14 items from 2014
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
American Graffiti: before Luke Skywalker was a kid from Tatooine, he was Ron Howard dreaming of escaping the wastelands of suburban California [my review] [at Netflix] Inside Deep Throat: doc about the making of the legendary porn film; fascinating, funny, infuriating, essential [at Netflix] Saved!: wicked black comedy sends up self-righteous religious fundamentalism [my review] [at Netflix] Serenity: the Firefly movie; can’t ever have too much Firefly [my review] [at Netflix] Dark Skies: familiar but effective haunted house-meets-alien abduction thriller [at Netflix] You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: an Adam Sandler movie that I don’t hate, and actually find rather sweet and progressive [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before dvd
Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Closed Circuit and Iron Man 3 star Rebecca Hall has joined the cast of Tumbledown , a new romantic comedy to be directed by Sean Mewshaw from a screenplay by Desi Van Til. Hall joins the previously-attached Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner and Joe Manganiello. Deep in the Maine woods, Hannah is unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of the biography she.s struggling to write, when she meets Andrew, a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband's life -- and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to craft the famous singer's story and begin to write the next chapter in their lives together. Sierra/Affinity plans to commence international sales of Tumbledown at this year.s European Film Market in Berlin. »
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, in its first week on iTunes, J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" joined the list in the #1 spot. Also new to the list is Jill Soloway's "Afternoon Delight." The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. All is Lost (Roadside Attractions, $6,206,804) 2. Kings of Summer (CBS Films, $1,315,590) 3. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 4. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 5. The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,506,546) 6. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 7. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company, $16,101,339) 8. Afternoon Delight (The Film Arcade, $174,496) 9. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881) 10. »
- Paula Bernstein
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, "Enough Said" and "The Spectacular Now" top the list. The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 2. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 3. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company, $16,101,339) 4. Reasonable Doubt (Lionsgate, N/A) 5. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 6. Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, $1,008,984) 7. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,506,546) 8. Life of a King (Millennium Entertainment, $4,300) 9. G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, N/A) 10. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881) »
- Paula Bernstein
We’re breaking form this week and going alphabetical instead of preference order because of the Incredible diversity of product available for you to rent, buy, or stream over the next ten days. How does someone really compare “Sunrise” to “You’re Next”? Why bother?
If you need to know, “Closed Circuit” and “Runner Runner” aren’t really worth your time and “A.C.O.D.” and “Riddick” are flawed but everything else in here comes with varying degrees of recommendation, particularly the quiet beauty of “Sunrise” and the incredible charm of “Enough Said”. We’re also loading you up since we’ll be off next week seeing flicks in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. There’s plenty in here to tide you over. Pick your favorites.
20 Feet From Stardom
Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
“20 Feet From Stardom”
One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries in years is likely to find an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
1. Vimeo: In September, Vimeo, the video platform, in partnership with Toronto International Film Festival, offered the Festival's world premiere films a $10,000 advance if they gave Vimeo the premiere digital window. Today, Vimeo announced that 13 films which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival will make their digital debut in 2014 exclusive on Vimeo On Demand. Will we see more deals like this in the future? You can bet on it. Read about the 13 films here.2. Top Indies in iTunes: Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store (combining rentals and purchases). This week, "I Give It A Year" and "Closed Circuit" top the list. It's worth noting that "I Give It A Year" was an iTunes Movie of the Week and was on sale for 99 cents, which, no doubt, helped to boost its popularity. See the full list of top indies in iTunes here. »
- Paula Bernstein
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store (combining rentals and purchases). This week, "I Give It A Year" and "Closed Circuit" top the list. It's worth noting that "I Give It A Year" was an iTunes Movie of the Week and was on sale for 99 cents, which, no doubt, helped to boost its popularity. Thee top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Give It A Year (Magnolia Pictures, $34,657) 2. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 3. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881) 4. Murph: The Protector (Starz/Anchor Bay, N/A) 5. A Single Shot (Tribeca Film, $18,642) 6. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,502,690) 7. Inequality for All (Radius-twc, $1,194,500) 8. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,517,110) 9. The Spectacular »
- Paula Bernstein
Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases: The Act of Killing [Blu-ray]- $25.46 (15% off) Runner Runner [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (50% off) Thanks for Sharing [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) Closed Circuit (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Throne of Blood (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) - $35.96 (10% off) Wicker Man [Blu-ray]- $16.99 (15% off) Archer: The Complete Season Four [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (38% off) The Following: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] - $31.99 (36% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Act of Killing (documentary about Indonesian death-squad leaders; not rated) Closed Circuit (thriller,;Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall; rated R) I'm So Excited! (comedy; Carlos Areces, Penélope Cruz; rated R) Summer in February (biographical romance about Edwardian artists; Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, Emily Browning; pretheatrical release) Cold Comes the Night (crime thriller; Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston; premieres 1/10 on Mod and in theaters; rated R...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? In director Joshua Oppenheimer's compelling, disturbing documentary, Indonesian gangsters like Anwar Congo recreate their crimes against humanity in the style of the movies they love. Besides the horrific actions they committed in the '60s as part of Indonesia's Pancasila Youth, what's particularly shocking is their crimes are completely open knowledge, and even celebrated in Indonesia.
Why We're In: "The Act of Killing" is short-listed for the Oscars, but it's definitely not for the squeamish.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Throne of Blood (Criterion)"
What's It About? Kurosawa's take on "Macbeth" takes place in feudal Japan, and stars the legendary Toshiro Mifune as an ambitious warrior looking to take over Spider's Web Castle. Isuzu Yamada appears as his Lady Macbeth-style wife.
Why We're In: Like all Criterion releases, this is jam-packed with extras, like two »
- Jenni Miller
Throne of Blood (Criterion Collection) I posted my review of Criterion's Blu-ray upgrade of Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood just yesterday. It was the first time I'd watched the film since first seeing it six years ago and really enjoyed it more than I did that first time, but I think that's just how it goes when you try and dive head first into these classic films. They're classics for a reason and sometimes it will hit you immediately and other times it takes a second viewing and just more film watching experience. For me Throne of Blood fell into the latter category and I'm glad it did. It doesn't always work out that way, but it's always better to find love in something rather than any measure of disappointment. You can read my full review here.
- Brad Brevet
In Closed Circuit, Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play two former lovers who find themselves on the same defense team in a high-profile British terrorism case. Soon they discover that their every move is being watched and that their lives are in jeopardy. For viewers who are interested in some of the nuances of the British courts systems as they relate to the story told in Closed Circuit, the list below may shed some light on an otherwise unfamiliar subject. Attorney General: The Attorney General (the character portrayed by Jim Broadbent) is one of the Law Officers of the Crown. … Continue reading →
The post VOD Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of Closed Circuit appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 6-12 The Act of Killing Indonesian, subtitled in English. This documentary examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated, challenging them to reenact their mass-killings in the style of movies they love. Anwar Congo (TV-ma, 2:02) 1/7 Back in the Day Unsatisfied with his career, Jim Owens heads home for his high school reunion. Jim tries to rally his friends for some good old-fashioned partying, but finds himself falling for the girl who got away. Available On Demand before DVD. Michael Rosenbaum, Nick Swardson (R, 1:34) 1/7 Closed Circuit In this international suspense thriller, a … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 6-12 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Happy New Year, dear readers! For all of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a good one, and it’s at last time for us to ring in 2014. This slightly belated first Trailer Trashin’ column of the year takes a look at another of my anticipated films of this year, Transcendence.
Premise: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. But in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed – to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall »
- Timothy Monforton
14 items from 2014