Jerrod Carmichael’s brief, quiet documentary is streaming on HBO platforms. And Idris Elba’s directorial debut hits Amazon.
HOME VIDEOS Stream on HBO platforms. A quiet, cinéma-vérité documentary shot with a solitary movie digicam isn’t the sort of mission one would anticipate from a stand-up comedian like Jerrod Carmichael. With “Home Videos,” Carmichael presents 30 minutes of candid conversations between himself and among the girls in his life in his hometown, Winston-Salem, N.C. They contact on matters like blackness, feminism and relationships. The objective, Carmichael just lately informed The New York Times, was to have trustworthy conversations. “No performance for the camera,” he mentioned. “Me and you, we’re here. Let’s see what happens.”
WEED THE PEOPLE (2018) Stream on Netflix; hire on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. In the 2008 documentary “The Business of Being Born,” the filmmaker Abby Epstein dived into American motherhood and residence childbirth. Her newest documentary, “Weed the People,” additionally entails the very younger; it tells of situations wherein medical marijuana was used to struggle pediatric most cancers, making a case for additional analysis and arguing that authorized pink tape is stopping potential medical breakthroughs.
KING OF THIEVES (2019) Stream on Amazon; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Jim Broadbent and Ray Winstone star in this gray-haired crime caper. Based on the 2015 Hatton Garden heist, the movie follows a group of older ex-cons who plan to rob the vault of a London jewelry store. “Jokes about knee liniment, disability payments and insulin jabs pepper Joe Penhall’s script,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times. “If you’re in the right mood,” she noted, “This will all go down as easily as a warm brew in an East End pub; otherwise, you’ll begin to notice the sketchy plotting and slack pacing.”
THE UNICORN (2019) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The actors and comedians Nicholas Rutherford and Lauren Lapkus play Malory and Caleb, a perennially engaged couple struggling to fully commit to marriage in this goofy comedy, directed by Robert Schwartzman (“Dreamland”). When they learn that the secret to Malory’s parents’ quarter-century of happy marriage is a penchant for threesomes, the couple embark on a mission to have one, for the sake of their relationship. Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times that the movie is “kept afloat solely by the likability of its two leads.”
What’s on TV
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) 8 p.m. on FXX. Among the parallels between Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Game of Thrones” (swords, magic, Sean Bean) is this: Each series added more spectacle as the stories went on. After a brief prologue, this first installment of Jackson’s trilogy begins quaintly, with a rosy-cheeked Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) reading beneath a tree.