The extended Spring rains have past and the heat has become sweltering. I enjoy my share of sun, but sometimes it is nice to stay inside with cooler air and the comforts of home. Whether you are staying inside to begin with or are retreating to cooler temperatures after venturing out to watch summer blockbusters, there will be plenty of On Demand movie options for you to peruse. Here is our On Demand Movie Guide for this month.
Cash Only tells the story of a desperate Detroit landlord and features a great combination of directing, acting, writing, and cinematography. The movie is thematically tied to the American struggle so many are engaged in today and uses human interactions to display the bleakness of its broken city backdrop of Detroit. Cash Only is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $4.99.
Who Took Johnny is a documentary covering the 30 year cold case of the disappearance of Johnny Gosch in West Des Moines, IA. The movie is murky and tense with an unexpected narrative flow of twists and character arcs, and features America-centric themes on missing children cases past and present. Who Took Johnny is currently available to rent with Amazon and iTunes starting at $4.99.
Bite is a solid new entry into the body horror subgenre and throwback to horror B-movies. The movie depicts a young woman’s transformation after being bitten by an insect and features effective practical effects and a good performance by Elma Begovic in the lead role of Casey. Bite is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $6.99
The Family Fang is the Jason Bateman’s second turn at feature directing after 2013’s Bad Words. The movie features Bateman along with Nicole Kidman in the lead roles of Baxter and Annie Fang as they search for their missing parents. Bateman shows much improvement in his directing and displays great chemistry with Kidman over a story that isn’t quite as interesting as it could be. The Family Fang is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $6.99.
Welcome to Happiness
In Welcome to Happiness, Woody War, children’s book author and gatekeeper of a magical door in his closet, admits countless entrants to the opportunity to change the past. Director Oliver Thompson amplifies the curiosity factor to the maximum by disclosing the minimum amount of information possible. Thompson artfully circulated the never-ending cliffhanger of “but then….” The movie is an ultra condensed self-help book that boils down one life lesson in a humorous and whimsical manner without relying entirely on dark foundations. Welcome to Happiness is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $4.99
Tale of Tales
Tale of Tales presents an unconventional anthology of three original fairy tales. Each story is built from explorations of beauty, self-interest, and selflessness and exhibits astounding imagery for such a low budget feature. Director Matteo Garrone offers an all-star cast in a small budget feature that should not be missed. Tale of Tales is currently available on multiple VOD platforms starting at $5.99.