based on a 2010 New Yorker brief story via George Saunders, “Spiderhead” is a futuristic thriller starring Chris Hemsworth as Steve Abnesti, the director of an imaginative penitentiary that doubles as a testing laboratory for medicine that handle your feelings, with Miles Teller as his prize prisoner and guinea pig. The pharmaceuticals have some silly names: Laffodil for one which makes every dad funny story sound hilarious (“What do you name cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese.”), Luvactin for an aphrodisiac, Verbaluce for an eloquence-improving serum, and Darkenfloxx for — well, maybe don’t take that one. When Teller’s Jeff starts to cringe at some of Steve’s analysis methods, he finds his repute in the soft island sanctuary threatened, together with his relationship with a fellow convict (Jurnee Smollett). The movie with the aid of Joseph Kosinski (“accurate Gun: Maverick”), working from a screenplay through Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, retains Saunders’s veneer of darkish humor, layered over a greater serious satire of the modern impulse to pop a capsule for everything. (some of the medicine, however, have dubious purposes: Why would somebody take — not to mention make — a drug referred to as Phobica, that makes you fearful of, say, a stapler?) however the movie is suspenseful ample, and stylish. And the unresolved idea it leaves us with — that self-forgiveness is whatever thing we should create ourselves — is an excellent one. R. Purchasable on Netflix. Incorporates violence, coarse language and intercourse. 107 minutes. — M.O.
Julia Roberts has completed her most reliable to channel Martha Mitchell within the Starz collection “Gaslit.” but as the brief documentary “The Martha Mitchell effect” proves, there’s nothing like the precise component. Mitchell, who turned into married to legal professional normal and Richard M. Nixon crusade chairman John Mitchell, was one of the crucial notorious — and unfairly maligned — figures of the Watergate period. In Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy’s cogent, persuasive short movie, she emerges as a Cassandra-like figure: a person who become inclined to talk the certainty and was maligned, ridiculed and bodily threatened for her trouble. Like fresh revisionist histories about in a similar way marginalized girls, from Tonya Harding to Tammy Faye Bakker, the movie suggests Mitchell to have been a victim as a good deal of sexism and cultural silencing as of Nixon and his henchmen (together with her husband). “The Martha Mitchell effect” makes that case with out editorial commentary, enabling the images, sound bites and facts to speak for themselves. PG. Attainable on Netflix. Includes some mature thematic points, strong language and smoking. 40 minutes. — A.H.
German filmmaker Stephan Rick’s English-language remake of his personal 2011 thriller, “The respectable Neighbor” stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Luke Kleintank as Robert and David, neighbors who try to cover up David’s car accident that has led to the loss of life of a bike owner. R. Accessible on demand. Consists of powerful language. Ninety seven minutes.
The documentary “Halftime” gifts a superficial, cautiously managed portrait of Jennifer Lopez, in response to the manhattan times: “advanced topics like being a woman in a male-dominated movie industry and Hollywood double specifications are explored in brief; more regularly, Lopez feedback on fan-carrier subjects like the tabloids and that iconic Versace gown from the 2000 Grammys. Television-MA. Attainable on Netflix. Ninety five minutes.
according to a 2018 HuffPost article about Michigan retirees who used their lottery winnings to revitalize their homeland, the comedy “Jerry and Marge Go gigantic” stars Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening. PG-13. Obtainable on Paramount Plus. Contains some strong language and suggestive references. Ninety minutes.
The rom-com “My fake Boyfriend” follows Andrew (Keiynan Lonsdale), who can’t seem to quit the poisonous boyfriend who has just dumped him. When Andrew’s pals (Dylan Sprouse and Sarah Hyland) are trying to support the two flow on with the aid of developing false social media debts for Andrew’s perfect new boyfriend, “Cristiano,” the false relationship goes viral. In the meantime, Andrew meets a dream man in real existence. R. Obtainable on Amazon. Contains sexual cloth and crude language. 100 minutes.
Correction: a photo caption in an earlier version of this story misidentified actor Luke Kleintank of “The decent Neighbor” as Leo Kleintank. The caption has been corrected.