Release Radar – March 22nd, 2024

The sheer volume of new releases is getting out of hand, but the good news is that there’s truly no shortage of options for your viewing enjoyment. I got a little bogged down with work and podcast editing, so I can’t give a quippy response to everything. However, I still want to present all the options. So, let’s just get to it.

New In Theaters

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Director(s): Gil Kenan | Writer(s): Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman

Stars: Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard

Despite enjoying Ghostbusters: Afterlife, liking the cast (especially Carrie Coon), and seeing how these new films are connected to their predecessors, I just don’t have any real interest in this movie. I will still see it at some point, but it’s nowhere near the most interesting things on the menu this week.

*Immaculate – Editor’s Pick*

Director(s): Michael Mohan | Writer(s): Andrew Lobel

Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Álvaro Morte, Simona Tabasco

Syndey Sweeney is a talented actress but I had reservations surrounding this because she is also the new “it girl” and striking while the iron is hot is a thing in Hollywood. However, I was impressed. It’s stylish, creepy, dark, well-focused, and gets really damn intense as it ratchets up. Really good stuff! I won’t say more until I write something more formal, but that’s why it get’s my Editor’s Pick.

Luca (re-release)

Director(s): Enrico Casarosa | Writer(s): Jesse Andrews, Enrico Casarosa, Simon Stephenson, Jesse Andrews, Mike Jones, Julie Lynn, Randall Green

Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman

Problemista (Expands)

Written & Directed by: Julio Torres

Stars: Julio Torres, Tilda Swinton

I could have sworn Problemista was supposed to expand weeks ago because I saw it in limited release on March 1st. Anyway, it’s creative, energetic, and enjoyable. It’s one of my favorites from 2024 so far (even though it’s one of the delayed 2023 films). If you are looking for some counter-programming, this is a great option.

Exhuma (expands)

Written & Directed by: Jae-hyun Jang

Stars: Kim Go-eun, Choi Min-sik, Lee Do-hyun

I am happy to see Exhuma getting an expanded release because now I might be able to see it in theaters. South Korean cinema has been doing such interesting work as a whole, I’m hoping we keep talking about it.

Limited Release

Late Night with the Devil

Written & Directed by: Cameron & Colin Cairnes

Stars: David Dastmalchian, Laura Gordon, Ian Bliss

The most controversial film in the world! This one seems to be taking it on the chin as the face of AI-generated art in film, even though other projects with deeper pockets have used it. It’s a bummer because the scandal is overshadowing what’s an otherwise very creative, darkly funny, original horror film with a great lead performance from David Dastmalchian. It’s just an unfortunate situation but I’ll save that for something long form. For what it’s worth, the theater was pretty full and there was applause afterward at the late afternoon preview on Thursday.


Written & Directed by: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping

Stars: George MacKay, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Aaron Heffernan

I only just saw the first trailer for this before Late Night with the Devil and the style and attitude are certainly the kind of stuff I like from cinema. So, I will try to check it out.

Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World

Written & Directed by: Rada Jude

Stars: Ilinca Manolache, Ovidiu Pîrsan, Nina Hoss

I love the energy here. Hopefully, this is playing somewhere I can actually see it.

Sleeping Dogs

Director(s): Adam Cooper | Writer(s): Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, E.O. Chirovici

Stars: Russell Crowe, Karen Gillan, Marton Csokas

Riddle of Fire

Written & Directed by: Weston Razooli

Stars: Lio Tipton, Charles Halford, Weston Razooli

My sister’s friend’s kid is the one in the middle, so I am going to try to make an extra effort to see this one if I can find it.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (10th Anniversary re-release)

Director(s): David Zellner | Writer(s): Nathan & David Zellner

Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Kanako Higashi


Director(s): Stefano Milla | Writer(s): Katherine Tomlinson

Stars: Michael Paré, Jason R. Moore, Ellie Patrikios


Written & Directed by: Ivan Sen

Stars: Simon Baker, Rob Collins, Natasha Wanganeen

Black-and-white, neo-noir…I’m so in.

