“Causeway” (R, 1 hour, 32 minutes, Apple TV+) A quietly devastating portrait of a soldier (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent in the role) struggling to adjust to her life after suffering a traumatic injury back home in New Orleans. IED attack in Afghanistan. Stephen McKinley Henderson, with Brian Tyree Henry; Directed by Lila Neugebauer.
“In Her Hands” (PG-13, 1 hour, 32 minutes, Netflix) Zarifa Ghafari, who at age 26 became Afghanistan’s first female mayor and the youngest ever to hold office, is the subject of this ambitious, unexpected documentary. She fights to survive against the ever-increasing exposure of her country. Directed by Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen and executive produced by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
“Resistance: 1942″ aka”Burning at Both Ends” (not rated, 1 hour, 50 minutes, on demand) A self-aggrandizing war drama set in the darkest days of World War II in France, which is under Nazi control. A man with a radio broadcasts a message of hope. With Cary Elwes, Jason Patric, Judd Hirsch; Written and directed by Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson.
“Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” (Not rated, 1 hour, 29 minutes, Disney+) This charming documentary chronicles how Mickey Mouse became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first synch-sound animated shorts, “Steamboat Willie.” did in 1928, then follows the character through decades of development into various versions of himself that reflect the remarkable career of his creator and the social changes in the nation he came to represent. Directed by Jeff Malmberg
“Facing Monsters” (Not rated, 1 hour, 30 minutes, On Demand) A horror documentary that digs deep into the psyche of fearless, crazy Australian surfer Kirby Brown, who specializes in short, heavy, huge and unforgiving slab waves. . With Courtney Brown, Glenn Brown, Kit Renner, Chris Shanahan; Directed by Bentley Dean.
“Shadows” (not rated, 1 hour, 42 minutes, on demand) A well-structured genre-blending Italian thriller in which a pair of teenage sisters live with their overprotective mother in an abandoned hotel after the apparent end of the world, where they seek refuge from ominous shadows that haunt the day. Live in the light and invade the world across the river. But are shadows their biggest problem? Mia Threpleton (Kate Winslet’s daughter), with Lola Pettycrew, Saskia Reeves; Directed by Carlo Lavagna.
“A Unicorn for Christmas” (not rated, 1 hour, 27 minutes, in theaters) A typical holiday fantasy in which a young girl, upset about having to move from the city to the country when her family takes over an old farm, brightens. When she finds a white pony and is convinced the horse is a unicorn. With Sonny Mabrey, Catherine Dyer, Chuck Wicks, Ed Marinaro; Directed by Stacia Crawford.
“The Next Exit” (not rated, 1 hour, 46 minutes, in theaters) Most suicide stories aren’t as funny or effective as this one, in which a research scientist proves she can track people into the afterlife, prompting two strangers. Race to join the Doctor’s controversial study and leave his troubled life behind. With Katie Parker, Rahul Kohli, Rose McIver, Tongai Chirisa, Tim Griffin, Diva Zappa; Written and directed by Mali Elfman.
“Soft and Quiet” (R, 1 hour, 31 minutes, On Demand) A tense drama about racism that revolves around kindergarten teacher Emily (Stephanie Estes) and a group of white supremacist women who go to the store to get them lunch. The opening meeting, where they encounter mixed-race sisters, quickly turns violent. With Olivia Lucardi, Dana Millican, Melissa Paulo, John Beavers; Directed by Beth de Araujo.
“The Invaders” (TV-MA, 1 hour, 20 minutes, On Demand) This documentary reveals the inspiration of an often overlooked radical generation of civil rights activists made up of young college students, Vietnam vets, musicians, and intellectuals. In Memphis 1968, Dr. Directly involved with Martin Luther King Jr. in the hours leading up to his assassination. Coby Smith, Charles Cabbage, John B. Smith, John Gary Williams; Directed by Pritchard Smith.
“The Willowbrook” (Not rated, 1 hour, 25 minutes, On Demand) The scary side of social media is explored in this thriller in which a healthy influencer invites a recently overdosed follower to seek recovery at his small-town estate. It should not be as pure as it looks on the internet. Chris Boudreaux, Jessica Bishop, Erin Day, Lawrence J. with Hughes; Written and directed by Zach Koepp.
