We assume that, like us, you’ve settled into a routine of television overconsumption. Luckily, we are never in want of options. Here are some of the most promising new movies to stream this month on the major platforms.
Tigertail (now playing)
Writer-director Alan Yang, whose impeccable small-screen credits include Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” and the Amazon series “Forever,” makes his feature-film debut with this sweeping yet intimate story of multiple generations, cultural displacement and the promise of the American dream. It centers on an elderly former factory worker from Taiwan who, while connecting with his estranged daughter, recalls a lost love and his tumultuous journey to the U.S. Following “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Farewell,” Tigertail is the latest major release to tap into, and hopefully transcend, an under-represented market for Asian-American cinema.
Rising High (opens Friday)
Charismatic but morally bankrupt, an avaricious young man enters Berlin’s posh high-end real estate market with a scheme that will make his firm untold gobs of money—until, of course, it all comes crashing down. With scenes of hedonistic drug use, strippers ascending poles and Brooks Brothers decadence, this German import attempts to capture the ambience of previous big-business morality sagas like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short,” and it’s told with a similarly biting edge.
Sergio (opens Friday)
Outside of Beltway political circles, Sergio Vieira de Mello is not much of a household name. This biopic, inspired by Samantha Power’s nonfiction book Chasing the Flame, hopes to change that. It follows the romantic, political and peacemaking ambitions—parts of his life that would collide in stark ways—of this telegenic United Nations diplomat, who found himself on the wrong side of an explosive device in Baghdad while working as a U.N. Special Representative for Iraq. Wagner Moura plays the title character; Ana de Armas, who received much-deserved praise for her breakthrough performance in “Knives Out,” co-stars.
On Amazon Prime
Invisible Life (now playing)
I had a chance to see this striking Brazilian period piece when it opened in theaters earlier this year, and I highly recommend it. Lyrical and honest, and floridly directed by Karim Aïnouz with a palpable sense of place and a novelistic sense of sweep, Invisible Life rotates between two sisters’ stories—Guida rebels from her conservative family and finds herself the recipient of an unwanted pregnancy, while Eurídice sacrifices her artistic passions to a life of humdrum domestic servitude—as months become years and eventually decades. Guida’s is an outer struggle of hardscrabble survival, and Eurídice’s is an inner torment for an existence that could have been, but each of the actors’ marvelous performances feels like a mirror image of the other.
Selah and the Spades (opens Friday)
Set in Haldwell, a coveted Pennsylvania boarding school, where authority is divvied up among powerful factions of the student body, green sophomore Paloma quickly grows enamored with Selah Summers, leader of the school’s most dominant group, who is all too happy to take the impressionable Paloma under her wing—and involve her in Haldwell’s covert distribution of alcohol and pills—until the young protégée’s ascent threatens to upend the social order. The first film from writer-director Tayarisha Poe, “Selah” looks like a 21st century “Heathers,” but with serious drama replacing the ‘80s film’s cynical humor.
Cunningham (opens April 24)
Choreographer Merce Cunningham, whose list of collaborators is a hipster’s who’s-who—from John Cage to Andy Warhol to Radiohead—is the subject of this immersive, vibrantly colored documentary, which follows his boldly experimental innovation from his time as an aspiring dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as a groundbreaking choreographer. Intoxicating images of his dances both on and behind the sprung floor combine with archival material never seen before, designed to appeal to both Cunningham cultists and those just discovering his work. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see it in 3D, where it opened in select theaters, so we’ll have to allow our imaginations to fill that space.