There are plenty of big names shuffling through the new movies on VOD this week. Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and many other big names are the stars The Northmana dark, violent tale of Viking revenge that is not dissimilar hamlet (which was based on the same Norse myth that The Northman based on) or even The Lion King: A boy watches as his father is murdered by his uncle and sets about making things right. It’s just way bloodier than those two. Also this week is fire starter starring Zac Efron, an updated version of the Stephen King story about a young girl who tries to set everything on fire. The film is now available on VOD after a theatrical release and a stint with Peacock.
And Kevin Hart’s emotional twist fatherhood, which originally aired on Netflix, is now also widely available this week. In the film, Hart takes a dramatic turn by playing a widowed father who must deal with the grief he feels after losing his wife shortly after childbirth while trying to raise his baby girl. Based on Matt Logelin’s non-fiction story about single fatherhood, Two Kisses for Maddie: A Remembrance of Love and LossHart, like many comedians before him, has proven he has what it takes to carry a film that isn’t all jokes and slapstick humor.
These are just some of the titles available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube and your cable service this week. Check out what movies are available to buy or rent on demand now!
Director Robert Eggers definitely has a talent for creating emotion and atmosphere in his films and the tone he creates is something you either love or hate. (If you google the name of his last film, the black and white drama The lighthouseis the very first suggested topic that comes up: “What is the point of the film The lighthouse?”) The Northman is by far the biggest film he has directed, and Viking Revenge features his most star-studded cast to date, including Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke and Alexander Skarsgård. The story of the Viking prince, who spends his life avenging his father’s murder, is based on a Norse fairy tale and the story itself is no different than Netflix’s viking Series also rooted in Norse mythology, but with the distinctive Eggers style that the director has become known for.
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We’re at the point in Zac Efron’s career where he’s playing dads, are you feeling old yet? in the fire starter, Efron plays Andy McGee, the father of Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a girl with pyrokinetic powers, meaning she can use her brain to set things on fire. (What also makes me feel old is the fact that I SO often rented the 1984 film that starred Drew Barrymore from the video store as a kid.) Unable to control her powers, which are the by-product of an experiment had gone wrong, Charlie starts setting things on fire, resulting in her and her family being pursued by a team that wants to… wipe them out.
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Liz Kocan is a pop culture writer based in Massachusetts. Her biggest claim to fame is the time she won on the game show chain reaction.