“Plan A” (Not rated, 1 hour, 49 minutes, On Demand) Based on a stunningly dramatic true story but too neatly packaged to be impressive, this World War II drama concerns a group of Holocaust survivors who vow revenge for the murders. Their men poisoned the water supply in German cities and killed six million Germans for every Jew killed by the Nazis. With August Diehl, Sylvia Hoeks, Nikolai Kinski, Michael Aloni; Written and directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.
“MVP” (Not Rated, 1 hour, 52 minutes, On Demand) Cliché-ridden and self-absorbed, this syrupy drama (executive produced by Sylvester Stallone) centers on the growing friendship between a struggling retired NFL player and a homeless veteran. from PTSD. Based on the true story of the formation of Merging Vets and Players, a nonprofit organization that empowers and connects combat veterans and former professional athletes. Mo McRae, Dina Shihabi, Tom Arnold, Jay Glazer, and former professional players Randy Couture, Tony Gonzalez, Howie Long, Michael Strahan; The directorial debut of Nate Boyer, an Army Green Beret veteran, former NFL player and veterans affairs activist.
“Cupid’s Christmas” (not rated, 1 hour, 35 minutes, on demand) A syrupy, predictable family-friendly comedy/romance in which Santa Claus searches for the missing reindeer Cupid in Holly, Mich., where Katie Valentine’s thwarted love story. And Luke Murphy’s historic town train depot has been rekindled in an effort to save it by raising the funds needed for its restoration and refurbishment. With Marla Moore, Kevin Ridsdale, Joe Kurak, Jerry Narsh, Kendall Strong, Donnell J. Clayton, Caleb Silvers; Directed by DB Dickerson.
“Sam and Kate” (R, 1 hour, 50 minutes, in theaters) A life-affirming comedy about Sam (Jake Hoffman), who returns to his old small-town home to care for his ailing father Bill (Dustin). Hoffman, Jake’s real-life father), is attracted to Kate (Schuyler Fisk) when Bill begins to fall for Kate’s mother Tina (Sissy Spacek, Schuyler’s real-life mother). Does life imitate art? Or is it the other way around? Written and directed by Darren Le Gallo.
“Vertical Freedom” (not rated, 1 hour, 33 minutes, on demand) A visually stimulating documentary that chronicles the triumphs, challenges and tragedies of communications infrastructure activists Robert Gallegos, Sean Gilhooly, Andrew Liloffi, Kay Nguyen, Kelsey Olsen and Angelo Wiig Olsen . Because they cross the country and work at extreme heights to enable connectivity. Directed by Doug Lee.
“Dylan & Zoey” (Not rated, 1 hour, 22 minutes, On Demand) In an indie drama with only 24 hours left in Los Angeles, Zoey (Claudia Doumit) runs into her estranged best friend Dylan (Blake Scott). Lewis), and the two try to pick up where they left off — it’s not that easy. with Malcolm Barrett; Directed by Matt Souter.
“I Didn’t See You There” (not rated, 1 hour, 16 minutes, on demand) A masterful first-person documentary by disabled filmmaker Reid Davenport about how he sees the world, from his wheelchair or two legs. You have to see for yourself.
“Shaantram” (TV-MA, 52-60 minute episodes, AppleTV+) Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Gregory David Roberts, this 12-part drama series follows fugitive/heroin addict Lynn Ford (Charlie Hunnam) who is alive and in hiding. . Chaotic 1980s Bombay. There he falls in love, which disrupts his freedom.
“Ten-Cent Daisy” (Not rated, 1 hour, 30 minutes, On Demand) A whimsical, sometimes terrifying fantasy drama in which three sisters from a fishing village in the West Indies wind up in Berkeley, California, after a traumatic event. which threatens to reveal a centuries-old family secret. A decade later, the sisters separated; The youngest, Daisy, the personification of mystery, is left the most vulnerable. With Lauren Michel, Dionne Auden, Aminah Kaplan, Margaret Laurena Kemp; Directed by Lisbon Okafor.
“A Decent Home” (Not rated, 1 hour, 26 minutes, On Demand) This documentary offers a grim look at mobile home park residents struggling to protect their property from the encroachment of the rich — involving class and immobility. . Directed by Sarah Terry.
“Paradise City” (R, 1 hour, 32 minutes, On Demand) A frenetic thriller with an iconic cast, among them Bruce Willis as bounty hunter Ian Swann, who is shot and presumed dead after disappearing into the waters off Maui; Her son Ryan (Blake Jenner), her ex-boyfriend (Stephen Dorff), and a local detective (Praya Lundberg) set out to find her killers. With John Travolta; Co-written and directed by Chuck Russell.