winning and delightful as you would hope from its premise. Unfolding like a silly-sweet cross between a Shaw Brothers classic and the kind of dad movie that USA Network might air between golf tournaments on a Saturday afternoon (“Wild Hogs” would seem an obvious point of reference, but this is a positive review), Tran’s debut feature delivers a ton of charm for a kung fu throwback, and kicks a lot of ass for a broad comedy about some old guys relearning how to honor each other and fight for themselves. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“The Unthinkable” (directed by Victor Danell)
Distributor: Dread
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

In this fast-paced adventure from Swedish director Victor Danell (credited as his collective, Crazy Pictures), an unsuspecting public contends with toxic rain that renders its victims into puddles of dementia who slam their cars into epic pileups as a mystery international threat invades from the skies. Like Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room,” the movie oscillates from stark survival drama to outright war movie and back again, speeding through taut, claustrophobic shootouts and exploding helicopters even as it shoehorns the spectacle into a somber look at one broken family. If “The Unthinkable” juggles a few too many ingredients to make the unpredictable balance gel, it’s nevertheless fascinating to watch Danell give it a shot. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Wrath of Man” (directed by Guy Ritchie)
Distributor: United Artists
Where to Find It: Theaters

The weirdest thing about Guy Ritchie’s “Wrath of Man” isn’t that his new meathead heist movie tries to combine the tricksy plotting of “Snatch” (which he made) with the ice-cold steeliness of “Heat” (which he most definitely did not), or that the entire story hinges on the protagonist buying two burritos from the wrong food truck. It’s not that one of the major action set pieces is set to an industrial dubstep remix of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” nor even the undeniable fact that it kind of works. No, the weirdest thing about “Wrath of Man” is that one of the leads is named Bullet, but it’s not the one played by Jason Statham — the most bullet-shaped actor in the history of movies. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“Above Suspicion” (directed by Phillip Noyce)
Distributor: Lionsgate
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD and digital platforms

“Benny Loves You” (directed by Karl Holt)
Distributor: Dread
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus on demand on May 11

“Duty Free” (directed by Sian-Pierre Regis)
Distributor: IFC Films
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus choose your local cinema through the film’s virtual cinema page

“Fatima” (directed by Marco Pontecorvo)
Where to Find It: AMC Theaters

“Initiation” (directed by John Berardo)
Distributor: Saban Films
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD and digital platforms

“Paper Spiders” (directed by Inon Shampanier)
Distributor: Entertainment Squad
Where to Find It: Theaters

“Silo” (directed by Marshall Burnette)
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus choose your local cinema through the film’s virtual cinema page

“State Funeral” (directed by Sergei Loznitsa)
Distributor: Film Forum
Where to Find It: Film Forum only

“The Water Man” (directed by David Oyelowo)
Distributor: RLJE Films
Where to Find It: Theaters

New Films on VOD and Streaming

“The Boy from Medellin” (directed by Matthew Heineman)
Distributor: Amazon
Where to Find It: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

An intimate, open-hearted, and occasionally insightful profile of a mega-successful musician who’s forced to untangle his responsibility as an artist and as a Colombian in the tumultuous week before the biggest concert of his life, “The Boy from Medellín” introduces reggaeton superstar J Balvin (aka José Álvaro Osorio Balvín) as a 35-year-old who still has some growing up to do, but knows that he wants to show the world a different side of the country he loves. Read IndieWire’s full review.

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“The Columnist” (directed by Ivo van Aart)
Distributor: Film Movement
Where to Find It: On various VOD and digital platforms, plus choose your local cinema through the film’s virtual cinema page

A month before Emerald Fennell’s eventual Best Picture nominee “Promising Young Woman” debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, a tonal twin bowed in its native Netherlands, as Ivo van Aart’s brittle and occasionally brutal “The Columnist” first arrived in its homeland in December of 2019. Two years (and one Oscar for Fennell) later, van Aart’s festival favorite is finally available for wider consumption, and while it will likely inspire all sorts of comparisons, its ambitious blend of horror and comedy, set inside hyper-contemporary concerns, makes it a stellar companion for Fennell’s film. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Monster” (directed by Anthony Mandler)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

Anthony Mandler’s “Monster” has burnt through the bulk of its running time before the first-time filmmaker opts to finally do away with any subtleties. The messy drama has already played fast and loose with time and perspective, shifting between bleak courtroom-set scenes and more emotive flashbacks that explain how budding teenage filmmaker Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has ended up on trial as an accessory to armed robbery and murder. Finally, however, it seems as if Mandler just gives up and goes for the nuclear option: the “Rashomon” choice. Given the film’s bent toward the most literal of cinematic tropes and tricks — Steve tries to dream his way out of his horrible predicament by frequently pretending it’s all just a screenplay he’s writing in his head — it’s not the most shocking of choices, but it’s certainly a blunt one. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Shadow in the Cloud” (directed by Roseanne Liang)
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Where to Find It: Streaming on Hulu

Built around enough wild concepts that it sounds a bit like a Hollywood pitch meeting gone seriously off the rails — it’s a creature feature! set on a World War II B-17! filled with misogynist soldiers! and the star is a badass woman! the soundtrack is synth-heavy! — the craziest part about Roseanne Liang’s nutso “Shadow in the Cloud” is that she very nearly pulls the whole thing off. Bolstered by a go-for-broke performance by star Chloë Grace Moretz and an energy that never relents (even in the face of things like “logic” and “physics” and “common sense”), “Shadow in the Cloud” is the most bonkers mash-up of monster movie and World War II drama since, well, at least this year. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“Fried Barry” (directed by Ryan Kruger)
Distributor: Shudder
Where to Find It: Streaming on Shudder

“In Our Mothers’ Gardens” (directed by Shantrelle P. Lewis)
Distributor: ARRAY Releasing
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

“Pink Skies Ahead” (directed by Kelly Oxford)
Distributor: MTV Entertainment Studios
Where to Find It:Premieres commercial free on Saturday, May 8 at 9:00PM ET/PT on MTV with a simulcast on Pop TV

“Queen Marie” (directed by Alexis Sweet Cahill)
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Where to Find It: Various VOD and digital platforms
Check out more new films and how to watch them on the next page. 

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