This week on streaming video, we’ve got a couple of acclaimed horror movie satires, the latest from Noah Baumbach, the penultimate chapter of the Hunger Games series, and a couple of Halloween episodes of popular TV shows. Then, we’ve also got a number of indie comedies, thrillers, and classics to round out the lot, as well as five excellent choices available for purchase. Read on for the full list.

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While We're Young (2014) 84%

Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver star in Noah Baumbach’s Certified Fresh dramedy about a childless couple who feel energized when they begin hanging out with a younger hipster couple.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

Scream (1996) 79%

Horror icon Wes Craven’s subversive deconstruction of the genre is a sly, funny and surprisingly effective satire of slasher flicks that just happens to work pretty well as a slasher flick itself.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

Scream 2 (1997) 81%

As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that takes jabs at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

Everything Must Go (2010) 73%

Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall star in this adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story about an alcoholic car salesman who reacts to losing his job and being kicked out of his home by camping out in his front yard and selling off his possessions.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) 69%

Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in the penultimate chapter of the immensely popular Hunger Games franchise. After upending the Hunger Games, Katniss has become the reluctant face of rebellion; will she be able to save Peeta and lead the resistance to victory?

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The famed annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons aired this past Sunday, and Hulu has it now. In this year’s vignettes, Bart gets reanimated, Homer loses his memory, and Bart, Lisa, and Milhouse get superpowers.

Available now on: Hulu


In Family Guy‘s Halloween-themed episode, Peter and the gang venture into an abandoned asylum to get inspiration for a horror movie, but they end up killing a guy instead.

Available now on: Hulu

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Let Us Prey (2014) 77%

In this recent thriller, a mysterious man named Six (Liam Cunningham) arrives in a small Scottish town and promptly ends up in police custody, and before long, mayhem befalls the town.

Available now on: Netflix

Mea Culpa (2014) 83%

In this crime thriller from France, a pair of police officers square off against the Serbian mafia after they discover a series of connected murders in the city of Toulon.

Available now on: Netflix

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: Netflix

Unexpected (2015) 66%

Cobie Smulders stars in a dramedy about a high school teacher and a student who bond over their unplanned pregnancies.

Available now on: Netflix

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A Day in the Country (1936) 100%

The great French auteur Jean Renoir directed this beautiful, bittersweet 40-minute film about a family’s idyllic vacation in the French countryside.

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Summer Interlude (1950) 100%

This tragic tale of star-crossed love was an early success for the great Ingmar Bergman, and remained one of his personal favorites.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) 99%

Catherine Deneuve stars in Jacques Demy’s colorful, heartbreaking nouvelle vague-inspired musical about a brief affair between an auto mechanic and a teenager who works in her mother’s umbrella shop.

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Amy (2015) 95%

This Certified Fresh documentary about the brilliant and troubled R&B chanteuse Amy Winehouse is from Asif Kapadia, the filmmaker behind the nearly-as-acclaimed portrait of the great racecar driver Senna.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

The Gift (2015) 91%

Well-to-do Simon (Jason Bateman) has a seemingly chance encounter with Gordo (Edgerton), an old high school classmate. But Gordo starts showing up everywhere Simon goes, and leaving odd gifts at his house; is there something in their pasts that prompted such behavior?

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015) 95%

Alex Gibney’s multiple Emmy-winning HBO documentary makes use of first-hand accounts and archival footage to profile the history and inner workings of Scientology and delve into the accusations of abuse that have been leveled against the organization over the years.

