It’s a new month, and that means that the new titles on streaming services are a virtual deluge of cinematic goodness! I’ll get right to it, and while you may notice a few services missing this week, you’ll be sure to see them again next week, as titles on the free services are still being adjusted as I write this. In the meantime, however, here are over 200 new titles for you to check out on subscription-based services!
If you like superheroes, Netflix is the place to be – new seasons of Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash are now available, as well as movies DOCTOR STRANGE and, er, CATWOMAN, the latter presumably to serve as a palette-cleanser. Other new-to-streaming catalog titles of note include Kubrick’s FULL METAL JACKET, Stephen Frears’ great biographical pic THE QUEEN, Bruce Willis in THE SIXTH SENSE, David Fincher’s fantastic serial killer pic ZODIAC, Daniel Day-Lewis in an Oscar-winning performance in MY LEFT FOOT, John Dahl’s gambling thriller ROUNDERS, and Mel Brooks’ classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Newer titles include the documentary BURLESQUE: HEART OF THE GLITTER TRIBE, Steven Seagal in CONTRACT TO KILL, the Bollywood horror pic LENS, Adam Massey’s survivalist horror pic MAN VS., Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller VICE, and new seasons of The 100, House of Cards, American Crime, and Supernatural, as well as the Hindi horror anthology series Fear Files: Har Mod PeDarr.
New release on Hoopla include Kurt Russell in the highly-recommended horror-western BONE TOMAHAWK, the psychokinetic horror pic THE MIND’S EYE, Zoe Saldana in the Nina Simone biopic NINA, Christophe Honoré’s fantasy film METAMORPHOSES, Van Damme returning for KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE, Brian Krause in the horror pic BE AFRAID, and the BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION with Kim Cattrall and Toby Jones, along with a trio of Nicolas Cage flicks – DOG EAT DOG, RAGE, and PAY THE GHOST. New catalog releases include the obligatory HELLRAISER and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II, Alan Parker’s THE COMMITMENTS, the dark comedy classic HEATHERS, and Max Von Sydow in PELLE THE CONQUERER.
Horror franchise fans take note! Hulu now offers all four CRITTERS films, along with ELM STREETs numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6, as well as the 2005 THE BOOGEYMAN and its two sequels. OPEN WATER 2: ADRIFT is also available, as well as non-franchise horror pics EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, John Carpenter’s IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, Abel Ferrara’s THE ADDICTION, Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY, the ghost tale THE ORPHANAGE, and Frank Oz’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
As for comedies, you can get a trio of Christopher Guest’s films (BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND, and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION) as well as Francis Ford Coppola’s PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, Robin Williams in Bob Goldthwait’s great black comedy WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, Albert Brooks in the highly recommended LOST IN AMERICA, Tim Curry and Muppet pals in MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND and the superhero school comedy ZOOM. Thrillers include1996’s all-star comic crime pic 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, Ray Liotta and Kurt Russell in UNLAWFUL ENTRY, Clint Eastwood in ABSOLUTE POWER, Leelee Sobieski and Bruce Dern in THE GLASS HOUSE, and Tommy Lee Jones in THE CLIENT. Dramas include Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT, Stallone arm-wrestling in OVER THE TOP, alien encounters in FIRE IN THE SKY and both the animated and “live-action” versions of CHARLOTTE’S WEB.
New titles to Hulu include Jack (son of Larry) Fessenden’s thriller STRAY BULLETS with James Le Gros and Kevin Corrigan and the Full Moon series Ravenwolf Towers. Catalog action pics include Ice Cube in XXX: STATE OF THE UNION, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in MONEY TRAIN, Jackie Chan in THE MEDALLION, a batch of vintage martial arts films (DRUNKEN MONKEY FLOATING SNAKE, SHAOLIN VS. LAMA, SHAOLIN DRUNK FIGHTER, THE FATAL FLYING GUILLOTINE), Laurence Fishburne and a Baldwin in FLED, the jaw-dropping Tsui Hark flick DOUBLE TEAM with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, Charlize Theron in AEON FLUX, Kate Beckinsale in the first UNDERWORLD, and Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes in CHAOS.
