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Best New Movies to Stream/Rent/Own (3/12/13 – 3/19/13)

Wreck It Ralph - Stream it Now

Best New Movies to Rent/Own – Wreck-It Ralph

Considering the glut of services that allow you to stream media, it can be a little disorienting trying to figure out what to watch.

Even if you know exactly what movie you’re looking for, picking the right streaming video outlet for the best new streaming movies can be tricky. You could find yourself paying for something on Vudu that’s already available to stream on Netflix Instant.

The purpose of this post, and subsequent posts like it, is to keep you apprised of where the movies you want to watch are available, whether on streaming outlets for which you pay a monthly subscription (Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video), or on pay-per-stream services (Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Prime).

Best New Movies to Rent/Own

Wreck-It Ralph - Keeping with the humanizing-unlikely-figures formula that has worked so well for animated features of the last fifteen years or so, Disney released the exciting, funny, and altogether winning Wreck-It Ralph. John C. Reilly stars as the titular Ralph, a video game villain who wishes he could be a hero for a change.

Available on: Amazon Prime Instant, iTunes, Vudu

Rise of the Guardians - Here’s another animated feature you can enjoy with your kids: Rise of the Guardians is a star-studded (Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Isla Fisher) outing from Dreamworks about the evil Pitch (Law), his plans to attack the earth, and the Immortal Guardians who set out to stop him

Available on: Amazon Prime Instant, iTunes, Vudu

Best New Movies to Rent - Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place

Best New Movies to Rent/Own – This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place - Maybe you’ve recently seen a stray picture or two of Sean Penn decked out in Robert Smith hair and glammy makeup, and just generally goth-ed to the hilt, and wondered why in the world such a thing exists. The answer is This Must Be the Place, which stars Penn as an aging rocker eager to avenge his father’s WWII tormentor. At the very least, that’s certainly not a plot that you hear every day.

Available on: Amazon Prime Instant, iTunes, Vudu

Sound City - If you watch any talk shows regularly or listened to any podcasts in the past couple of months, you’ve likely seen or heard Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl aggressively promoting this new documentary, which he directed. Sound City tells the tale of the legendary titular studio (and it’s equally legendary soundboard) from inception to its modern incarnation, in the interest of promoting the raw, messy, and compelling humanity of pre-digital music-making.

Available on: Amazon Prime Instant, iTunes, Vudu

This Is Not A Film - Though it’s not available to rent online, we thought this fascinating story was worth spotlighting nonetheless. Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Mirror), under house arrest and ordered not to continue making films, secretively shot this day-in-the-life self-portrait and had it secreted out of Iran with the help of his friends (hence the somewhat surreptitious title). Suffice to say, it’s worth a look for any serious film fan.

Available on: Netflix

Smashed - This keenly observed, humanistic drama tells the story of a young, married, alcoholic couple whose bond is tested when the wife (Mary Elizabeth Winsted) decides to get sober. Fans of Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation will get an additional kick out of seeing Aaron Paul (Jessie Pinkman to Bad fans) and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson for fans of Parks) in a different context.

Available on: Amazon Prime Instant, iTunes, Vudu

Best New Movies/Television to Stream on Netflix & Amazon Instant

Most of these options are also available to stream for a fee from sites like Vudu and iTunes, but we’re limiting this section to subscription sites that offer some free streaming new movies like Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime.

Best New Television to Stream - Archer Season 3 - Netflix - FX Networks

Best New Television to Stream – Archer Season 3

Archer: Season 3 - We tend to stick to movies in these posts, but the addition of a new season of Archer to stream on Netflix was too exciting to overlook. For those who haven’t checked out this wholly inappropriate, sardonic, bizarre, and hilarious animated series, about a self-centered and childish super-spy who works for his mother, now’s the time. To sweeten the deal, we’ll mention that season three features an appearance from Burt Reynolds as himself.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Friends With Kids - Despite gathering just about everyone from Bridesmaids together again (including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, and Jon Hamm), writer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids failed to draw massive audiences. Nonetheless, with a cast like that, as well as the ever-charming Adam Scott, Friends With Kids is certainly worth a stream.

Available on: Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime Instant

Manhunter -Though The Silence of the Lambs would feature a far more notorious depiction of Hannibal Lector several years later, Michael Mann’s Manhunter beat Lambs to the punch, with Brian Cox intermittently appearing as a far less imposing version of the serial killer/cannibal. Generally speaking, Lambs is the better film, but Manhunter is a worthy, moody, and all-around haunting film in its’ own right, featuring a towering-in-every-sense, villainous turn from the great Tom Noonan.

Available on: Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime Instant

Best New Movies to Stream - Big Fish

Best New Movies to Stream on Netlflix – Big Fish by Tim Burton

Hustle & Flow - There was a time when Terrence Howard seemed poised for superstardom, and it was right around the release of Hustle & Flow, writer/director Craig Brewer’s empathetic portrayal of a pimp with dreams of becoming a famous hip-hop emcee. Though Howard has since squandered that potential, his turn as Djay still elevates Hustle & Flow, and makes the film far more moving than its potentially silly premise would lead you to believe it would be.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Big Fish Tim Burton’s finest movies tend to balance darkness, whimsy, and a wickedly macabre sense of humor with almost supernatural grace. Big Fish, while certainly not prime Burton, certainly gets the whimsy part right. The story of a dying man (Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor, alternately) with a fondness for tall tales trying to bond with his estranged son (Billy Crudup), Big Fish piles on the sentimentality aggressively, but there are enough genuinely affecting moments (and a lovely Pearl Jam song, to boot) to keep this on Burton’s good list.

