There’s a mixed bag available this week in streaming movie land: the stylish blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," the Oscar winning "The Artist" and the T&A horror flick "Piranha 3DD" (yep, it's already streaming). Or, see the movies that made Morgan Spurlock, Sofia Coppola and Richard Kelly famous.
What kind of mood are you in?
'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return to play Holmes and Watson, respectively, for this stylized, adrenaline-filled account of the legendary detective. For this adventure, the two team with a gypsy fortune teller (Noomi Rapace) to hunt down a ruthless professor.
Why Stream It: Downey Jr. and Law make a pretty good team.
The darling of this year’s Oscars with five wins (including Best Actor, Director and Picture), this ode to the silent-film era had some detractors, but its timeless story of an aging silent film star (played by Jean Dujardin) trying to stay relevant during the birth of the talkies captured the hearts of many.
Why Stream It: Uggie the dog! Oh, we’ll never tire of you.
Well, that was quick. With only one week in theaters, this raunchy horror movie is already available for streaming. Continuing the insanity, the piranhas have now figured out how to penetrate water systems as they converge on a water park.
Why Stream It: David Hasselhoff makes a cameo, and Ving Rhames returns after being gnawed almost to a stub in the first one.
'Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds'
For Tyler Perry’s latest, he plays a wealthy businessman on the verge of getting married to his doting fiancée (Gabrielle Union); but when he comes across a single mom (Thandie Newton), his passive existence suddenly changes.
Why Stream It: Gabrielle Union and Thandie Newton in the same movie! And no Madea? We’re in.
Available On: iTunes, VUDU
'Indie Game: The Movie'
Filled with comedy and touching moments, this look inside the world of video game developers was a surprise hit at Sundance. Super producer Scott Rudin bought it with plans to develop a series for HBO.
Why Stream It: It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how some of your favorite games were made and released. It’s often not pretty.
Available On: iTunes
'Bobby Fischer Against the World'
He’s regarded as the greatest chess player of all time -- a grandmaster at 15 -- but as this powerful doc highlights, after gaining worldwide stardom Bobby Fischer quickly spiraled into madness.
Why Stream It: This is an absorbing study of a genius and his unthinkable fall from grace.
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as a stressed-out Manhattan couple who find themselves in an off-the-grid commune led by a good-looking hippie (Justin Theroux) and filled with colorful characters.
Why Stream It: Any movie directed by David Wain ("Wet Hot American Summer") and produced by Judd Apatow is guaranteed to generate a few good laughs.
'In the Land of Blood and Honey'
For Angelina Jolie’s second directing effort, she gives us an often-hard-to-watch recount of the brutal Bosnian War in the ’90s as we follow a Serb soldier and his Bosnian captive who build a forbidden love.
Why Stream It: Believe it or not, Jolie’s directing chops are pretty solid.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
'Super Size Me'
With his latest film "Mansome" out in theaters, let’s go back to where the Spurlocksanity started. In this 2004 documentary, Morgan Spurlock puts his life on the line for his art as he vows to eat only off the McDonald’s menu for 30 days. In the process we realize how fat our society has gotten.
Available On: SnagFilms (free)
'Lost in Translation'
Earning Sofia Coppola a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2003, this look at the travels of an over-the-hill actor and a dissatisfied newlywed showed us the talents of an emerging Scarlett Johansson and the greatness of Bill Murray.
Recently added to Hulu, Richard Kelly’s feature directing debut was a different kind of indie film, highlighting a troubled teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) who’s plagued by the visions of a large rabbit manipulating him into committing a series of crimes. We’re still waiting for Kelly to make a film that comes close to this cult classic.
Available On: Hulu Plus