Streaming services are capitalizing on all the new Fall TV hitting the airwaves, with full seasons of returning shows like Gotham and How to Get Away With Murder, as well as brand new ones like The Muppets and Scream Queens. On top of that, we’ve got the usual roundup of classics and artful indies from Fandor and a handful of new releases available for purchase, including a steamy, muscular sequel. Read on for details.

New on Netflix:


Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 93%

Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age film stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as a couple of pre-teens who fall in love and run away from home together; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand also star.

Available now on: Netflix

Gotham: Season 1 (2014) 76%

FOX’s Certified Fresh drama, set during the early life of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), focuses on detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who struggles to tackle the criminal underworld of the city in the days before Wayne became Batman.

Available now on: Netflix

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (2015) 85%

Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a criminal defense attorney and professor teaching law students how to defend the accused, while tangling them up in a real-life murder mystery of their own.

Available now on: Netflix

The Bank Job (2008) 80%

Jason Statham stars as a 
petty thug who tries to execute the perfect heist in this Certified Fresh thriller, based on a real-life 1971 robbery.

Available now on: Netflix

Kung Fu Jungle (2014) 75%

Donnie Yen stars in an action thriller about a wrongly-convicted martial arts instructor who’s released from prison to help police track down a killer.

Available now on: Netflix

New on Hulu:


Gotham: Season 2 (2016) 74%

After you catch up on season one on Netflix, you can watch season two every week after it airs on Fox, beginning with the season two premiere, which is currently available to Hulu Plus subscribers.

Available now on: Hulu

The Muppets: Season 1 (2015) 64%

The Muppets are back! Tune in every week to see how Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang live their lives as they produce Miss Piggy’s talk show.

Available Wednesday, 9/23 on: Hulu

Blindspot: Season 1 (2015) 68%

NBC’s new mystery series centers on a tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) with amnesia whose body markings may hold the key to solving a crime.

Available now on: Hulu

Scream Queens: Season 1 (2015) 68%

The latest series from American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is a comedy-horror hybrid that focuses on a fictional sorority house whose members become entwined in a decades-old murder mystery.

Available Wednesday, 9/23 on: Hulu

New on Fandor


The Great Love (1969) 100%

Pierre Étaix  wrote, directed, and starred in this surreal 1969 comedy about a young man who daydreams about his future right as he is about to be married.

Available now on: Fandor

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) 100%

This groundbreaking ethnographic documentary – about an annual cattle drive undertake by Persian farmers – was the first feature from Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, the team that brought us King Kong.

Available now on: Fandor

Le Havre (2011) 99%

Aki Kaurismaeki‘s Certified Fresh dramedy tells the tale of a shoeshiner who befriends a young African refugee.

Available now on: Fandor

Pickpocket (1959) 95%

The great Robert Bresson’s influential masterpiece is a stylistically bold and psychologically complex portrait of a petty thief and the people in his orbit.

Available now on: Fandor

Available for Purchase


Magic Mike XXL (2015) 65%

The Kings of Tampa decide that if they’re going to leave the adult entertainment world behind, they should go out with a bang. So they head for the Male Strippers Convention in South Carolina to strut their stuff one final time.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Results (2015) 85%

Kevin Corrigan, Cobie Smulders, and Guy Pearce and  star in this comedy about a newly divorced rich guy who falls under the influence of a gym owner and his sometimes-girlfriend.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015) 82%

This Certified Fresh documentary shows how an ailing five-year-old’s wish to be a superhero for a day became a viral sensation.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

This week on home video, we’ve got an animated sequel, a puzzling sci-fi tale, and the second season of a much buzzed-about BBC America TV series. Beyond that, we’ve got a handful of notable smaller movies, as well as two excellent choices from the Criterion Collection. Read on for details:

Rio 2


Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway reprise their voice roles as Blu and Jewel, the pair of blue macaws who found love in Fox’s 2011 animated film Rio, in this sequel, which follows them as they pursue the trail of another recently spotted macaw. Along the way, Blu, Jewel, and their three kids clash with an illegal logging operation in the Amazon, reunite with Jewel’s family, and run into some trouble in the form of an old nemesis. Unfortunately, critics weren’t as smitten by the colorful couple’s antics this time around, saying Rio 2 felt simply like a bigger, busier retread of its predecessor and rewarding its efforts with a 46 percent on the Tomatometer. Nevertheless, it may serve as a colorful distraction for your little ones, especially considering the special features include an extensive playlist of both sing-along and dance-along songs, among other things.

Under the Skin


Those of you looking to hunker down with a copy of Under the Skin this week purely because “it’s the movie where Scarlett Johansson gets naked” might end up with more than you bargained for (don’t worry; we know that’s not really why you’re watching it). Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast) third film, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s eponymous sci-fi novel, is the stylized account of an alien who takes the form of a woman (Johansson) to seduce men and, ultimately, absorb their innards. Over time, the alien’s predatory instincts give way to curious observation, but to what end? Critics mostly agreed that Under the Skin‘s visual themes and narrative ambiguity might not be accessible to all viewers, but they also praised Johansson’s performance and the film’s haunting, heady ideas, making the film Certified Fresh at 86 percent. Available on DVD and Blu-ray this week, special features include a little over 42 minutes’ worth of featurettes on topics ranging from the casting and music to the production design and visual effects.

Orphan Black – Season Two

BBC America’s hit sci-fi series has been a coming out party for its star, Tatiana Maslany, who acts opposite herself in multiple roles and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her efforts (no Emmy nom, though, much to the dismay of fans). After a first season that slowly drew an increasingly larger audience by word of mouth, Orphan Black returned for its second season back in April, expanding its narrative to include more characters, more twists, and more evidence why Maslany deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the show’s Certified Fresh 97 percent Tomatometer. For those of you looking for some extra clone goodness, the season two Blu-ray that hits shelves this week includes a number of making-of featurettes, including an extended version of the four-clone scene (dance party, woohoo!) and clone character profiles.

Also available this week:

  • Wrinkles (96 percent), an animated film about life in a retirement home, with voice work from Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine.
  • Israeli import Bethlehem (77 percent), a Certified Fresh drama exploring the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service agent and his Palestinian informant.
  • Road to Paloma (70 percent), a road movie about a Native American who flees across the country after he avenges his mother’s murder, starring, written by, and directed by Jason Momoa.
  • The Face of Love (42 percent), starring Ed Harris and Annette Bening in a dramedy about a widow who meets and falls in love with a man who looks exactly like her deceased husband.
  • Season three of Hell on Wheels, starring Anson Mount in a Western drama about a former Confederate soldier who becomes a foreman in the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
  • And of course, two more choices from the Criterion Collection: David Cronenberg’s breakout 1981 thriller Scanners (79 percent) is available in a first-time Criterion edition, and Robert Bresson’s 1959 classic Pickpocket (97 percent) is available in a new DVD edition and a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.

Does it still count as a rumor if you only read about it AFTER the rumor has been proven false? I mean, I just read an article stating that Jamie Foxx will NOT be playing Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face) in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming "Batman Begins" sequel … but I never knew he was even up for the part!

A few days back the widely-accepted conjecture was that Aaron Eckhart was the Harvey Dent front-runner, but IGN Movies has just chimed in with the Jamie Foxx story. Apparently Mr. Foxx was rumored to be in contention, but that’s not even remotely the case anymore. "No truth to it whatsoever" says Mr. Foxx’s publicist. So I guess we can open and close that story in one swoop.

In related news, neither Barbra Streisand nor Fred Savage will be appearing in "The Dark Knight." I don’t know this for a fact, but it seems a safe enough bet.

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