Available on: Netflix Instant

 

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Best New Movies to Stream/Rent/Own (2/26/13 – 3/5/13)

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own - The Master

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own – The Master

Considering the glut of services that allow you to stream media, it can be a little disorienting trying to figure out what to watch.

Even if you know exactly what movie you’re looking for, picking the right streaming video outlet for the best new streaming movies can be tricky. You could find yourself paying for something on Vudu that’s already available to stream on Netflix Instant.

The purpose of this post, and subsequent posts like it, is to keep you apprised of where the movies you want to watch are available, whether on streaming outlets for which you pay a monthly subscription (Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video), or on pay-per-stream services (Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Prime).

Best New Movies to Rent/Own

The Master - To sum up everything worthwhile about this movie in a glib post would do a great disservice to its boundless complexity and the brilliant direction, writing, score, performances etc. contained within. Paul Thomas Anderson’s supposed “Scientology” movie is a piece destined to fascinate through the ages.

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 The grand finale of the impossibly popular series brings Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner together for one more round of brooding werewolves and glittery vampires.

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

Sinister - Well-reviewed horror films are a rarity, so even though the plot of this one begs the old “why don’t they just move out of the haunted house IMMEDIATELY after horrible things start happening?” question, it’s worth checking out nonetheless. Sinister stars Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who moves his family into a house that’s also the setting of a murder. Again, we know your problem with the logic. We get it, but just watch it.

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

Anna Karenina - Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) has a good track record, as does writer Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare In Love, Brazil), which makes this adaptation of the classic Tolstoy novel incredibly intriguing. Adding Jude Law and Keira Knightley to the mix doesn’t hurt matters either.

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

 

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own - Life of Pi

Best New Movies to Rent/Stream/Own – Life of Pi

Life of Pi Ang Lee’s win for Best Director at Sunday’s Academy Awards most assuredly gives this already well-respected movie even more clout. The story of a young man lost at sea with a Bengal tiger, Life of Pi has captivated audiences with its gorgeous imagery and epic scope.

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

Holy Motors My personal choice for film of 2012, Holy Motors is an indescribably creative, bizarre, and even moving look at one man (Denis Lavant, in maybe the performance of the year) who must attend to a list of appointments, each more inscrutable than the last. Do not miss this one.

Available on:  iTunes

Hitchcock - Though critics weren’t too kind to this one, what movie fan would skip the opportunity to watch Anthony Hopkins play the late, great Alfred Hitchcock?

Available on: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season - For the few of us who’ve only seen the first season and just may be crazy enough to try and watch the whole second one before the third one premieres on Match 31st, we haven’t a moment to waste!

Available on: Amazon Instant Streaming, iTunes, Vudu

Best New Movies to Stream Online

Most of these options are also available to stream for a fee from sites like Vudu and iTunes, but we’re limiting this section to subscription sites that offer some free streaming like Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime.

How to Survive A Plague Since the Academy Awards are still fresh in our minds, how about starting with a pair of feature-length nominees for Best Documentary? How to Survive a Plague may not have taken the prize (Searching For Sugar Man was the winner, and a deserving one at that), but this powerful film earned its nomination with its thorough and passionate recounting of the crusade to bring AIDS awareness into the public consciousness in the ’80s and ’90s.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Five Broken Cameras - Another one that didn’t take home the prize the other night, this moving documentary shows the struggles of a Palestinian farming village that tries to counter the efforts of Israeli settlers through non-violent means.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Best New Movies to Stream - The Imposter

Best New Movies to Stream – The Imposter

The Imposter - This documentary didn’t get any Academy Award nominations, but it’s still a fascinating story about a missing San Antonio boy who possibly “reappears” three years later as a considerably older boy with a French accent.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater - Louis CK has been churning out such consistently hilarious, profound material since being anointed the comic of his time that when he doesn’t quite meet those ridiculously high standards, you notice. Live at the Beacon Theater may be the weakest of his four comedy hours (the others being Shameless, Chewed Up, and Hilarious), but that’s hardly a knock. You’ll want to watch this anyway.

Available on: Netflix Instant

Safety Not Guaranteed -Though there are certainly elements of this movie, about a sarcastic writer sent to uncover the story behind a classified ad looking for a time-traveling companion, that are overly arch and precious, Aubrey Plaza makes a winning lead and Mark Duplass makes his potential lunatic surprisingly soulful.

Available on: Netflix Instant

We here at Flashrouters have the media players to make it possible for you to enjoy these and many other streaming movies; we have the routers flashed with DD-WRT firmware that allow you to stream them as efficiently as possible, and whatever accessories you need to make them work.

Please visit our FAQ and support page on our newly refurbished website to learn more about how FlashRouters can make your streaming movie experience as hassle-free as possible.

For more popular streaming movies & TV updates, DD-WRT Router & VPN Service Provider info, and privacy news, follow us on Twitter @flashrouters  or like us on Facebook.