New additions to Brown Sugar include Alfre Woodard in John Sayles’ PASSION FISH, Larry Cohen’s BLACK CAESAR, Wesley Snipes in UNDISPUTED, Kasi Lemmon’s fantastic southern gothic tale EVE’S BAYOU, Brandon Lee in Alex Proyas’ THE CROW, the Muhammad Ali biopic THE GREATEST, Ice-T saves the world in JUDGMENT DAY, Mario Van Peebles in Mark L. Lester’s action pic BLOWBACK, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in the action pic BLACK COBRA, the comedies DON’T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD, BLANKMAN, PHAT BEACH and FRANKENHOOD, Halle Berry in the shark thriller DARK TIDE,the poetry drama SLAM, Howard E. Rollins Jr. in Norman Jewison’s 1984 drama A SOLDIER’S STORY, Method Man in the horror pic THE MORTICIAN, and William Wyler’s 1970 drama THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES starring Yaphet Kotto, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lola Falana, Lee Majors, and Lee J. Cobb.
The specifically-curated content on Tribeca Shortlist’s streaming service makes basically all of their new titles recommended in one way or another, so you really can’t go wrong by pressing “play.” Among this month’s new titles of note are Wai-Leung Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 action thriller INFERNAL AFFAIRS, Bill Paxton’s excellent FRAILTY, Mads Mikkelsen accused of a crime he didn’t commit in THE HUNT, Ben Affleck’s thriller GONE BABY GONE, Laura Dern in the Alexander Payne’s recommended abortion politics comedy CITIZEN RUTH, the stand-up comedy flick RICHARD PRYOR: HERE AND NOW, Alan Arkin in the 1966 comedy THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!, Eric Wareheim in the pitch-black comedy, er, THE COMEDY, the horror pic BIG BAD WOLVES, the 2011 character-driven drama WEEKEND, the highly recommended 2002 pic SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, Paris Barclay’s 1996 urban-drama parody DON’T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2000 multi-story drama AMORES PERROS, Whit Stillman’s manned comedy METROPOLITAN, the ever-welcome THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in Walter Hill’s 48 HRS., Paul Newman in Sidney Pollack’s 1981 thriller ABSENCE OF MALICE, Alexandre Aja’s 2003 horror pic HIGH TENSION, Sylvain Chomet’s charming animated film THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 classic PIERROT LE FOU, Paul Newman in Martin Ritt’s HUD, Otto Preminger’s 1959 classic ANATOMY OF A MURDER, George Stevens’ 1953 Western SHANE, Robert Rodriguez’s vampire stripper pic FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, Stallone returning in 2009’s RAMBO, and Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS, which, like many of these titles, is obligatory viewing. It’s a film school in a streaming service.
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The biggest new release on HBO’s streaming service is Matt Damon returning to the Jason Bourne franchise in, well, JASON BOURNE, but there are also a fair share of nifty catalog titles of note. Among the new additions are James Wan’s haunted house pic THE CONJURING, Russel Mulcahy’s 1986 immortal adventure pic HIGHLANDER, Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Christopher Nolan’s remake of INSOMNIA, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Jan De Bont’s SPEED, action sequels and remakes THE MOD SQUAD (1999), I-SPY, RUSH HOUR 3 and SHAFT, the Larry Cohen-scripted PHONE BOOTH, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, the Elmore Leonard adaptation BE COOL, Sissy Spacek in the Loretta Lynn biopic COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER, Goldie Hawn in PROTOCOL, and Spike Lee’s GIRL 6.
FilmStruck has added a number of titles by Nicholas Ray (1956’s BIGGER THAN LIFE, 1958’s PARTY GIRL, 1949’s THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, 1950’s IN A LONELY PLACE, 1952’s ON DANGEROUS GROUND) as well as two documentaries on him, DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH and WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. Other new additions include the 1953 Japanese ghost tale UGETSU, Roman Polanski’s 1962 KNIFE IN THE WATER, Brian De Palma’s 1980 DRESSED TO KILL, Kieslowski’s 1988 A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING and the classic 12 ANGRY MEN.
The all-star Western remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN has made its bow on the service, along with Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1980 slasher PROM NIGHT, the 2000 made-for-television remake of FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON with Matthew Modine and four films in Kinji Fukasaku’s 1973-1974 BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series: the first with the same name, as well as DEADLY FIGHT IN HIROSHIMA, PROXY WAR, and FINAL EPISODE.
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