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New to Streaming: ‘Hellion,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘World War Z,’ ‘Omar,’ and More

Written by on June 13, 2014 


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 (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage

4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)


Capitalizing on his unfortunate marginalization, Abel Ferrara creates a small, intimate canvas for the apocalypse subgenre, the one most succinct to big-budget bombast. With a clear Ferrara stand-in and his real-life partner, he uses the threat of the end to confront the demons that’ve haunted all his work, whether love, communication, addiction or art. – Ethan V.

Where to Stream: Netflix

The Art of the Steal (Jonathan Sobol)

When you’re looking to create a successful heist flick it’s usually a good idea to keep things simple — make everything as airtight as possible, don’t try for too many twists and turns, and maybe throw in a double cross to add a bit of intrigue. This is something that the underrated television show “Leverage” excelled at, allowing its stellar cast to shine above its crime of the week formula. When the theft itself is a foregone conclusion and you know it will all end in a winking smirk, you’ll find that the ability to merely enjoy the players doing their thing proves much more enjoyable than some convoluted ordeal hiding plot holes with even more outlandish plot holes. I didn’t think Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal would be one of these gems when I sat down to watch. – Jared M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Devil’s Knot (Atom Egoyan)

The most disturbing thing about the case regarding those most commonly known as the West Memphis Three is that some version of it can be still happening, right now. The details are public, thanks in large part to the documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as Amy Berg‘s more recent West of Memphis, but the newest film on the subject, Devil’s Knot — a dramatization by master filmmaker Atom Egoyan — casts its glance toward the first part of this saga, only briefly including a scene wherein the efforts of those making Paradise Lost are required. – John F. (full review)

See Also: Our interview with Atom Egoyan.

Where to Stream: Netflix

Girl Most Likely (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)


Girl Most Likely begins with a childhood flashback of a young girl, which is then followed by an extended point-of-view shot of the same woman many years later. While these are two distinctly different forms of cinematic storytelling, they each try to establish that this will be a film that explores womanhood and its challenges and inherent humor. The woman at the center of this is, of course, to be portrayed by Kristen Wiig. – Ethan V. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Hellion (Kat Candler)


One of the first real stunners of the year has arrived with Kat Candler‘s heart-wrenching dramaHellion. Much like last year’s Short Term 12, this is a feature-length film expanded from an already produced short that depicts troubled kids and the equally troubled adults tasked with providing stability in an unstable world. Anchored by an amazing cast who give their all to conjure emotionally-draining performances one won’t soon forget, each character is set onto a path towards learning what it means to be responsible for one’s own actions. For those of us unfortunate enough to live tragic-filled lives, it’s easy to blame circumstances, lash out at those doling out punishment, and completely ignore one’s own capacity to rise above hardship and prove detractors wrong. We’d rather throw a tantrum and play the victim than hold ourselves accountable. – Jared M. (full review)

See Also: Our interview with Kat Candler.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

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