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New to Streaming: ‘Nostalghia,’ ‘Enough Said,’ ‘You’re Next,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ & More

Written by on January 3, 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.

A.C.O.D. (Stu Zicherman)

Arriving in a tiny theatrical release, A.C.O.D. is a hilarious, dark-tinged comedy, with Adam Scott perfectly cast as a successful restauranteur who was, as a kid, the subject of a psychological study (led by Jane Lynch) that became a best-seller. His divorced parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) are a nightmare, and Scott does his best to protect his brother (Clark Duke) from their destructive vortex as he plans his wedding. Funny and painfully perceptive at times, the film also shows off a side of Atlanta, GA we rarely seen on screen. – John F.

Where to Stream: Amazon, Google

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine)

In October of 2006, at a disastrous multiplex test screening in suburban New Jersey, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane left a mainstream audience shaken. The film had this misfortune of screening the day following a shooting that left six dead at an Amish school outside of Lancaster, PA and the audience apparently wasn’t in the mood for this brand of an intense horror. In the six years since, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane has become a heavily anticipated urban legend. I can report the film delivers what it sets out to and over half-a-decade later, I still remember it. (That that’s more than I can say for Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.) Director Jonathan Levine has since had a very diverse career including directing several notable comedies with The Wackness, 50/50 andWarm Bodies. With a hard edge including lots of blood and gore, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is a stylish exercise, at times putting style above substance. The film has now finally arrived on Netflix, so you will have time to get in the proper mindset for what the film delivers — and it delivers in a big way. – John F.

Where to Stream: Netflix

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)

While Hollywood attempts to conjure the latest harrowing characters and situations in their offerings, one documentary this summer proves that nothing can beat the real thing, for Joshua Oppenheimer‘s document of real-life Indonesian serial killers is perhaps the most unforgettable experience one can have at the cinema this year. It’s a true testament to not only the film’s structure, but the bond our director created with these men that, without it, this — especially a devastating third act — could have easily been a superficial look at the events. Instead, its matter-of-fact nature will get under one’s skin and never let go. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: iTunes

The Best Offer (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Following this fall’s 25th anniversary re-release of his classic Cinema Paradiso, director Giuseppe Tornatore has returned with the mystery thriller The Best Offer. Initially premiering at Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, the Geoffrey Rush-led project is now on VOD. Following Rush as an art auctioneer who becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art (played by Sylvia Hoeks), it looks like an intriguing mystery, complete with music from Ennio Morricone and supporting turns by Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland. Jordan R.

Where to Stream: iTunes, Google

Beyond Outrage (Takeshi Kitano)

If you like your imported thrillers of the violent, crazy variety, then you’ve probably already taken a liking to Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. After debuting Outrage back in 2010, he’s returned for the follow-up, Beyond Outrage, tracking the police’s full-scale crackdown on organized crime and a yakuza battle that follows. The trailer features a mix of inventive killings, bloodshed, gunshots and a few laughs, and hints at a fun start to 2014.

Where to Stream: AmazoniTunes, Google

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