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Latest home video releases

Austin American-Statesman

Here's a look at the most interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.

VIDEO ON DEMAND

"Some Kind Of Hate": It's not often that the word feminist can be applied to a slasher film, but that was the intent of director Adam Egypt Mortimer for his debut feature. A bullied teenage boy resurrects a 17-year-old girl named Moira who committed suicide after being tormented in school. She's quite eager to help him get brutal revenge on his classmates in an incredibly bloody fashion. The film is launching at the perfect time to become required Halloween viewing this year. (Cable & digital VOD)

"Time Out Of Mind": Richard Gere stars as George, a homeless man drifting through the harsh landscape of New York City, in this new drama from Oren Moverman ("The Messenger"). Jena Malone ("Inherent Vice") co-stars as a daughter who he is desperately looking to reconnect with and the legendary Ben Vereen appears as a jazz musician who has also turned up on the streets and befriends George. (Cable VOD)

AVAILABLE ON STREAMING SERVICES

"I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story": Well-received on the festival circuit over the last year, this sentimental documentary is about the man who has spent most of his career in a giant yellow costume (while also bringing Oscar the Grouch to life), brightening kids' lives on "Sesame Street." This charming film features interviews with co-workers like Frank Oz and Joey Mazzarino and also features rare archival footage of Spinney working with fellow puppeteer Jim Henson. (Amazon Prime)

"Madame Bovary": For her second full-length film, director Sophie Barthes lavishly adapted Gustave Flaubert's 1856 novel with elegantly mixed results. Australian actress Mia Wasikowska takes on the lead role and is joined by Ezra Miller ("We Need To Talk About Kevin") and Paul Giamatti ("Love & Mercy"). You could do far worse than to spend an afternoon with Ms. Bovary, but this is a story that has lost its scandalous nature over time. (Netflix)

"Men, Women & Children": This film from Jason Reitman ("Young Adult") was rejected by critics and audiences last year. Despite its frequently clumsy commentary on sexuality, it boasts an outstanding cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, Emma Thompson and, somewhat inexplicably, Adam Sandler. A story thread about a wife who opens an account on the Ashley Madison website to seek out an affair may be even more timely now than it was when it was shot. (Amazon Prime)


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