Trauma and Drama

(Above: Mark Ruffalo in ‘Dark Waters.’ Source: YouTube video)

Three recent theatrical releases – Queen & Slim, Dark Waters and Charlie’s Angels – make their streaming debuts today, February 18. The first two deal with the weighty issues of racism and corporate corruption. The third is yet another remake of a classic TV romp.

Queen & Slim

A black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and woman (The Last Ship’s Jodie Turner-Smith) are on a first date when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic infraction. The incident soon escalates, with the man killing the officer in self-defense. Panicked, the couple go on the run. Meanwhile, the entire episode, which was captured on video, goes viral, galvanizing feelings across the country.

The film is described as “a timely and powerful love story that confronts the staggering toll of racism where it meets the shattering price of violence.”

The cast includes Chloë Sevigny and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bass player Flea as Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd.

The film was directed by Melina Matsoukas. Lena Waithe wrote the script.

Queen & Slim is available to purchase for $19.99 via Amazon or Vudu. It will start renting on Tuesday, March 3.

Dark Waters

Mark Ruffalo stars as a former corporate lawyer investigating the connection between a growing number of unexplained deaths and one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process of fighting for social justice, he puts his career, family and life at risk.

The cast includes Les Misérables’ Anne Hathaway, The Shawshank Redemption’s Tim Robbins, The Sinner’s Bill Pullman and Joker’s Bill Camp.

Todd Haynes directed, and Ruffalo served as a producer.

The film is based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich.

Dark Waters costs $19.99 to own from Amazon or Vudu. It will start renting on Tuesday, March 3.

Charlie’s Angels

This 2019 reboot stars Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, Aladdin’s Naomi Scott and newcomer Ella Balinska as the three fearless, highly skilled, butt-kicking employees of the Townsend Agency, the investigative firm that tackles dangerous — and glamorous — cases. Elizabeth Banks plays their boss, Bosley.

In this iteration, the mysterious Charles Townsend assigns the Angels to “protect a revolutionary technology” from being weaponized.

The Angels are assisted by Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart, Blood Diamond’s Djimon Hounsou), The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo.

You can buy to stream now for $19.99 from Amazon or Vudu. It will be available to rent on Tuesday, March 10.

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