Nia Long in Netflix’s ‘Fatal Affair,’ new doc ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’

Theaters are still closed, but new streaming movies are coming to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times.

This weekend definitely offers a potpourri of releases: Young soldiers deal with the supernatural in a World War II psychological thriller, Lin-Manuel Miranda fans get a look at his early theater work in a new Hulu documentary, a visceral Holocaust movie tests your mettle as an empathetic viewer, and things get melodramatic in Australia with a new romantic drama.

If that’s not enough to get you online and watching movies, the 48th Dance on Camera Film Festival has gone virtual this year, running Friday through Monday. The festival premieres a bunch of shorts and feature films including “Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance” featuring Debbie Allen.

Streaming preview:10 must-see new movies to watch while stuck at home

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Here’s a rundown of new movies hitting streaming this weekend, for every cinematic taste: 

Skylar Astin (far left), Brenton Thwaite, Theo Rossi and Alan Ritchson star as Army soldiers holed up in a spooky French house formerly occupied by Nazis in the horror film “Ghosts of War.”

If you’re curious to see what a military haunted-house flick looks like: ‘Ghosts of War’

A group of battle-weary Army soldiers (Brenton Thwaites, Skylar Astin, Theo Rossi, Alan Ritchson and Kyle Gallner) are assigned to guard a chateau in Nazi-occupied France that once held German high command. However, the house has some dark secrets and a more supernatural threat worse than gun-toting Germans presents itself to the American grunts. While there are some decent jump scares in the film directed by Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”), and the movie’s huge twist packs a wallop, a head-scratching ending fumbles the positives.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses his time in a pre-“Hamilton” improvisational hip-hop group in the new documentary “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.”

If you’re in need of a rap-filled pick-me-up: Broadway documentary ‘We Are Freestyle Love Supreme’ 

“There’s a good chance no one will ever know who you are,” Thomas Kail says to his friend (and soon-to-be Broadway superstar) Lin-Manuel Miranda in the mid-2000s during a scene in the documentary about their improv hip-hop comedy musical troupe Freestyle Love Supreme. That line will garner a knowing smirk, but there are also laughs, rhymes and feels to be had with this entertaining and insightful origin story of sorts for Miranda and Kail’s pre-“Hamilton” passion project.

Where to watch: Hulu

“Father Soldier Son” (June 19, Netflix): The documentary follows a military family over the course of a decade, exploring the aftermath of a dad coming home injured from war and its effect on his sons.

If you could use a good cry: ‘Father Soldier Son’ documentary

Get ready to have your heart warmed when Army soldier – and single dad – Brian Eisch arrives home to Wisconsin for a two-week vacation to see his young boys, Isaac and Joey. But the thoughtful documentary gets much more touching and heartbreaking from there as it chronicles the family for the next 10 years: Brian is critically wounded in Afghanistan, he struggles physically and mentally with the aftermath, and his kids themselves weigh the cost of military service.  

Where to watch: Netflix

“Fatal Affair” stars Nia Long as a married woman who has an intimate encounter with an old friend (Omar Epps) and then learns he has a dark side.

If you’re yearning for a ridiculous escape: ‘Fatal Affair’

Nia Long is a San Francisco lawyer who’s got it all – from a loving husband (Stephen Bishop) to a new beachfront empty nest with their daughter (Aubrey Cleland) in college – yet still is persuaded into a moment of indiscretion with an old college friend (Omar Epps). He’s still crazy for her – emphasis on the “crazy” part – in this soapy and proudly bonkers psychological thriller. If you subsist on over-the-top Lifetime flicks, this “Affair” checks all the boxes. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Petr Kotlar stars as a Jewish boy on an epic quest through Eastern Europe to find refuge in the World War II drama “The Painted Bird.”

If you’ve got a strong stomach for gut-punching movies: ‘The Painted Bird’

Part Holocaust drama and part Homeric epic, this is a truly tough watch. Nearly three hours of black-and-white cruelty and brutality – done to man and beast alike, and much of it disturbing – fills the haunting tale of a pre-teen Jewish boy (Petr Kotlár) making his way through Eastern Europe during World War II. He meets different characters along the way, from a kind priest (Harvey Keitel) to a stoic Soviet solder (Barry Pepper), and viewers daring enough to make it through will find satisfaction by the end.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon 

Jenny Slate plays an artist who travels to Norway to paint a barn yellow in the dramedy “The Sunlit Night.”

If you’re feeling the urge for a Norwegian getaway: ‘The Sunlit Night’

The quirky dramedy stars Jenny Slate as an aspiring New York artist who’s inundated with a bevy of life-changing obstacles. To get her footing – and get a boost in the art world – she travels to Norway to paint a barn yellow with a local mentor (Fridtjov Såheim). While there, she meets a fellow New Yorker (Alex Sharp) who’s traveled to give his Russian dad a Viking funeral. Featuring eccentric supporting turns from Gillian Anderson and Zach Galifianakis, “Night” offers cool Nordic sights but not much else.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now 

A violinist (Lucy Hale) finds a new man (Leonidas Gulaptis) while working through a sex-centric to-do list in “A Nice Girl Like You.”

If you want a sex comedy to watch with your mom: ‘A Nice Girl Like You’

Lucy Hale shops for arousing toys and visits a brothel, but the romantic comedy (based on Ayn Carrillo Gailey’s self-help book “Pornology”) leans tame when it comes to ribaldry. After getting labeled a porno-phobe by her ex, strait-laced violinist Lucy (Hale) crafts a to-do list of sexy times to find her wild side – and, of course, falls for an Australian dude (Leonidas Gulaptis) happy to help out. It twists a few rom-com tropes and, for the old-school “Facts of Life” fans, casts Mindy Cohn as Lucy’s best pal.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

Garrett Hedlund and Kelly Macdonald are Aussies in love in the drama “Dirt Music.”

If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks jams and tanned Aussies equally: ‘Dirt Music’

The melodrama is hot and heavy in this overdone romance set in stunning western Australia and based on the Tim Winton book. Lu (Garrett Hedlund) is a former musician with a tragic backstory who poaches lobsters from a big-time fisherman (David Wenham), and Georgie (Kelly Macdonald) is the seafood baron’s girlfriend who uses wine and skinny dipping to escape her unhappy life. Lu and Georgie hook up, their relationship becomes dangerous for Lu, and Georgie desperately tries to find her new beau when he vanishes. 

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Fatal Affair,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda doc, more new movies to stream

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