Available now on: iTunes

Mr. Holmes (2015) 88%

Ian McKellen and Laura Linney in this Certified Fresh drama about an aging Sherlock Holmes in deep rumination about an unsolved case.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) 68%

Two agents — American Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Soviet Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) — team up to stop a mysterious criminal organization that threatens both nations.  They get an assist from Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), an East German mechanic who has an inside track on how to infiltrate the gang.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

This week on home video, we’ve got a surprisingly solid list of new films to check out, including no less than five Certified Fresh movies. Considering the glut of bad movies plaguing most cineplexes these days, the offerings below make a strong case for staying in. Read on for details:



Jake Gyllenhaal’s really been on a tear in recent years. Beginning with 2011’s Source Code, he’s starred in five straight Certified Fresh films, and his most recent effort even drew some awards attention. Nightcrawler stars Gyllenhaal as a petty thief who spies a future in amateur video journalism and, after selling some footage to a news director (Rene Russo), begins a dark downward spiral into his most sociopathic impulses. The feature directing debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler earned high marks from critics who cited Gyllenhaal’s creepy performance as a highlight and made comparisons to Taxi Driver. Certified Fresh at 95 percent, this is a dark thriller that operates equally well as a thought-provoking satire of sensationalist news media.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Live action family films — decent ones, anyway — seem to be rarer in supply these days, so it’s always a nice surprise when one comes along that’s pleasant and suitably entertaining. Based on the popular 1972 children’s book of the same name, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is about exactly what its title indicates: on the day before his 12th birthday, a young boy named Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) stumbles through an extremely unfortunate series of events. Spoiler alert: everything turns out okay. Most critics found Alexander a perfectly fine diversion for parents to share with their kids, even if the film fails to make a strong, lasting impression, and awarded it a respectable 62 percent on the Tomatometer. It’s not the best kids’ movie around, but it’s pretty harmless and good-natured.



During the Summer of 2013, Jon Stewart took a short break from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to focus on his feature directorial debut, a drama based on a true story that, at least peripherally, involved him. Rosewater depicts the plight of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal), who was detained by Iran in 2009 after he sent video footage of post-election riots to the BBC. Held in prison for almost four months, Bahari was tortured and interrogated about, among other things, his appearance on Stewart’s satirical show, before finally being released. Based on the best-selling memoir that Bahari wrote about the experience, Rosewater earned mostly strong reviews from critics, who rewarded the film with a Certified Fresh 74 percent for its timely subject matter, Bernal’s performance, and Stewart’s prowess in his first stint behind the camera.



It’s unusual for a genre flick released during the first half of January to earn high marks from critics, especially one that, save for the involvement of star Ethan Hawke, reads more like something you might find in the direct-to-dvd listings, but Predestination managed to beat the odds. In it, Hawke plays an unnamed “Temporal Agent,” tasked with time-traveling to the past to stop crime. Given one last job before retirement, the Agent travels to the 1970s to meet with a man whose unusual life story leads to a twisty, decade-hopping pursuit of the truth. Certified Fresh at 81 percent, Predestination impressed critics with its surprisingly smart storytelling — as well as a remarkable performance from costar Sarah Snook — and helped offer a mindbending alternative to the usual January dreck.

Also available this week:

  • The Cannes Festival-winning Force Majeure (93 percent), a Swedish drama about a small family vacationing in the alps whose bonds are tested when its patriarch leaves them in the lurch during an avalanche scare.
  • Taiwanese import Stray Dogs (88 percent), a drama about a destitute man living on the streets and his two children, who encounter a mysterious woman that may change their lives.
  • Kill the Messenger (77 percent), a Certified Fresh thriller starring Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who publicized his findings on the birth of the crack epidemic and the shady dealings of the CIA.
  • Felony (74 percent), starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in a crime thriller about three detectives at odds with each other after an accident that nearly kills a child.
  • Lynn Shelton’s Laggies (69 percent), starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz in a dramedy about a 28-year-old slacker who befriends a teen and falls for her father.
  • Addicted (8 percent), a drama about a married woman who embarks down a dark road of temptation.
  • HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge (95 percent), starring Frances McDormand and Bill Murray in a four-part adaptation of the Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name.
  • Season six of Showtime’s dark dramedy Nurse Jackie (67 percent), starring Edie Falco as a drug-addicted nurse.
  • And finally, two choices from the Criterion Collection: Nicolas Roeg’s classic thriller Don’t Look Now (96 percent), starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, and Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country (100 percent), a shorter feature about a family’s idyllic vacation in the French countryside.

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