‘Peace by Chocolate’ and other new movies to stream from home this week

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From the title alone, it’s no surprise that “chocolate peace” has a rather predictable happy ending, but that doesn’t make Jonathan Keijser’s feature debut any less enjoyable – based on the true story of a family who fled civil war in Syria for Canada.

In 2016, the Hadhad family is welcomed to the small town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where adapting to the winter weather is just one of the many challenges they face. Issam, in his fifties, was a master chocolatier before his factory in Damascus was bombed. Although his wife tells him to put this behind them, Issam begins making chocolate in their new kitchen. After news of his stunning confections goes around town, he soon has more orders than he can keep up with.

“Peace by Chocolate,” named after the business the Hadhads eventually opened in Antigonish, is endearing without being sugary. The main dramatic tension is between Issam (Hatem Ali) and his son Tareq (Ayham Abu Ammar), who had been a medical student in Syria and is torn between pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor in Canada and helping his family restore their business.

Charismatic Ali, a prolific Syrian actor and director who died at 58 the year filming wrapped, shines as a headstrong patriarch struggling to adjust to an unfamiliar country where he is crippled by not speaking. language. Some of the most poignant scenes depict the unlikely friendship that develops between Issam and Frank (Mark Camacho), the family’s initially gruff godfather.

At times, the film — which includes an actual clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau citing Hadhad as an achievement in a UN speech — could practically be a push for that country’s liberal refugee policy. Now that millions have fled another country, war-torn Ukraine, his message of hope seems particularly timely. TV-14. Available on demand. Contains brief, hazy images of wartime chaos. In English and Arabic with subtitles. 96 minutes.

In Independent Comedy-Drama »dinner in america“, a pyromaniac punk singer (Kyle Gallner) goes on the run after setting something on fire, and ends up being rescued by his biggest fan (Emily Skeggs), with whom he soon embarks on escapades criminal. According to Guardianthe film – which also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub and Lea Thompson – has a “twisty charm”, thanks to “two very good lead performers whose unexpected chemistry gradually makes this movie likeable”. Not rated. Available on demand. 106 minutes.

Adam Sandler stars in “Hustleas an unlucky talent scout for the Philadelphia 76ers who stumbles upon a promising unknown player (Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangómez) while overseas in Spain, hoping to revive their two careers by bringing the athlete to the United States without the approval of his team. A. Available on Netflix. Contains strong language. 117 minutes.

Based on a true story, “I am Charlie Walkerstars Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) as an incumbent trucking and construction contractor who, despite institutional racism, was awarded the contract to clean up a massive 1971 oil spill off the coast from San Francisco. Not rated. Available on demand. 90 minutes.

Starring Choi Woo-shik and Park Myeong-hoon from “Parasite,” the Korean crime thrillerThe line of the policeman » tells the story of a principled rookie cop (Choi) who teams up with a corrupt veteran (Cho Jin-woong of “The Handmaiden”) to investigate a major case. Not rated. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sling TV, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu and other on-demand and cable platforms. In Korean with subtitles. 119 minutes.

Alfonso E. Cramer