New movies to stream this week: ‘Black Site’, ‘Along for the Ride’ and more
I love Michelle Monaghan – even in a fully fungible action thriller like “Black Site,” in which she portrays a CIA analyst playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer (Jason Clarke) who methodically goes after the personnel of a secret installation in the desert for the interrogation of terrorist suspects. Clarke, who has virtually no dialogue as an assassin named Hatchet (appropriately), takes on a beefy former military contractor (Jai Courtney) and other would-be victims as he dispatches them in spectacular fashion.
But that’s very much Monaghan’s show, as she plays a woman with a particular reason for wanting Hatchet apprehended: She holds him responsible for the deaths of her husband and child, who were killed in an explosion in a Turkish medical establishment which opens the film. The violent action is predictable and the plot slightly ridiculous at times. But Monaghan, who knows an action movie well (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) is never less than watchable.
Perhaps that’s why the ending of this second feature from director Sophia Banks, from a script by John Collee (“Hotel Mumbai”) and Jinder Ho, sets up the character of Monaghan for the (still completely theoretical) sequel “Black Site 2: This Time is Even More Personal. Not rated. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Redbox on Demand, Vudu and other on-demand platforms. Contains a strong and bloody violence and foul language everywhere 93 min.
Based on the young adult romance novel by Sarah Dessen, “On the way for the ride” tells the story of two insomniacs (Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli) who entertain each other in the middle of the night. Andie MacDowell and Dermot Mulroney also star. TV-14. Available on Netflix. 107 minutes.
Based on the book by Father James Martin, the documentary “Building a Bridge” examines the Catholic priest’s efforts to make the church more tolerant of the LGBTQ+ community. Not rated. Available on demand; also available June 21 on AMC Plus. 95 minutes.
“Randy Rhoads: Reflections from a Guitar Icon” is a documentary portrait of Rhoads, who was the lead guitarist for Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne before he died in a plane crash in 1982 at the age of 25. Unclassified. Available on demand. 85 minutes.
The documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known” returns to the Tony Award-winning musical in a one-night-only reunion concert in 2021 – the show’s 15th anniversary – to benefit the Actors Fund. TV-MA. Available on HBO Max. 83 minutes.