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Check out ‘Billie Holiday,’ Billie Eilish

- Brian Truitt

New streaming movies are coming to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times.

This weekend is full of musical Billies: Recent Golden Globe nominee Andra Day plays the iconic jazz singer in Lee Daniels’ new Billie Holiday biopic, and Grammy-winning teen sensation Billie Eilish is the subject of an Apple TV+ documentar­y. One new horror movie dives into Jewish lore, another reboots a 2000s franchise and oldschool cartoon pals Tom and Jerry are back in a live-action setting on HBO Max.

If that’s not enough to get you watching movies, Oscar contender “Minari” gets a digital release with its moving tale of a Korean family searching for the American dream starring Steven Yeun and Yuh-jung Youn.

Here’s a rundown of new movies hitting streaming and on-demand platforms this week, for every cinematic taste:

If you want to see a star being born: ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’

In her first lead acting role, Day – whose day job is Grammy-nominated singer – gives a stunning, powerful portrayal as Holiday in a movie that chronicles how the government went after the jazz star for singing “Strange Fruit,” a ballad about the lynching of Black people the feds worried would galvanize the nascent civil rights movement.

The film on the whole doesn’t rise to her heights, though offers moments that viscerally explore Holiday’s rough childhood and the treatment of Black people in Jim Crow America.

● Where to watch: Hulu

If you live and die for the ‘Bad Guy’ (duh): ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry’

It probably won’t change your tune about whether you like her music, but R.J. Cutler’s hefty documentar­y (clocking in at an “Avengers”-like two and a half hours) is a comprehens­ive, behindthe-scenes deep dive into the young pop music phenomenon, from home footage of Eilish’s kid years to sweeping the Grammys last year.

It’s most interestin­g not as a rock doc but more as a revealing look at a teen not always the best at taking care of herself but who leans on her family to help keep her on the right track.

● Where to watch: Apple TV+

If you seek a different take on the time-loop movie: ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’

The title character, a gay Nigerian American teen (Steven Silver), is pulled over by cops on the way to see his closeted boyfriend (Spencer Neville), is shot and killed, and then wakes up violently to relive the same day. It’s not exactly “Groundhog Day”: Tunde doesn’t seem to know he’s in a time loop yet learns new things about those around him every day that ends in tragedy (and not always the same way).

But the film inventivel­y finds a path to explore a variety of social issues and manages to still be uplifting.

● Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

If you need a seriously great scary movie: ‘The Vigil’

While there are some “Exorcist” vibes at play, this outstandin­g chiller feels refreshing­ly original and is totally freaky as a possession film filled with religious myth and historical connection­s. Yakov (Dave Davis) is a Jewish Brooklynit­e whose faith has lapsed but needs money, so he agrees when his old rabbi asks him to be a “shomer” and watch over the body of a community member who’s recently passed. The gig proves terrifying when a demonic dybbuk shows up and Yakov wages an all-night battle for his soul.

● Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play

If you like to see people murdered by lumber: ‘Wrong Turn’

It’s not often a reboot surpasses the original, especially with horror flicks, yet this new and extremely gory “Wrong Turn” lends a cool bent to the backwoods slasher series.

Matthew Modine stars as a dad who gets worried after he hasn’t heard from his daughter (Charlotte Vega) six weeks after she and her friends began hiking the Appalachia­n Trail, and everybody gets up close and personal with The Foundation, an isolated group of hill folks who wear animal skull masks and really don’t like trespasser­s.

● Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

If you’re not sick of the pandemic yet: ‘Safer at Home’

Writer/director Will Wernick’s pandemic thriller imagines a dystopian LA of 2022 where the vaccine didn’t work and hundreds of millions have died. A group of friends meets over video chat to celebrate a birthday and take some ecstasy in quarantine, but the Zoom party’s ruined when an accident occurs that sends everybody into histrionic­s and folks go out during curfew, running afoul of no-nonsense cops. It’s like a “Black Mirror” episode with a fun premise and forgettabl­e execution.

● Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now

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PROVIDED BY SABAN FILMS Jen (Charotte Vega) and her dad (Matthew Modine) face violent people in “Wrong Turn.”

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