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Your Week in Streaming: The Outlaw Poetry of Amy Seimetz and Olivier Assayas

This week, two of the year's best films, Olivier Assayas' political drama "Something in the Air" and Amy Seimetz's "Sun Don't Shine," are essential viewing on VOD.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 23, 2013 4:28 PM
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Michael Apted's Entire 'Up' Series Now Available on Netflix Instant (CLIPS)

Director Michael Apted's seven-part, generation-spanning documentary series "Up," which follows the lives of 14 British children from 1964 to 2012, is now available to stream on Netflix Instant.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 19, 2013 2:09 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: Marcello and Sophia

Perhaps no two actors of the great Italian film heyday spanning Neorealism and beyond have such inimitable range, class and style as Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. Together they costarred in 12 films and worked the masters -- Fellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Visconti, et al. Check out a few of their collaborations now streaming on VOD.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 16, 2013 4:23 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: O Canada! Fandor Heads North, and a Guide to Great Canuck Films on VOD

The SF-based streaming site Fandor has just launched a VOD service in Canada and in celebration, here's a guide to some of the best Canadian films you can currently stream in the US, from Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" to the films of Guy Maddin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 10, 2013 11:24 AM
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Cinedigm and Drafthouse Films Partner to Release 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Congress' and More on VOD in 2014

Digital distributor Cinedigm has partnered with Drafthouse Films to release a slate of critically acclaimed independent films across all home entertainment and VOD platforms beginning in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 1:05 PM
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New York Times Launches First Ever Indie Online Film Festival, Curated by Film Independent (TRAILERS)

Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 3:15 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: From Dolan's Punk Spirit to Ruiz's Final Farewell, TIFF Essentials on VOD (TRAILERS)

With the Toronto International Film Festival coming up this month, here are some essential films from the TIFF archives now streaming across VOD platforms.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Paramount Makes Moves Toward the Digital Future

As much as many of us bewail the studios' pokey moves into the digital future, the truth is, they are not stupid. What they are doing--and why they can be counted on to make many ill-advised decisions going forward--is thinking about how to buttress their bottom line, satisfy stockholders, and cover their huge executive salaries and overhead. That's why making more big movies that may score big and pay all their bills is still their prerogative, rather than more less risky small movies. Even after six would-be tentpoles tank in a row.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 6:15 PM
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Now and Then: 'Veep' and Why We Need Satire Right Now

Satire and solemnity are tense bedfellows, and in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings -- after the flags of nations stiffened in the white smoke of the blast, after the dead began to be named, the wounded tallied, the innumerable stories of bravery recounted -- you might say the latter is the order of the day, and you would be right.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 17, 2013 2:35 PM
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