The Rise of Gru, Lightyear, Resurrection + More


It’s time for family fun this weekend thanks to this week’s new movies on VOD! Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gruza prequel to Despicable Me that offers insight into Gru’s origins, is now out on VOD, as is Disney/Pixar’s light year which, in similar fashion, tells Buzz Lightyear’s origin story.

Not interested in watching a movie with the kids? How about Resurrection, a movie that the majority of reviews calls “deranged”? In the film, Rebecca Hall stars as Margaret, a woman who has established herself as a career-driven single mother who has succeeded in spite of a horrific, abusive past at the hands of a former lover, David (Tim Roth). When David reappears in Margaret’s life after two decades, she begins to suffer panic attacks and trembles at the sight of him. Ultimately, she reveals the most terrible, awful thing that David did, and why she simultaneously fears him and is desperate to kill him. It’s… grotesque. Deranged, moment! But it’s what fuels Margaret’s panic and the film’s disturbing twists which veer from straight up revenge to something out of a psychological, supernatural horror.

These are just a few of the titles that are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and through your cable service this week. Check out what movies are available to buy or rent on demand now!


Minions: The Rise of Gruz is the fifth movie in the Despicable Me franchise, and the second prequel. (Who knew we’d one day be able to debate whether to watch the Minions movies in chronological vs. timeline order?! I really wouldn’t have predicted it.) While the 2015 film minions focused on the origin story of our little yellow evil-doers, The Rise of Gruz focuses on, yes, the rise of Gru. In this story, we meet Gru as a young boy, desperate to be a member of the Vicious 6, a villain supergroup led by Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson). Gru is kidnapped by the former leader of the Vicious 6, Wild Knuckles (a delightful, as always, Alan Arkin), complicating Gru’s situation when he realizes he has a choice now of villains to team up with.

where to stream Minions: The Rise of Gruz


light year has its detractors, those who don’t love the fact that Chris Evans, and not Tim Allen, voiced the beloved astronaut from the Toy Story franchise, and the film, despite making over $200 million at the box office, was considered a financial disappointment. The film, which also stars Keke Palmer, Uzo Aduba, and James Brolin, tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the “human space ranger” on whom the toy that starred in the previous films, was based, featuring a fantastical plot that bends time and adds even more complexity to Buzz’s relationship with Zurg, who is not technically Buzz’s father, but… Buzz himself? It’s a whole thing. (It’s worth noting that light year showed up on Disney+ this week, too.)

where to stream Resurrection

To Buy

light year
Just One Kiss
Love, Classified
A Royal Runaway Romance

To Rent:

Official Competition
Resurrection
Minions: The Rise of Gruz
mrs. Harris Goes To Paris
hypochondriac
allegoria
Gone In The Night
Mister Candid Camera
The Skunk Ape Experiments
Fanny: The Right To Rock
Butlers In Love
unsilenced
The Most Dangerous Game (2022)
Givers Of Death
Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down
Cave Rescue
Wild Men
Anais In Love

Liz Kocan is a pop culture writer living in Massachusetts. Her biggest claim to fame is the time she won on the game show Chain Reaction.

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