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
"Ashby": Australian director Tony McNamara's last feature film was 2003's "The Rage in Placid Lake." After more than a decade of working in television Down Under, he returns with this quirky comedy starring Nat Wolff ("Paper Towns") as a high school student who befriends his next door neighbor (Mickey Rourke), who just happens to be a former CIA assassin. "Ashby" also stars Sarah Silverman and Emma Roberts. (Cable & digital VOD)
"Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon": This documentary profiles the infamous comedy empire that spun off from the Harvard Lampoon in 1970. Interviews with original staff members are combined with carefully curated archival footage. The magazine helped to launch the careers of writers like John Hughes, P.J. O'Rourke and Michael O'Donoghue, and comedians like Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Bill Murray went on to "Saturday Night Live" thanks to the Lampoon's hit radio show. Over time, the Lampoon name was licensed off to many horrible film properties, but in better days it brought films like "Animal House" and "Vacation" to the big screen. (Cable & digital VOD)
AVAILABLE ON STREAMING SERVICES
"The 11th Hour": This bleak drama from Danish director Anders Morgenthaler takes a serious look at the power of a woman's biological clock and the drive to be a mother at any cost. Kim Basinger gives a staggeringly brilliant performance in this film, which isn't typical genre fare, but is also more layered than you might expect. File under: not for everyone. (Amazon Prime)
"Moonrise Kingdom": In Wes Anderson's 2012 comedy, a young orphan named Sam (newcomer Jared Gilman) escapes from summer camp to rendezvous in the woods with a young girl named Suzy (Kara Hayward, also in her first film role). Both young actors give excellent performances, but earn plenty of assistance from the adult cast members (including Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton). Anderson's work on the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" seemed to have reinvigorated his approach to storytelling and put him back on course to fill the screen with great attention to the tiniest details that reward multiple viewings. (Netflix)
"Rubble Kings": Inspired by "The Warriors," Shan Nicholson follows the gang violence that enveloped the South Bronx from 1968 to 1975 in this acclaimed documentary. Narrated by John Leguizamo, it features interviews with several former gang members including Afrika Bambaataa, who went on to become one of the pioneers of hip-hop. (Netflix)
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