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Stream This: 'The Canyons,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion,' 'On The Road' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Hey-o cinephiles, and welcome to the deluxe edition of Stream This. There was a lot to cover this week, with so many films being released on VOD concurrently or in advance of their theatrical debuts, and we didn't want to leave anything out, including those nifty themed picks. Thus, the result at hand: an extra-long version of the column, where we give you eight suggestions instead of six. (Don't worry, you won't have to buy special sheets or anything.) There's work from Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, and Lynn Shelton to name a few, and all of it is either playing or will be playing shortly on a silver screen near you. In related news, James Ponsoldt's third film, "The Spectacular Now," opens this weekend to much critical praise from Sundance on down, so if you're looking to brush up on his canon, an earlier work is available to stream. Plus there's a largely forgotten Mark Wahlberg picture from the early 2000s to honor the "2 Guns" star while reminding us why we like artist formerly known as Marky Mark so damn much. And now, for our streaming picks of the week.

Oscars: Can Mary Elizabeth Winstead Sneak Into The Best Actress Field For 'Smashed'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 15, 2012 11:59 AM
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We've been looking in detail at the acting categories in recent weeks, and this week, we figured it made sense to examine Best Actress, given that one potential contender has her film arriving in theaters. Today sees the release of "Smashed," which sees "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a schoolteacher who comes to realize that she has a serious drinking problem, and sets about kicking the habit, even as it puts her marriage to her equally sozzled husband (Aaron Paul) at risk.

In Theaters: 'Argo' To The Mulitplex With 'Sinister,' 'Seven Psychopaths,' But Watch Out For 'Here Comes The Boom'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 12, 2012 5:08 PM
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Hello, In Theaters friends! I’m back (for a week)! Did you miss me? Doesn’t Emma take good care of you? She writes better headlines than I do. But I celebrate Cage’s Festival of Wigs more! Hope you all have your Oscar racing pants on because that one is underway! In fact, I will be giving out a few awards of my own... This week sees the release of TIFF darling “Argo,” Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage thrilla, the return of truly delightful twisted person Martin McDonagh with “Seven Psychopaths,” something called “Sinister,” Kevin James getting punched and falling down a lot in “Here Comes the Boom,” and Ayn Rand propaganda! Fun times to be had by all, even the psychopaths. There’s also a metric butt-ton of indie festival goodness making its way into local art houses and multiplexes so now might be time to catch up with the cool kids (by cool kids I mean film bloggers who go to all the festivals... whether or not they are cool is up to you!).

Review: Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul Hit the Bottle, And It Hits Back, In Strong, Stirring 'Smashed'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 11, 2012 5:59 PM
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There is a sub-canon of films about alcohol as deep and as dark as a barrel of bourbon, from "Lost Weekend" to "Days of Wine and Roses" to "Trees Lounge." "Smashed" casts Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Charlie and Kate, a married couple in L.A. whose love is strong, full and, more to the point, well-saturated. Charlie and Kate like to drink, and it shows; Kate's mortified to have a hung-over vomiting fit while teaching, apologizing to her 1st graders and answering, falsely, yes when her kids ask if she's pregnant. When Kate is busted by her vice-Principal Mr. Davies (Nick Offerman, in a performance that in a just world would be an Oscar contender), she confesses her lies and he simply notes "That's… not good."

'Smashed' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead On How She Learned To Play Drunk, The Emotional Rollercoaster Of The Role & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 9:57 AM
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Hitting rock bottom isn't always the climax of a grand calamity. For Kate in "Smashed," it's an evening that starts in a bar, continues with offering someone a ride home, and ends with her smoking crack and sleeping outside that awakens her to the fact that she might have a problem. When she arrives home, she doesn't have any physical scars, and the night otherwise seemed enjoyable, but it's the shame and fear of where her life could go that shakes her up.

The 10 Best Films To See In October

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 1, 2012 3:00 PM
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After an unusually rewarding September, that featured critical and audience favorites like "The Master," "Looper," "End Of Watch," "Dredd," "The Perks Of Being a Wallflower" and "Arbitrage," October has arrived, but things aren't letting up. Sure, the box office is likely to be dominated by Liam Neeson cracking heads in "Taken 2," but there's plenty more to see when you look a little further afield. Below, you'll find ten of the best options over the coming month. Let us know what you're looking forward to most in the comments section.

'Smashed' Soundtrack Features Smog, Richard and Linda Thompson, Cass McCombs & Score by Vetiver & Fruit Bats Members

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2012 1:37 PM
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Every couple of years, a musician will either want to stretch his or her wings creatively and or realize that there's good money in composing soundtracks that beats slugging it out on the road. Recent converts that come to mind are Nick Urrata of DeVotchKa (soundtracks include "Little Miss Sunshine" and the terrifically underrated "Ruby Sparks," both as a movie and score) and Nebraskan producer/engineer, multi-instrumentalist and Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, who's recorded and performed with The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Cursive, The Good Life, Jenny Lewis, and many more ("Lovely, Still," and "Writers" are two recent soundtracks he's scored with fellow Bright Eyes member Nate Walcott).

'Smashed' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead Says Album With Dan The Automator Will Be '60s-Style French Pop

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2012 12:29 PM
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Already a geek idol thanks to her role as Ramona Flowers in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is having a pretty good 2012, thanks to her starring role in "Smashed," a drama about a young alcoholic married couple (completed by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul), which won rave reviews at Sundance this year -- read our own here -- and continued when the film played the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Watch: Trailer For Alcoholism Drama 'Smashed' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 11, 2012 1:52 PM
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"Last night I ended up smoking crack." The Sundance drama “Smashed” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul received rave reviews earlier this year, especially from the performances of both lead actors. Our review from Sundance had praise for both thespians: "Winstead's bright, light charm has helped her in a run of films, but here she gets to crack it open to show dark rot underneath. Paul may be best known as "Breaking Bad" co-star Jesse Pinkman, but while Charlie also likes his vices a bit too much, his performance -- loving, gentle, lightly hammered -- is in a very different key than his work there."

Watch: 3 New Clips From Sundance Favorite 'Smashed' Will Leave You Choked Up

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:32 AM
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Yesterday we brought you a new clip from "Smashed," an addiction comedy/drama starring Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sony Pictures Classics has unviled three more, which shows even more of the cast and a much better understand of what the tone of this movie is going to be. After watching the three clips, we are now prepared for potential "Beasts of the Southern Wild"-levels of weeping.

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