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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.

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This week’s new releases include a battle of the big boys, 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 March 29 – April 4

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.

“Funny Face” (directed by Tim Sutton)
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Where to Find It: Theaters and various VOD platforms

A bold new entry into the ripe and rapidly expanding sub-genre of movies about people suffering though James Dolan’s New York (the much-loathed CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company was also namechecked in “Uncut Gems”), Tim Sutton’s “Funny Face” begins with a premise that will make perfect sense to any long-suffering New Yorker: What if the Joker were a Knicks fan? Well, begins may not be the most accurate verb to use here — as with most of Sutton’s languid and oppressively suggestive work (“Memphis,” “Pavilion”), the movie doesn’t start with a premise so much as it watches one thaw into shape over the course of its runtime — but that question is eventually pointed at us with all the subtlety of the Bat Signal. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” (directed by Adam Wingard)
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Where to Find It: Theaters and streaming on HBO Max

It’s all about the battles, and Adam Wingard’s film offers some of the franchise’s best. That ocean-set face-off is a master class in coherent CGI extravaganzas that a) take place at dusk and b) often underwater. The action-packed final act is crammed with plenty of fan catnip — what is a Godzilla film without a nighttime battle set in a neon-colored city? — that maintains momentum and furthers the story with every big-pawed swipe. The tantalizing final frames hint at more to come, but “Godzilla vs. Kong” does something rare: It offers a satisfying story that can stand alone, even when its monstrous heroes demand more exploration. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Shiva Baby” (directed by Emma Seligman)
Distributor: Utopia
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various digital platforms

Emma Seligman’s script is witty and pithy, with only a few lags in the action. The single setting is always a shrewd move for a first feature, especially one on a budget, though it does limit things visually. The conversational nature of the script lends itself to tight shots and quick edits, which has the effect of running suffocating circles around Danielle (Rachel Sennott), who is usually centered while the other characters are shot over the shoulder, helping keep the focus on her inner turmoil. A tense string score ratchets up the tension, though this technique loses its bite after a few too many uses. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“Every Breath You Take” (directed by Vaughn Stein)
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Where to Find It: Theaters, plus various PVOD platforms

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (directed by Kaouther Ben Hania)
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Where to Find It: Theaters

“Say Your Prayers” (directed by Harry Michell)
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Where to Find It:Theaters, plus various digital platforms

“The Unholy” (directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos)
Distributor: Sony
Where to Find It: Theaters

New Films on VOD and Streaming

“Concrete Cowboy” (directed by Ricky Staub)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

A sentimental father-son drama that doesn’t break new ground, but milks the fascinating backdrop for all its formulaic potential and winds up compelling enough. Idris Elba stars as stern and world-weary North Philly cowboy Harp, who has given up on family life to roam the streets with his trusty steed Chuck and a close-knit community of fellow riders. That routine gets shaken up with the arrival of his troubled teen son Cole (“Stranger Things” discovery Caleb McLaughlin), who has been expelled from Detroit schools so many times that his exasperated mother (a frantic Elizabeth Priestley in a handful of scenes) takes him on an impromptu drive 600 miles east and abandons him at his estranged father’s doorstep. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” (directed by Jed Rothstein)
Distributor: Hulu
Where to Find It: Streaming on Hulu

The film ultimately suffers from an overfamiliarity in not just construction but content; the “WeWork” documentary paints a broad portrait of what happened without expanding on (or even including) details that made previous exposés so juicy. Also trying is its reliance on Adam Neumann as a magnetic central figure, a choice as misguided as it is inflated. Maybe the tall and talkative ex-CEO had enough in-person charisma to charm all those moneymen 10 years ago, but he’s just another empty T-shirt in 2021. He can’t carry the doc, and its insistence on keeping Neumann front and center glosses over the company’s more intriguing characters, especially its most fervent believers. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition” (directed by Espen Sandberg)
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Where to Find It: Various digital and VOD platforms

“Drought” (directed by Hannah Black and Megan Petersen)
Where to Find It: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

“Like a House on Fire” (directed by Jesse Noah Klein)
Distributor: Game Theory Films
Where to Find It: Various digital platforms

“Make/Shift” (directed by Casey Suchan and Tim Cawley)
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Where to Find It: Various digital platforms

Films Available via Virtual Cinema

Learn more about virtual cinemas offerings right here.

Also available this week:

“This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection” (directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese)
Distributor: Dekanalog
Where to Find It: Choose your local cinema through the film’s virtual cinema page

Check out more new films and how to watch them on the next page.

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