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New Movie Releases to Watch at Home

Streaming choices include Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ and Patricia Clarkson’s ‘Almost Love’

En español | Since theaters (except a few drive-ins) are closed, movies that would have been seen on the big screen are arriving on TV and streaming services up to six months early. Studios are charging more than usual for new releases — often $19.99, though prices vary.

 Blood Father, R

Mel Gibson’s latest smash hit is actually an obscure 2016 crime thriller few saw — but now it’s streaming, and it instantly became Netflix’s most popular movie for grownups. It proves once again that Gibson, now 64, is one superb actor, even in pulpy entertainment. He’s John Link, proprietor of the Missing Link Tattoo parlor, located in his crummy home in a desolately picturesque trailer court. William H. Macy (Fargo, Shameless), now 70, is fine as his razzing pal and AA sponsor. Recently out of prison, now-sober Link looks like miles of rough road, but he’s better off than his estranged druggie daughter (Erin Moriarty). She’s on the run from her cartel boss boyfriend (Diego Luna, who’s great on Netflix’s must-see Narcos: Mexico). When his goons shoot up Link’s trailer to get her, father John risks his parole to save her. It’s not complicated, but it’s a satisfying 88-minute drama driven by Gibson’s undimmed star power. —Tim Appelo (T.A.)

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube. Typically $3.99 or by subscription.

 Almost Love, Unrated

In Mike Doyle’s fizzy Friends for the Instagram era, a perky and pleasing Kate Walsh, 52 (Grey’s Anatomy), joins Scott Evans and Zoe Chao as part of a diverse ensemble of New York friends — gay, straight, single, straying. The gang grapples with issues of intimacy and the nature of love in an era of Uber, internet influencers and economic extremes. The always terrific Patricia Clarkson, 60 (Six Feet Under, Sharp Objects), brings a welcome edge as a successful painter who exploits unknown younger artist Evans to fill her gallery exhibition walls — and line her designer pockets. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)

Where to watch (starting April 3): Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, prices vary.

 Bad Boys for Life, R

Will Smith, 51, and Martin Lawrence, 54, return in the buddy-action blockbuster franchise they launched in 1995. Now their Miami cop characters battle a ruthless Mexican cartel assassin, as well as deal with aging. It’s fun and silly, and the digital release has 50-plus minutes of new material, including an alternate ending. Lawrence’s family-man character becomes a grandpa in the opening scene, and he razzes the very young-looking Smith’s randy bachelor character for dyeing his goatee. It’s good to see Smith, who’s been in a slump, starring in a satisfying hit again, and his chemistry with Lawrence still clicks. —T.A.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, Fandango Now, cable video on demand. Typically $19.99.

 Resistance, R

Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) plays famous mime Marcel Marceau, the French Resistance fighter who — really — helped save 10,000 kids orphaned by the Nazis by smuggling them to Switzerland. It’s sweet, like Jojo Rabbit and Life Is Beautiful, but more violent and clumsily directed. Still, it’s one riveting true story, and Eisenberg is good as an awkward man who’s only comfortable while silently performing, like his idol Charlie Chaplin. Matthias Schweighöfer is scary as notorious SS monster Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, who thinks Marcel’s Chaplin mustache is meant to mock Hitler’s mustache. —T.A.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, cable video on demand. Prices vary.

 The Invisible Man, R

In this number 1 box-office hit, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) flees her controlling lover (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), an inventor. When he slits his wrists and leaves her $5 million, she fears he’s found a way to get invisible and hunt her. Moss rocks the role, delivering screams and sudden jumps, then turning the tables on the bad guy — aided by stilettos, juicy red lipstick and an excellent cosmetic concealer. —T.M.A.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango Now, cable video on demand. Typically $19.99.

 Emma, PG

Doe-eyed Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) spins an enchanting web as Emma Woodhouse, the rich, spoiled and beautiful 21-year-old queen bee of her sleepy village, who lives with her hypochondriac father (Love Actually’s Bill Nighy, 70). Emma believes she can find the perfect husband for sweet, naive Harriet Smith (a refreshing Mia Goth). Gorgeous costumes, lush cinematography, colorful production design and a luminous score. It’s akin to a delicious crumpet smothered in lemon curd with the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea. —Susan King (S.K.)

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango Now, cable video on demand. Typically $19.99.

 1917, R

This World War I epic is an impressive feat of cinematography: It’s basically all one continuous shot, following two young British soldiers on a mission behind enemy lines to prevent 1,600 soldiers from an ambush massacre — including the brother of one of the lads. It’s as overwhelming as Dunkirk, and infinitely more personal. —T.A.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Fandango Now. Typically $5.99.

 Knives Out, PG-13

This popular whudunnit murder mystery is good for a family movie night. Everyone will enjoy suave James Bond (Daniel Craig) as a clever Southern sleuth. It all takes place in a mansion the Addams Family might find too gothic; the hunt for the killer of the plutocrat patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer, 90) is on. All the cast is suspect. —T.A. (READ FULL REVIEW)

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft, Fandango Now, Vudu, cable video on demand. Typically $4.99.

Adam Sander in a poster for 'Uncut Gems'


 Uncut Gems, R

This is definitely not family fare, thanks to the raw profanity. But grownup viewers may find Adam Sandler, 53, impressive as a New York jeweler, gambler, dreamer and self-defeating buffoon who keeps making the wrong decision. —T.A. (READ FULL REVIEW)

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango Now, Microsoft, Fandango Now. Typically $4.99.

 The Good Liar, R

Helen Mirren, 74, plays a widowed professor with $3.6 million and no clue how to invest it. But the con artist she met on a grownup dating website (Ian McKellen, 80) thinks he does. Assisted by his henchman, he tries to woo and bilk her — but she may have a secret of her own. An acting duel between masters — and who wins? You, the viewer. —T.A. (READ FULL REVIEW)

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Microsoft. Typically $4.99.

 Human Capital, Unrated

In this smart, absorbing indie drama, Liev Schreiber, 52, is a gambler whose daughter (Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s talented daughter, Maya Hawke) is dating the son of an arrogant, vaguely Bernie Madoff-like hedge fund manager (Peter Sarsgaard, 49). Unwisely, he borrows $300,000 to gamble on the hedge fund and gets mixed up with the manager’s bitter, unfaithful trophy wife (Marisa Tomei, 55, in a marvelous performance). (There’s a still-better version, the 2014 Italian original Human Capital, streaming on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play and Fandango Now.) —T.A.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, Vudu. Typically $6.99.

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