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New Movies: Release Calendar for April 30, 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 April 26 – May 2

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.

“About Endlessness” (directed by Roy Andersson)
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

The least funny and most tender movie that Roy Andersson has made since building his own studio with the profits he’d saved from decades of enormously successful commercial work, “About Endlessness” adopts the same qualities of life itself: it’s both short and infinite. It’s over in a heartbeat, and yet it feels like it could go on forever. Like a stone-faced Scheherazade, Andersson stops as soon as it’s clear that he can outlast us. Better 76 minutes than 1,001 nights. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Four Good Days” (directed by Rodrigo Garcia)
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Where to Find It: Theaters

“Four Good Days” is a hideously overwrought slice of the life of an addict, and her codependent mother, from the opening frames of Mila Kunis gleaning her toothless, rotten gums after showing up unannounced and shaking on Glenn Close’s doorstep, to a climactic meltdown involving Kunis screaming “I need your pee!” to a paralyzed, enabling Close. The fact that this emerged from a harrowing, true-life Washington Post article by co-screenwriter Eli Saslow can’t disguise the over-the-top elements of the movie (from Close’s bizarre wig to Kunis’ twitchy performance) that feel ripped from fiction and ooze obvious staginess, the feint of actorly transformation. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Golden Arm”

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“Golden Arm” (directed by Maureen Bharoocha)
Distributor: Utopia
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

Whether you love the Sylvester Stallone-starring arm wrestling comedy “Over the Top” or think, “eh, maybe I don’t need a Sylvester Stallone-starring arm wrestling comedy in my life,” there’s a new option that will be more appealing: Maureen Bharoocha’s “Golden Arm,” which reinvents the sports movie with such pluck that it should please every stripe of arm wrestling comedy fan. Aided by a go-for-broke performance by star Mary Holland — consistently the best thing in many projects, and here finally getting the lead role she deserves — “Golden Arm” might be destined for the same sort of cult status as Sly’s version, and that’s just fine for this charming indie comedy. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Limbo” (directed by Ben Sharrock)
Distributor: Focus Features
Where to Find It: Theaters

It takes some time to sort through what kind of movie “Limbo” wants to be. Its hilarious opening number finds a pair of zany locals educating the refugees about appropriate behavior on the dance floor, and Sharrock returns to that training room several more times. But the filmmaker’s deadpan style is soon undercut by the more muted, melancholic look at Omar’s (Amir El-Masry) routine: In between shrugging off the friendly overtures of his new roommate Farhad (Vikash Bhai) and gazing out at the unforgiving sea, Omar has morphed into a sad shell of his old self. He still carries around his grandfather’s oud (a Middle-Eastern instrument that resembles a guitar) but can’t seem to recall how to play it. (“A musician who doesn’t play his instrument is dead,” he recalls being told.) His only connection to his family comes from the island’s solitary phone booth, where he calls his judgmental parents, and their voices come to him like echoes of a distant path. And his older brother, who chose to remain in Syria and join resistance fighters there, serves as a constant source of guilt. Read IndieWire’s full review.

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Also available this week:

“Berlin Alexanderplatz” (directed by Burhan Qurbani)
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus choose your local virtual cinema through Kino Marquee

“Cliff Walkers” (directed by Zhang Yimou)
Distributor: CMC Pictures
Where to Find It: Theaters

“Eat Wheaties!” (directed by Scott Abramovitch)
Distributor: Screen Media
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

“Percy vs. Goliath” (directed by Clark Johnson)
Distributor: Saban Films
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

“The Resort” (directed by Taylor Chien)
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

“Separation” (directed by William Brent Bell)
Distributor: Open Road Films, Briarcliff Entertainment
Where to Find It: Theaters

“The Virtuoso” (directed by Nick Stagliano)
Distributor: Lionsgate
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various VOD platforms

New Films on VOD and Streaming

“Best Summer Ever” (directed by Michael Parks Randa and Lauren Smitelli)
Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

hough “Crip Camp” didn’t end up going home with the Oscar on Sunday evening, it’s done plenty toward making people aware of the need for disabled narratives that are positive and happy. For us to see true inclusion, it’s not enough to simply tell disabled stories, but to make disability part of every story. A prime example of that is the new teen musical, “Best Summer Ever.” The most ambitious feature undertaken by Zeno Mountain Farm, a camp aimed at immersing disabled and non-disabled kids in the arts and the subject of the 2014 documentary “Becoming Bulletproof,” “Best Summer Ever” seeks to break the record for most disabled performers in a film held by 1932’s horror feature “Freaks.” Outside of that, the musical, with its story of young love, cliques, and following your heart, hopes to prove that inserting disability into every movie is possible and entertaining. Read IndieWire’s full review.

