— Michael O'Sullivan
In the enervated, not-quite-erotic thriller “Clementine,” a messy breakup prompts a young woman named Karen (Otmara Marrero) to stalk her ex in absentia, by breaking into her gorgeous mid-century lake house in Oregon and setting up a form of fugitive housekeeping. When a mysterious girl named Lana turns up, things get . . . stranger? Not really. Writer-director Lara Gallagher makes a muted feature debut that evokes such films as “Swimming Pool” and “Always Shine,” but without the narrative momentum and psychological depth that made them so engrossing. With its breathy tonal atmosphere and wispy story, “Clementine” bobs along on the surface, with nowhere particularly interesting to go. A bright spot is Sydney Sweeney, who does an impressive job of shape-shifting from a childlike teenager to something wilder and more feral. Unrated. Available May 8 at clementine.oscilloscope.net. Contains teen drinking, drug use and adult themes. 90 minutes.
— Ann Hornaday
When an Illinois plastics factory shuts down in the blue-collar Trump Country that is the setting of “Working Man,” a laid-off employee (Peter Gerety) continues to show up at his old work station, scrubbing down the equipment in the absence of electricity to power his old machine. But after a co-worker (Billy Brown) finds a way to get the juice turned back on, many of the other fired workers start showing up too — in hopes of a promised payday — by fulfilling unfinished orders for former clients. What starts out as a drama about Quixotic resistance in the face of a failing Rust Belt economy, and the false promises of politicians, gradually turns into something deeper and more moving, thanks to the fine cast (which includes Talia Shire). Slowly, quietly, writer-director Robert Jury’s debut feature becomes not just about finding money in tough times, but finding meaning. Unrated. Available on various streaming platforms. Contains coarse language, mature thematic elements and smoking 108 minutes.
Set in an unnamed Northern Irish city, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” tells the story of a single mother (Sarah Bolger), whose home is invaded by a criminal (Andrew Simpson) looking for a place to stash drugs. According to the Guardian, the movie, which combines gritty, kitchen-sink realism with elements of a thriller “holds together thanks to vivid performances.” Unrated. Available May 8 on Film Movement Virtual Cinema. 97 minutes.
In “Accommodations,” a Manhattan wife and mother upends her family’s upscale status quo when she stops accommodating those around her and sets out on in search of creative self-fulfillment. TV-MA. Available on various streaming platforms. 68 minutes.
Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs, a Hungarian actor who has made a career as an action star out of his resemblance to the late Charles Bronson, stars in the psycho-killer horror throwback “Cry Havoc.” Unrated. Available on various streaming platforms. 85 minutes.
“Becoming” is a documentary that follows former first lady Michelle Obama on a tour promoting her best-selling 2018 memoir of the same name. PG. Available on Netflix. Contains some mature thematic elements and brief strong language. 89 minutes.
In the supernatural screwball comedy “On a Magical Night,” a French woman with a history of marital infidelity (Chiara Mastroianni) is visited by the ghosts of former lovers. According to Slant, “The result is a little like a gimmick masquerading as plot.” Unrated. Available May 8 at afisilver.afi.com. In French with subtitles. 86 minutes.
Filmmaker Sasha Neulinger’s documentary “Rewind” excavates a history of child abuse in the director’s family using copious camcorder footage shot by Neulinger’s father when the filmmaker, born in 1989, was a boy. According to Variety, the documentary “has the effect of a moral thriller.” PG-13. Available May 8 on various streaming platforms; also airing on PBS’s “Independent Lens” on May 11. 86 minutes.
The food documentary “The Delicacy” explores the harvesting and consumption of the sea urchin. Unrated. Available on Somm TV. 70 minutes.
Shot on low-res video, but artfully edited, according to the New York Times, “The Plagiarists” tells the story of a young couple (Lucy Kaminsky and Eamon Monaghan) who are taken in — in more ways than one — by an enigmatic stranger (William Michael Payne, a.k.a. Clip, of Parliament-Funkadelic) during a snowstorm. The Times writes that this “social and philosophical investigation disguised as a gleefully barbed satire” deserves to become an “art house conversation starter.” Unrated. Available on various streaming platforms. 76 minutes.
In 2015, a group of young people paddled for 10 days through the swampy wetlands of New Jersey’s Meadowlands by canoe, documenting their journey past toxic waste sites and the New Jersey Turnpike in “Back Water.” Unrated. Available May 8 on Apple TV Plus and Amazon Prime. 65 minutes.
Based on a best-selling 2006 novel by Camilla Gibbs, “Sweetness in the Belly” stars Dakota Fanning as a woman who was abandoned by her parents in Morocco as a child and raised by a Sufi cleric. Centering on the character’s return to England, where she was born, and her relationship with a fellow refugee (Wunmi Mosaku), the film, despite what the Undefeated calls “moments of grace,” is “too simple.” Unrated. Available May 8 on various streaming platforms. 110 minutes.