We got Tina Fey playing a stuck-up administrator with some drama, Ashley Bell getting possessed…again, Dustin Hoffman directing, Mia Wasikowaska getting very dark and twisted (Elijah Wood too) and a documentary on how to become a drug kingpin. So yes, I’d say there’s a lot to cover this week. So let’s dive in.
Tina Fey begins her post-30 Rock career with this Paul Weitz dramedy where she plays a stuffy Princeton admissions officer who while on a recruiting trip to an alternative school run by an old classmate (Paul Rudd) learns that the son she gave up for adoption years ago is attending his school.
Why Watch It: Fey and Rudd make a for a great comic duo.
'The Last Exorcism Part II'
And you thought they were serious with that title! Nope, in the sequel to Last, Neil (Ashley Bell) is recovering from being possessed only to become possessed again and this time the evil inside her is really pissed.
Why Watch It: They certainly upped the stakes with this one.
In Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut the acting legend focuses on a home for retired musicians who are upended when their annual celebration of Verdi’s birthday is interrupted by a former wife of one of the residents who turns out to be quite a diva.
Why Watch It: An impressive debut by Hoffman (though he’s kinda been directing the movies he’s been in for decades…he just never had the title).
For Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film the man behind "Oldboy" and "Thirst" gives us another beautifully horrific story as we follow introvert India (Mia Wasikowaska) who becomes a woman following her father’s mysterious death and her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) shows up.
Why Watch It: Ode to Hitchcock’s "Shadow of a Doubt" with great performances by Wasikowaska, Goode and Nicole Kidman.
Available same day as the film hits theaters, this remake of the ’80s slasher stars Elijah Wood in the lead role as the owner of a mannequin shop who becomes obsessed with a young photographer.
Why Watch It: You’ll never look at those eyes of Elijah Wood the same way again.
Available 6/21: Cable On Demand
'How To Make Money Selling Drugs'
Title pretty much says it all. A look inside the drug trade by shaping the film almost like a how-to/video game, but behind the cute bells and whistles there’s a very serious focus on the consequences of being a gangster.
Why Watch It: Insightful interviews with The Game, The Wire creator David Simon, crack king "Freeway" Rick and Eminem.
Available: Cable On Demand
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Check out the essential family friendly titles streaming now.
'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'
Steven Spielberg’s classic is perfect for all ages, but there’s something about watching this as a child that brings to life the magic of movies and what they can do for the human spirit. (Yes, this movie is that powerful!)
'The Neverending Story'
For the young teens in your home this one may grab their attention. After coming across a mysterious book, Bastian (Barret Oliver) is trust into a fantasy world filled with weird creatures and a lovable furry dragon.
The film that established Pixar as an animation giant (and basically drove the death nail in pencil-to-paper animation) plays on our childhood thoughts that our toys are real as a boy’s favorite toy tries to stay relevant when a new flashy one enters the fray.
Another good one for the older kids, Jim Henson creates an fantastical playground with goblins, David Bowie in a bad wig and Jennifer Connelly at the center trying to save her baby half-brother. We’re a long way for the Muppets now.