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New to Streaming: ‘Prince Avalanche,’ ‘Lovelace,’ ‘Arbitrage,’ ‘Desperado’ & More

Written by on August 9, 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 (or bi-weekly, depending on the worthy selection), 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, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage.

About Sunny (Bryan Wizemann; 2013)

Angela (Lauren Ambrose) never had an opportunity to escape once her ex-husband left. She had to stay behind and do her best. This meant working at a call center, moonlighting as a janitor, and frequenting a local strip club to pick up guys in hopes of a little sympathy cash once they woke to find her daughter standing at the bedroom door. There’s no time or money to tutor eight-year old Sunny (Audrey P. Scott), so when her boss Ted (David Conrad) offers a chance to triple a two grand investment overnight we know it can only end bad or worse. About Sunny works when its plot grows darker and darker once its abyss of convenience threatens to usurp bigger questions about motherhood and family. – Jared M.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal (Boris Rodriguez; 2013)

An original spin on generic horror tropes, Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal provides a nice mix of bloody mayhem and darkly comic wit. Centered on a seemingly washed up Danish painter named Lars (Thure Lindhardt) as he looks to reinvent himself as a teacher in Canada, the creative juices begin to flow freely again when his new ward Eddie (Dylan Smith) begins to gnaw on the neighbors. The blood helps him put paint to canvas which than in turn helps raise money for the school and win the heart of fellow teacher Lesley (Georgina Reilly). When the carnage begins to dissipate, however, we discover who the real monster is in a gory climax that hopes to inject some psychological terror into the otherwise campy fun. – Jared M.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg; 2013)

After watching Antiviral, the debut feature film from Brandon Cronenberg, there is a sense that the young filmmaker has been influenced by a myriad of different types of films and genres. Son of one of the kings of paranoid sci-fi, David Cronenber, lil’ Cronenberg is definitely paying homage not just to his father but iconic auteurs such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. It sounds like a potential winning formula for fans of bizarre and surreal futuristic cinema, yet Anitviral‘s effectiveness is underwhelming due mostly to the first-time filmmaker’s pitfalls, most of the film feeling like an amateurish, high-budget student film. – Raffi A.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki; 2012)

Just when it seemed the man was settling into the fade out so many once-movie stars face, Richard Gere reminds us why he became a star in the first place. Plainly said, he’s got the kind of charisma that could make a snake empathetic. And here, in Nicholas Jarecki‘s directorial debut, one of the most common, most-hated snakes in recent memory: a big wig New York financial wiz. This particular master of the world’s name is Robert Miller (Gere); his company, Miller Capital, shows a constant profit, a blueprint for success only matched by Miller himself. He’s got a smart, beautiful wife (Susan Sarandon) and a daughter (Brit Marling) poised to follow in his footsteps. – Dan M.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

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