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New to Streaming: ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Dressed to Kill, ‘Evil Dead II,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ & More

Written by on October 4, 2013 

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage.

American Gigolo (Paul Schrader; 1980)

Less the sleazy ‘80s fun its Blondie-scored opening credits would lead one to expect and, strangely enough, closer in construction to the work of Paul Schrader’s cinematic idol, Robert Bresson, American Gigolo efficiently works through the undesirable business of its central character to deliver a masculine study worthy of the helmer’s more famous screenplays. Richard Gere’s performance as the cool, calm, eponymous man-for-hire is among the best in a decades-long career, and the synthetic-sounding strings of Giorgio Moroder sell a broken world with gilded glamour. – Nick N.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

The Central Park Five (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David Mcmahon; 2012)

Ken Burns‘ controversial exploration of the 1989 Central Park Jogger Case hit theaters last fall ahead of a PBS airing, but now it’s arriving on Netflix. Directed with his daughter, Sarah, and David McMahon, the film caught fire with lawyers in New York, as they even attempt to subpoena notes and outtakes from the film, due to the extensive research done. As one of the most vital documentaries of last year, it’s a must-see. – Jordan R.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

The Dirties (Matthew Johnson; 2013)

If the found-footage concept relies on the belief that hand-held images will instantly signal reality, then it’s refreshing that The Dirties has the intelligence to directly pit verisimilitude against fantasy and subjectivity’s place within it. But as for the subject of the found-footage, we find two best friends, but more definitively. high-school outcasts and film buffs, Matt and Owen (the former played by the director Matt Johnson). They decide to document (with the help of an unseen cameraman) the making of their magnum opus, The Dirties, which sees them getting revenge against the school bullies. Their cast and crew consist virtually of themselves and a few accidental participants from their school and outside; itself mirroring the actual film’s use of real people. Though after their disastrous in-class screening, only making them the objects of even further scorn, it’s back to the drawing board as a far more real and deadly project is devised by Matt. – Ethan V.

Where to Watch: iTunes

Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma; 1980)

Like every cornerstone of Brian De Palma’s oeuvre, Dressed to Kill exposes its maker’s driving obsessions in a less-than-flattering, albeit wildly entertaining manner. This particular entry, among his finest, is in no short supply of the roving cameras, pitch-black humor, and leering directorial eye that we know him for, but it stands apart for being one of the most observant — both for its autobiographical roots (note the central interest of Keith Gordon’s character) and his then-wife, Nancy Allen, cast as a rare De Palma female taking agency. Sprinkle in one of Michael Caine’s most genuinely surprising performances, and your Saturday night just became a whole lot more fun. – Nick N.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

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