Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles currently available for streaming.


Video on Demand


"Clemency": Alfre Woodard gives a powerful performance in this prison drama about a warden struggling with her marriage and the impact of frequently having to oversee death row executions. Last year, director Chinonye Chukwu became the first black female director to win the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. (Cable and digital VOD)


"Streetlight Harmonies": I'm a sucker for a good music documentary and have to point out that Brent Wilson's documentary on the history of doo-wop music has finally been released after playing the festival circuit a few years back. Packed with remastered archival footage and new interviews with iconic artists, it puts a spotlight on phenomenal a cappella singers who went from singing on street corners to taking over the Billboard charts in the 1950s and beyond; artists like the Drifters,tThe Coasters, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the Crystals. This film traces how the sound infiltrated popular music and influenced everything from the British invasion to boy bands like 'N Sync. (Cable and digital VOD)


Also on streaming services


"Blow the Man Down": If you enjoy offbeat thrillers, be sure to check out this delightfully original tale that takes place in a small portside town in Maine. You might scratch your head a bit when it starts off with lobstermen singing the old sea shanty that inspired the title, but sit tight because the first feature film from Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy is a true indie gem. Mary Beth and Priscilla are sisters reeling from the recent death of their mother and trying to keep a family business alive. Across town, Enid (Margo Martindale) makes a cozy living running a bed and breakfast that acts as a front for a brothel. Add in a murder, a cover-up, stolen money and some angry neighbors and you have one hell of a wild ride. (Amazon Prime, available in 4K Ultra HD)


"Portrait of a Lady on Fire": This sweeping historical romance from France was one of the most acclaimed films of 2019 across the globe. Winner of the best screenplay award and the queer palm at last year's Cannes Film Festival, director Céline Sciamma delicately tells the story of an artist named Marianne (Noémie Merlant) who heads off to a seaside mansion after being hired to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is set to soon be married off. From fleeting glances to an intense affair, the painter and her subject become intrinsically intertwined as the days pass. Gorgeously shot and acted, it's a must-see for lovers of foreign films. (Hulu)