What’s fresh in theaters and on demand



— Eric Raddatz is the Presentation Editor at Florida Weekly, host of the indie film series T. G. I. M. and the founder of Fort Myers and Naples Film Festivals. Email him. ¦

— Eric Raddatz is the Presentation Editor at Florida Weekly, host of the indie film series T. G. I. M. and the founder of Fort Myers and Naples Film Festivals. Email him. ¦

Who has figured out streaming yet? Not me.

And just how many SVODs (Subscription Video On Demand) channels do you actually need to subscribe to before you can watch all that you really want to? You would think Netflix, Apple TV+, Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+ and Peacock should just about have you covered, right?

While this may make you wish for the days you had cable, perhaps regretting you ever cut the cord, just remember — you may not have found some of your shows there either. But fear not. There are more options.

Even considering AVOD (Advertising Video On Demand), which is free with ad-support channels, and TVOD (Transactional Video On Demand) or television shows that you can rent or buy, you still may come up empty with selections you desire.

If you have Roku or Reelgood, each of which allow you to type in and see which platform may be playing the film you are thinking of before searching each channel separately, you may save some time. Even then, you may not find what you’re looking for.

So if you are tired of watching nonstop old episodes of “The Office” “Friends” and “Gossip Girl,” here are a few fresh offerings to stream or in theaters for your consideration.

¦ “I am Greta”

Will young people save the world? Is there enough time to save our planet from climate change? Young Swedish activist and teenager Greta Thunberg felt she was not doing enough and had to do something. And she did on a global level. Passionately preaching that we are in the midst of a mass extinction, she’s vocal about it, and she tours, speaking at the United Nations and all over the world. In this documentary that originally screened at Toronto International Film Festival, we get the back story of just how this little girl is taking on the future, getting the attention of political leaders all over the world and insisting she will not stop until she has saved us all. 1h 37m. Hulu Nov. 13.

¦ “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”

The magic is alive and is found within the granddaughter of inventor Jeronicus Jangle, whose most prized invention is stolen in Cobbleton by his apprentice after a journey that reawakens power to change their lives forever. Starring Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin. PG; 2h 2min on Netflix Nov. 13.

¦ “The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special”

In this animated Disney film, Star Wars Lego characters get all mixed up in a cross-timeline adventure where Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, C3PO Luke, Yoda, Darth Vader, Han Solo and more end up reuniting in an adventure that spins them away from a Life Day feast. Will they get back in time and possibly even learn the true meaning of the holidays? You must watch and see. But if it’s anything like the cheesy Star Wars Holiday special shot in 1978, you can be sure for the best. Voiced by some from the original Star Wars movies’ casts, and others. TV-G; 44min. Streams Nov. 17 on Disney+.

¦ “The Croods: A New Age”

The Croods are the world’s first family and they know to stay together as a pack. In this DreamWorks animated sequel to the 2013 film “The Croods,” they are in search for the perfect place to call home. Along their journey they meet the Bettermans, who believe they are better and more evolved. Now they face their biggest challenge yet — an adventure with a newfound family. With Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Mann, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Dinklage, Clark Duke, Chris Sanders, Randy Thom, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran. PG; Releases Nov. 25 in theaters.

¦ “Happiest Season”

Excited about Christmas? What about the thrill of introducing your family to your love interest for the very first time? But when Abby learns that Harper has not told anyone at home that that they are gay, it presses the relationship, and the holidays. The romantic comedy explores family acceptance and staying true to yourself while keeping your partner merry. Starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy and Mary Steenburgen. PG-13; Nov. 25 in theaters.

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