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New to Streaming: ‘Prisoners,’ ‘Museum Hours,’ ‘The Hunt,’ ‘Drug War,’ ‘Sightseers’ & More

Written by on December 13, 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 (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage.

The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)

Ken Loach is an artist who has boldly refused to compromise his creative vision, and that vision is in proper display here, with The Angel’s ShareThese days, Loach usually alternates between ultra-serious and decidedly light-hearted social commentary; this new film sits in the latter group. Starring Paul Brannigan as Robbie, a thug with a heart of gold, Loach digs into the current state of employment in Great Britain (and, for the matter, most of the world), especially for the rising generation of twenty-somethings. Robbie’s got a girl and, as the film opens, a new baby boy he is responsible for. Just given his final get-out-of-jail card by the state, he knows what’s at state but not how to escape what has become a life filled to the brim with violence. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix, AmazoniTunes, Google

Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland)

Led by Toby Jones, the film from Peter Strickland gives the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor his own Blow Out-esque role as he plays a sound engineer working for a horror maestro in the psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio. Although it has had a healthy festival run and a small theatrical release, we’ve unfortunately managed to miss out on this one, but with its recent addition on Netflix, there’s now no excuses. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Netflix

Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

A powerful documentary going behind the scenes to expose the truth about SeaWorld’s dirty little secret, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish shows the consequence of hubristic action. Centered on the death of Orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the film delves all the way back to the 70s to explain the extensive history of whale captivity and its horrific conditions leading to Tilikum earning the name Killer Whale. Everyone interviewed has extensive first-hand knowledge of the industry and/or Tilikum himself to paint a picture of just how dangerous mankind’s ego can become when bottom-line is king and the people in its control are too young and naive to realize what’s happening. One of the scariest films of the year, we’re shown the tragic result of our yearning to control nature. – Jared M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

C.O.G. (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)

Starting off with the cliché story of two recent wealthy college grads setting off into the world to find themselves, we join David (Jonathan Groff) after he graduates Yale. He’s in Oregon and starting to work on a farm picking apples. Pompous but also curious and ignorant, David has no sense of the fact that these people’s lives revolve around what he views as a vacation. He’s supposed to meet his friend, a fellow female graduate, and they were supposed to have a journey together starting at the farm, but those plans fall through. So, he’s left there. Of course, he decides to make the best of it and see what all of this is about. The humor, in all its quirky glory, is what is the lasting impression of C.O.G. If you aren’t quick yourself, you might not catch some of the smaller details that soften the blows. But there’s an undeniable charm to C.O.G. that is part of its honesty in human ugliness. – Bill G. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Drug War (Johnnie To)

Lines and lines of information weave in and out of each other at a pace far too liminal and frantic for any one person to be on top of any single thing at any given moment — an infrastructure built on the paradoxical give-and-take of data heaps clouding the human judgement of moral superiority. These are not the CIA operations of Zero Dark Thirty, but the day-to-day flow of the Hong Kong police force in Drug War, a crime drama — from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To — which dares to stick its middle finger directly in the face of a government taking itself to any end in hopes of earning the statistical victory, no matter how body-strewn it all may prove. – Nick N. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

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