You Can Call Me Bill

Written & Directed by: Alexandre O. Philippe

Stars: William Shatner

Dad & Step-Dad

Director(s): Tynan DeLong | Writer(s): Colin Burgess, Tynan DeLong, Anthony Oberbeck

Stars: Colin Burgess, Brian Fiddyment, Clare O’Kane

I don’t know that this is going to play anywhere near me, but the sense of humor on display is my kinda thing. So, I will be on the lookout. I could imagine it finding more success when/if it hits streaming.

Carol Doda Topless At The Condor

Written & Directed by: Marlo McKenzie & Jonathan Parker

Stars: Carol Doda, Dina Moore, Charles North

Free Time

Written & Directed by: Ryan Martin Brown

Stars: William Banks, Alexander Bliss, Rebecca Rose Bulnes

Peter Five Eight

Written & Directed by: Michael Zaiko Hall

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Rebecca De Mornay, Jet Jandreau

The Beautiful Game (+ Netflix Mar. 29th)

Director(s): Thea Sharrock | Writer(s): Frank Cottrell Boyce

Stars: Cristina Rodlo, Bill Nighy, Valeria Golino

A Perfect Day For Caribou (New York Mar. 21st)

Written & Directed by: Jeff Rutherford

Stars: Charlie Plummer, Rachael Perrell Fosket, Dana Millican

I’m already getting a bit choked up, so whenever this is available widely, I will be there.

International Marketplace (Limited)

Madgaon Express

Written & Directed by: Kunal Kemmu

Stars: Loanna Aleksandrova, Yash Bhojwani, Alpana Buch


Director(s): Tran Thanh

Stars: Huynh Uyen An, Hong Dao, Phuong Anh Dao


Written & Directed by: Moshe Rosenthal

Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Sasson Gabay, Gabriel Omri Loukas

Om Bheem Bush

Director(s): Sree Harsha Konuganti | Writer(s): Manohar Bollam, Sree Harsha Konugati

Stars: Srikanth Iyengar, Shaan Kakkar, Ayesha Khan

Streaming & Digital

Road House (Prime Video Mar. 21st)

Director(s): Doug Liman | Writer(s): Anthony Bagarozzi, Chuck Mondry, R. Lance Hill

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniela Melchior, Conor McGregor

I’ve heard all kinds of comments on this one ranging from utter shit to wonderfully fun, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to see a…enhanced…Conor McGregor go buck-wild opposite Jake Gyllenhaal with his weird neck tattoo.

Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told (Hulu Mar. 21st)

Director(s): P. Frank Williams

Stars: André 3000, The Notorious B.I.G., CeeLo Green

Shirley (Netflix)

Written & Directed by: John Ridley

Stars: Regina King, Lance Reddick, Terrence Howard

The Casagrandes Movie (Netflix)

Director(s): Miguel Puga

Stars: Isabella Alvarez, Sergio Aragonés, Angélica Aragón

On Fire (Peacock)

Director(s): Peter Facinelli, Nick Lyon | Writer(s): Nick Lyon, Ron Peer

Stars: Peter Facinelli, Fiona Douriff, Asher Angel

You’ll Never Find Me (Shudder)

Director(s): Josiah Allen, Indianna Bell | Writer(s): Idianna Bell

Stars: Brendan Rock, Jordan Cowan, Elena Carapetis

The Monk and the Gun (VOD/Digital)

Written & Directed by: Pawo Choyning Dorji

Stars: Harry Einhorn, Tandin Wangchuk, Tandin Sonam

The Fox (VOD/Digital)

Written & Directed by: Adrian Goiginger

Stars: Simon Morzé, Karl Markovics, Adriane Gradziel

Observer (VOD/Digital)

Written & Directed by: Stephen Sander

Stars: Jennifer Chalamov, Amy Taffe, A.J. Popoff

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