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Now Streaming: The Grand Budapest Hotel and 300: Rise of an Empire

by | June 3, 2014 | Comments

Wes Anderson’s latest film and a highly stylized sword-and-sandal action sequel lead the pack on streaming video this week; both films are available for purchase and rent. Netflix also added a handful of notable indie titles that got some attention last year, including an unconventional documentary on the fishing industry and a surreal thriller about a man descending into madness at the happiest place on earth. Read on for details:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

92%

Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave, a concierge at a swanky European hotel with an eccentric guest list. When Gustave’s rich octogenarian paramour bequeaths him an invaluable painting, he draws the ire of her outraged son; chaotic hilarity ensues.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

300: Rise of an Empire

45%

In this sequel to 300, a band of plucky seafaring Spartans, lead by Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the mighty Persian navy, headed by Artemisia (Eva Green); as we eventually learn through a series of flashbacks, this fight is partially driven by personal animosity.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Leviathan

83%

Leviathan is a unique, meditative documentary about commercial fishing boats and their environs.

Available now on: Netflix

Child’s Pose

92%

This Romanian import is a thriller about a woman who goes to great lengths to cover for her son after he kills a teenager in a car crash.

Available now on: Netflix

Big Bad Wolves

76%

This revenge thriller is the story of a cop who tries to extract a confession from the man he believes to be the killer of a young girl.

Available now on: Netflix

Escape from Tomorrow

58%

This Sundance favorite is a surreal drama about a family’s ill-omened trip to Disney World, filmed entirely within Disney World without permission.

Available now on: Netflix

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