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New to Streaming: ‘Side Effects,’ ‘Simon Killer,’ ‘Persona,’ ‘This is the End,’ Something in the Air’ & More

Written by on September 20, 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, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below, and shoot over suggestions to @TheFilmStage.

Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh; 2013)

“Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” So says Liberace in what might be Steven Soderbergh‘s final feature film, Behind the Candelabra. A biopic about the flamboyant Las Vegas performer whose virtuoso piano skills and over the top extravagance made him a household name, the film dives into his personal relationship with a young animal trainer from Hollywood. Starring Michael Douglas as the lavish larger-than-life singer, constantly adorned in sparkling crystals outfits, and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the innocent young man who suddenly finds himself a boy toy, the central focus is on the couple’s burgeoning relationship and how it deteriorates throughout the years. Surprisingly less tame than one might imagine, Behind the Candlelabra is, also, unexpectedly standard fare when it comes to profiling a personality as grandiose as its central subject. – Raffi A.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video, iTunes

Boy (Taika Waititi; 2010)

Mostly thanks to Flight of the Conchords popularity at the time, Taika Waititi‘s Eagle Vs. Shark (starring Jemaine Clement) stirred some buzz stateside, but his latest feature Boy didn’t quite have the same effect. Premiering at Sundance three years ago, the coming-of-age drama went on to become the highest grossing New Zealand film, outclassing The World’s Fastest Indian. We got the film theatrically in the US early last year and now the sweet coming of age story is arriving on Netflix. It’s a charming, genuine look at growing up with little means and a fascination for Michael Jackson. – Jordan R.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

C.O.G. (Kyle Patrick Alvarez; 2013)

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.

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko; 2010)

While I wasn’t as taken with Lisa Cholodenko‘s dramedy as many others were back in 2010, it’s a pleasant enough look at family. Serving as a dramatic break out of sorts for Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, playing siblings who want to connect with their biological father (Mark Ruffalo), there’s a sitcom-y feel the film can’t shake, but with strong performances by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, this one is worth a stream. – Jordan R.

Where to Watch: Netflix Instant

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