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New To Streaming: ‘Only God Forgives,’ ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ & More

Written by on July 18, 2013 

The Ice Harvest (Harold Ramis; 2005)

This criminally under-appreciated dark comedy from director Harold Ramis features stand-out turns from both John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, two crooks who have no one to trust, themselves included. Set during a dreary Christmas holiday in Wichita Falls, this neo-noir sports sharp dialogue rarely allowed in the cinema these days. – Dan M.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

Intolerable Cruelty (Joel and Ethan Coen; 2003)

The Coen Brothers go full screwball here as George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones go cat-and-mouse playing a divorce lawyer and a serial divorcee, respectively. Initially dismissed as a minor work from the seminal filmmaking duo, the film has begun to get its due as a master class in a now-long lost brand of physical comedy. – Dan M.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn; 2013)

There’s little way to look at it: Only God Forgives is a thoroughly minor career entry — if not, however, a poor or overtly familiar one. While Nicolas Winding Refn often shows himself to be infatuated with the comic absurdity of violence — even the aftermath of Drive’s elevator scene is worth a chuckle — its corresponding brutality is, here, taken to a different height, frequently imparting the sense of a darker-than-night comedy about the worst familial strain we could dare dream up. It works, for the most part, a soft register be damned. Credit, too, for avoiding the easy route: this is not the film most would’ve made after they landed themselves in multiplexes, even more so when one of the world’s most famous men is positioned as your central star. – Nick N.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula; 1974)

Perhaps the silliest (and most entertaining) of the 1970s paranoid, our-government-is-out-to-get-us sub-genre, this thriller (directed by a very game Alan Pakula) stars Warren Beatty as nosy reporter Joe Frady, who digs a little too deep into a particular conspiracy theory. Once people start dying, Frady tries to get out, but they pull him back in, and so on and so forth. – Dan M.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

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