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“The Disciple” (directed by Chaitanya Tamhane)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

Northern Indian classical music sounds like nothing other than itself: The jangling of the sitar and the meditational warbling of the improvised vocals known as raga have a profound ancient quality that taps into the mystery of human existence. Ravi Shankar may be the name most closely associated with popularizing such melodies in the West, but the art form (known as Hindustani music) extends well beyond the accomplishments of one man. That’s the hard truth faced by Sharad (real-life musician and acting newcomer Aditya Modak) in Chaitanya Tamhane’s brilliant sophomore drama “The Disciple,” the story of an idealistic young performer who dreams of capturing the magic of a musical traditional that he may lack the talent to achieve himself. In Tamhane’s dreamy, transcendent character study, the undulating raga melodies serve as a transformative portal to self-discovery that places the audiences in the confines of its entrancing power. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“The Mitchells vs. The Machines” (directed by Mike Rianda)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

Director Mike Rianda’s “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” pumps with the same kind of heart and mile-a-minute creative energy that allowed producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to squeeze tears out of LEGOs and make Batman seem funnier than the Joker has ever been. The most unexpected thing about Rianda’s debut feature — besides, perhaps, a quick but unambiguous reference to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” — is that it’s also kind of a superhero movie, albeit one about the fantastic strength and elasticity of a family that’s straining under the pressure of its own perceived normalness even before they’re tasked with saving humanity. Imagine if “The Incredibles” had been directed with the underdog flair and irreverent whiplash of an Edgar Wright film and you’ll be most of the way there. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“The Outside Story”

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“The Outside Story” (directed by Casimir Nozkowski)
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Charles doesn’t see much reason to leave his sunny second-floor Brooklyn apartment. Everything can be delivered, he can do his video editing at the desk that’s right next to his kitchen, and after his recent break-up, he’s got little interest in human interaction. What could possibly entice him to leave? In “The Outside Story,” Casimir Nozkowski’s ambling, rambling feature directorial debut, the answer is “bad luck” and “narrative necessity.” In his first lead role, Brian Tyree Henry (“Widows,” “Atlanta”) brings nuance to Charles, the introverted homebody at the center of Nozkowski’s good-hearted but ultimately minor feature. Meant to debut at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, one of the first major film events to be cancelled last year, Charles’ quest to get out of the house now takes on an unexpected tone. Still, the film is predictable in its revelations: Maybe it’s a good idea to broaden your horizons, even if that just means finding out the name of the kid who lives above you. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Things Heard & Seen” (directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

Wobbling between Henry James and Philip Roth on its way to a schlockier final hour that ditches the literary veneer of its first half and strains to transmute the ambiguities of Brundage’s writing into dramatic action, “Things Heard & Seen” might be simplest to categorize as a horror movie about the perils of living in fear. Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) and George (James Norton) have both suffered from their own private terrors ever since an unplanned pregnancy spurred an uncertain marriage (their young daughter Franny is played by Ana Sophia Heger), but he stays ahead of his demons while she merely hides from hers. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Without Remorse”

“Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” (directed by Stefano Sollima)
Distributor: Amazon
Where to Find It: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Clancy was ahead of the curve in some respects. He crucially understood the value of creating a shared universe for his characters, even if Jack Ryan’s individual adventures played out in the span of a single book; he recognized how threading his novels together in even the most casual manner would lend them all a greater sense of scope and importance. In that light, the strangest thing about Amazon Studios’ “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” is that it took so long for someone to re-conceive the Ryanverse for the Avengers era. But if this dank and flavorless black ops thriller ultimately accomplishes that goal in shameless fashion (capping things off with a mid-credits stinger so indebted to Nick Fury that Michael B. Jordan might as well be wearing an eyepatch when he pitches the Rainbow initiative), the movie also shares its hero’s ambivalence towards the mission at hand. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“Bad Witch” (directed by Joshua Land and Victor Fink)
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

“Here Are the Young Men” (directed by Eoin Macken)
Distributor: Well Go Entertainment
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

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