Romcom ‘First Blush’ Due on Digital and VOD Platforms Feb. 2 From Gravitas Ventures

The romantic comedy First Blush is coming to digital and VOD platforms Feb. 2 from Gravitas Ventures.

The modern millennial romantic comedy follows a young married couple who re-examine their relationship when they both form an attraction to another woman. Nena and Drew are a young, happy-ish married couple whose relationship is thrown off its axis when they meet Olivia. The trio’s attraction to each other is undeniable, but when they become romantically involved, they struggle to navigate the complications of a polyamorous relationship. The three push each other’s boundaries to their limits as they discover painful truths about who they are, what they want, and how to love in turbulent times.

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Written and directed by Victor Neumark, the film stars Rachel Alig (The Cleaning Lady), Ryan Caraway (West of Her) and Kate Beecroft (6 Underground).

 

Actioner ‘Simmer’ Due on Digital and VOD Jan. 26 From Level 33

The action thriller Simmer will be released on digital and VOD Jan. 26 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Written and directed by Stefan van de Graaff and Nick Rush, the film stars Marsuvio Sanchez (“Better Call Saul”), Richard Keep, Travis Su’a, Chris Eguizabal, Monica Lopez, Eric Wood, Elvia Martinez, Eliana Su’a and Oscar Sanchez.

It follows a young man (Sanchez) who finds out his family will be deported if he doesn’t pay government-imposed fees. He turns to his boss who offers him an opportunity as a black-market driver to earn the money.

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Crime Thriller ‘Coming From Insanity’ Heading to Digital and On Demand Jan. 12 From Level 33

The crime thriller Coming From Insanity will be released on digital and on demand Jan. 12 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film — based on the true story of a notorious currency counterfeiter with genius-level intelligence — follows Kossi, one of many children trafficked and sold into servitude in Nigeria. He grows up and becomes frustrated with his life as a domestic worker. Dreaming of a better life, he turns to his natural abilities and masters the art of counterfeiting U.S. dollars. Floating the most flawless bills in town, he lands on the radar of a determined currency agent who will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.

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The film won the Programmer’s Best First Feature Narrative at the Pan African Film Festival; Best Screenplay at the Five Continents International Film Festival; Best Thriller Feature at the Five Continents International Film Festival; and the Audience Choice Award Best Feature at the PressPlay Film Festival. It picked up a Special Mention, Team Performance Feature Film, at the Five Continents International Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Best International Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival.

Lionsgate Acquires ‘Silk Road’ for U.S. Theatrical, Digital, VOD Release Feb. 19, Disc Release Feb. 23

Lionsgate has acquired the crime thriller Silk Road for U.S. theatrical, digital and VOD release Feb. 19 and Blu-ray and DVD release Feb. 23.

Written for the screen and directed by Tiller Russell, the film stars Jason Clarke, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Jimmi Simpson, Katie Aselton, Lexi Rabe, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Stewart and Paul Walter Hauser.

Based on true events, Silk Road focuses on the young, affluent, and highly motivated entrepreneur Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson), whose ambitious goal is to launch the Internet’s first completely anonymous and unregulated marketplace. With Ulbricht’s passion for the possibilities his invention offers the world, his site — the Silk Road — becomes the world’s fastest-growing drug market, catching the focus of disgraced DEA agent Rick Bowden (Clarke). A dinosaur with a habit for substance abuse and blowing cases, Bowden once had street savvy in dark corners but is unprepared for the dark web as he struggles through tutorials on how to use the Internet. As both men’s private lives erode, with Bowden in over his head and Ross’s growing paranoia driving unthinkable choices, they cling to their jobs in an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse that have both men asking how far their idealism can take them.

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Silk Road is based on the Rolling Stone article “Dead End On Silk Road” by David Kushner. Years after the legal conclusion of the investigation, the Silk Road saga continues to make headlines, as it was recently reported that $1 billion in bitcoin connected to the site was recently moved for the first time in years — a signal that the criminals who operate in the darkest corners of the internet have not gone away.

Silk Road is a thrilling story with the kind of stranger-than-fiction details that can only come from a true story,” Lionsgate VP of acquisitions Lauren Bixby said in a statement. “This movie will keep audiences riveted by its cat and mouse game of a criminal mastermind being tracked by a hot-headed narc.”

