Happy 2021! Today marks the first day of the new year, something we’ve all been looking forward to for months. And while we can’t really go out and celebrate as we usually do on New Year’s Day, why not stay in and watch a new movie? This week, we’ve got plenty to choose from thanks to new releases across iTunes, Vudu, Prime Video and more. While it’s a slightly smaller roundup than normal with the year coming to a close and the holidays dominating the release schedule, there’s still some top picks coming to VOD today, and we’re here to help you choose the right ones to watch.
This weekend, we’re getting two action heavy-hitters with a new Liam Neeson movie, Honest Thief, and Chloë Grace Moretz’s Shadow in the Cloud war thriller. And if you’re in the mood for more of a laugh than a nail biter, turn to The Last Shift, a new comedy from Andrew Cohn about a fast food employee training his new replacement before calling it quits for good.
Curious about the rest of this week’s movie lineup? Check out the new releases and rentals, all available this weekend.
Liam Neeson is kicking off the new year with a fresh action movie, and this time he’s taking on the role of a professional bank robber named Tom Carter. He’s been spending years successfully stealing, but everything changes for Tom when he meets grad student Annie Wilkins (Kate Walsh) and falls in love. Hoping to start fresh, Tom agrees to turn himself into the authorities and return all of the money he’s stolen over the years in exchange for a reduced sentence. His plan sours when he’s unexpectedly framed for murder by the FBI agents when he turns himself in, and it’s up to Tom to clear his name and find justice. Honest Thief also stars Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, and Robert Patrick.
Shadow in the Cloud
After debuting at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, Shadow in the Cloud is hitting the small screen at home. Chloë Grace Moretz stars in the new war movie as Captain Maude Garrett, a World War II pilot who’s the only woman in an all-male crew. Maude is flying on a B-17 Flying Fortress carrying top-secret documents, but her mission is interrupted by the discovery of a sinister presence on the plane. It’s up to her to save her crew and protect the precious cargo from the mysterious evil onboard and an oncoming enemy ambush in the skies. Shadow in the Cloud also stars Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, and Benedict Wall.
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Hirokazu Koreeda’s 2018 film Shoplifters is an emotional, touching drama following a group of outsiders living in Tokyo who survive by stealing small items from grocery stores and markets. While returning from the store one day, Osamu (Lily Franky) and Shota (Kairi Jō) see a young girl locked out of her apartment and take her home for dinner with them, but they decide to let her stay and join their family when they suspect she’s been abused. Giving her a fresh start with a new name, they teach the young girl to shoplift and welcome her into their lives, but the arrest of Shota changes everything when the family’s crimes and secrets are discovered. Shoplifters earned the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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