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Stream This: Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Wreckers,' Spike Lee's Doc 'Bad 25' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 5, 2013 12:38 PM
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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! We hope you're making the most of the summer weather and enjoying a fair share of barbeques, beers, and beach time. However, if you feel like stepping away from the UV for an hour or two and relaxing inside with a good flick, we would like to provide a few timely suggestions. There's, of course, the Independence Day-themed selection for your patriotic viewing pleasure. Similarly, several documentaries that capture acutely American topics and people, and both celebrate and question what it means to be a United States citizen, appear here. And in honor of this weekend's blockbuster release, "The Lone Ranger," we are recommending a throwback from the early days of Johnny Depp's career, in case you can't remember what he looks like without heavy makeup and a wig. Relish the long weekend cinephiles, whatever you choose to do, and let us know what you think of our streaming selections in the comments section below.

Stream This: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' Pedro Almodovar's 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 28, 2013 3:07 PM
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The summer movie season continues with its usual gusto, providing us ample opportunity to make related streaming recommendations. Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" hits theaters, so we're offering one of his older films as a complement. And coupled with the release of "The Heat" is another female buddy comedy -- a smash hit from the late '80s. However, despite another big slate at the cinemas, this week has been monumental in its political developments as much as anything else. Indeed, the overturning of DOMA and California's Proposition 8 by the United States Supreme Court and Wendy Davis' near single-handed take down of SB#5 in the Texas state senate all harken significant changes for this country in the weeks, months, and years to come. In honor of these historic events and people everywhere leading the charge for equal rights, we would like to highlight several films with concurring themes. And now, here are our streaming selections for the week.

Stream This: James Gandolfini In 'Romance & Cigarettes,' Pixar Shorts & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 21, 2013 12:03 PM
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It's homage week here at The Playlist, and, goodness knows, there's plenty to pay tribute to. "World War Z" opens in theaters today, and you may be in the mood to spend a little extra time with Brad Pitt. We'd like to suggest settling in with one of his oldies-but-goodies. Similarly, with Pixar's "Monsters University" hitting the big screens everywhere, we're offering up several compilations from that studio as a pregame (or to help cure your animation hangover... hair of the dog and all that). The Criterion Collection is expanding its selection on DVD; we're expanding our section dedicated to the elite distribution label so as to reflect the new releases. And, finally, there's a lesser-known star turn from James Gandolfini to mark the actor's untimely passing and to celebrate his varied and distinguished career. And now, without further ado, here are our streaming selections for the week.

September Criterion Titles Include 3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman & 'La Cage Aux Folles'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2013 10:23 AM
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It’s that time of year again, where weekend after weekend brings more cities being destroyed in louder and louder fashion on the big screen. But fret not, Criterion has just the sustenance you need to survive. The famed distribution label has released their schedule for September and it includes some new additions and a few reissues.

Stream This: Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt,' Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 14, 2013 2:49 PM
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The Internet is a wild place, overflowing with information and imagery. It can be overwhelming to navigate to any one place, and impossible to choose one option once you're there. This can be especially true of online media, a realm of ever-expanding sites and continually updated content. So, to make it all a little easier, we would like to offer up some help in that arena. Below, you can find our recommendations for the five best films newly added to the streaming universe.

Lubitsch's 'To Be Or Not To Be,' Frankenheimer's 'Seconds,' Early Fassbinder Lead Awesome August Criterion Line Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 4:47 PM
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It's that time of the month again: the time when I have to be locked in the padded room of the Playlist offices for fear of what the moon might turn me into. But also, it's time for Criterion to unveil their latest month of releases -- in this case for August. And boy, have they got some treats in store.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Devil's Backbone' Leads Criterion's July Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 2:36 PM
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It seems this summer is a good time to be a Guillermo Del Toro fan. Not only is the filmmaker dropping his new monster movie "Pacific Rim," but fans will now get to dip into one of his breakout films courtesy of Criterion...

'Badlands' Arrives On Criterion: 10 Things We Learned About The Terrence Malick Classic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 20, 2013 4:22 PM
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When you think of lovers and killers on the lam, you think of roadtrip movies like “True Romance,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Bonnie & Clyde” or "The Getaway." But when philosopher, journalist and renaissance man turned filmmaker Terrence Malick tackled the genre for his debut picture, he created a film more interested in innocence (and its loss) and love than the crimes and acts of violence occurring within the story based on Charles Starkweather’s late ‘50s killing spree. A lyrical and impressionistic take on a troubled young killer and the girl that falls for him -- perhaps all the more chilling for its beautiful imagery and sublime/naive view of life that some of us still argue is his finest work to date -- “Badlands” would launch the career of one of cinema’s most enigmatic and inscrutable filmmakers who would soon stop talking to the press or allowing his photo to be taken.

Criterion Brings 'Shoah,' Classic Silent 'Safety Last!,' Sci-Fi 'Things To Come' & More In June

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 5:30 PM
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While the summer season for movie buffs generally means sitting down with a giant bucket of popcorn and preparing your eyeballs and eardrums to pushed to their human limits and then beyond, The Criterion Collection is banking that folks might want a little more substance. Okay, a lot more substance.

The Essentials: 5 Elia Kazan Films You May Not Know

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 22, 2013 2:02 PM
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Elia Kazan famously once said, “The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.” And one could easily argue Kazan’s raison d’être was to go to emotional and psychological places few men dared to tread. While Kazan’s films were often marked by social issues to the outsider, the filmmaker was much more drawn to the pathos of the human condition, the painfully vulnerable, complicated and emotional naked places of the human psyche. And he loved and nurtured the vanity-free actors who were willing and able to facilitate such ends and emotional complex truths. Marlon Brando, the ne plus ultra of tough but overly sensitive and vulnerable American male, was Kazan’s muse, and the filmmaker loved how he could arouse, cajole and release extraordinary feelings in the actor.

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