Nicolas Cage Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’ Due on DVD Dec. 22 From Paramount

The Nicolas Cage actioner Jiu Jitsu will come out on DVD Dec. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The title is available now on VOD and digital and in select theaters.

The sci-fi actioner follows an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters who face a vicious race of alien invaders in an epic battle for the survival of Earth. The film also stars Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos, Juju Chan and Tony Jaa.

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Action Thriller ‘Reversion’ Headed to Digital and VOD Dec. 15 From Level 33

The action thriller Reversion will come out on digital and VOD Dec. 15 from Level 33.

The film follows an ex-Marine accused of assassinating the president of the United States. Hiding out in a secluded house, he tries to convince his hostage that he’s not the one who killed the president — it was a clone.

Directed by Christopher R. Miles, the film stars Isaac Stephen Montgomery, Marshal Glenn and Vic Stagliano.

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‘Michael Smerconish: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking’ Due on DVD, EST and VOD Dec. 8 From Virgil

The documentary Michael Smerconish: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started will come out on DVD, digital sellthrough and VOD Dec. 8 from Virgil Films.

Smerconish celebrates his 30th year as a talk radio host in this one-man performance, which is both an intimate memoir and a unique explanation of the origin of nation’s partisan divide. He regales viewers with stories that range from meeting Ronald Reagan as a newly minted voter, dining for eight hours with Fidel Castro, entertaining rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famers’ Yes in his backyard and confronting the living members of Led Zeppelin with a demand that they reunite. Smerconish’s political journey from reliable Republican to one of the nation’s leading independent voices is both personal to him and a compelling explanation of the nation’s shift toward partisanship.

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He went to great lengths to ensure his account would come to life. The 2020 outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic coincided with the launch of what was to be a nationwide speaking tour. Tickets for a two-night Philadelphia launch sold-out in under five hours; other dates across country were about to be announced when the world went into lockdown. Undeterred, Smerconish recruited noted television director Chris Strand to oversee the recording of this onetime performance in the empty and historic Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa., on a stage once graced by theater royalty including Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Kevin Kline and Andrea McArdle.

The result is an engaging, informative, humorous and compelling look at America’s political landscape through the lens of a unique observer. In July of 2020, CNN aired a one-hour special featuring some of the material contained in this, the full program.

Doc ‘Guitar Man’ Coming to Digital and VOD Dec. 8 From Paramount

The documentary Guitar Man, the story of legendary bluesman Joe Bonamassa, will be available on VOD and for digital purchase Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film tells the story of the incredible rise of blues-rocker Bonamassa, whose hard work and determination have made him one of today’s top-selling blues artists. With more No. 1 blues albums than anyone else in history, Bonamassa pulls back the curtain on his career, allowing us to see his remarkable musical achievements and pioneering style.

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The documentary features behind the scenes interviews and live concert footage, showcasing Bonamassa’s astounding talent from his childhood as a “wunderkind” discovered and mentored by Blues legend B.B. King. At the age of only 43, Bonamassa has an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Through highs and lows, he persevered, taking his musical journey into his own hands to overcome challenges and reach his goals. In 2009, Bonamassa fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and was joined on stage by Eric Clapton, marking a pivotal moment that elevated his music to the next level.

Sci-fi Thriller ‘Songbird’ to Debut Via PVOD Dec. 11

The STX Films sci-fi thriller Songbird, produced by Michael Bay, will premiere in the United States as a premium VOD release Dec. 11.

The film will be available at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental.

Songbird is the first film to shoot in Los Angeles entirely during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the studio.

Directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark), the film is about fighting for love at the end of the world. It stars K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore.

Songbird will bow on a “major streaming service” in 2021, according to the studio.

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Horror Title ‘The Beach House’ Bows on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15

The horror film The Beach House will come out on VOD, digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15 from AMC’s RLJE Films and Shudder.

The directorial feature debut of Jeffrey A. Brown, who also wrote the screenplay, the film stars Liana Liberato (“Light as a Feather”), Noah Le Gros (A Score to Settle), Maryann Nagel and Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, “13 Reasons Why”).

In the film, hoping to reignite their relationship, college students Emily (Liberato) and Randall (Le Gros) arrive at their weekend getaway only to discover a peculiar older couple already staying there. They all agree to share the home but, after an indulgent night of partying, they’re awoken to a living nightmare of apocalyptic proportions. A mysterious airborne microbe has infected the water and it’s making its way to the house.

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