This week we have a nice mix of titles for ya. Hot on the heels of the Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattinson dust up, the film that bought on all the trouble, "Snow White and the Huntsman," is out. There’s also much anticipated horrors "V/H/S" and "The Cabin in the Woods."
And if you didn’t get enough of Jason Statham roundhousing people in "The Expendables 2," check out "Safe."
Kristen Stewart plays a much tougher Snow White in this highly stylized and darker version of the fairytale. Charlize Theron is cast perfectly as the Evil Queen, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Huntsman, perhaps has found another franchise (alongside "Thor") with talks of a sequel.
Why Watch It: You know the K.Stew scandal with "SWATH" director Rupert Sanders has piqued your interest.
Just in time to save us from the recent string of flat horrors in theaters (seriously, what was the deal with "The Possession"?), Drew Goddard's smart spine-tingler (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon) stars Chris Hemsworth who, along with a group of friends, travel to a remote cabin and uncover some strange occurrences.
Why Watch It: Smart, scary, darkly funny. Should we go on?
Jason Statham stars in his usual tough guy role, this time playing Luke, a cage fighter who, after not taking a dive during a match, pays the price when the Russian mob kills his wife. Now riddled with guilt, Luke comes across an 11-year-old being tormented by the same mob. That's when Luke dishes out a little payback.
Why Watch It: Statham kicking ass is just fun to behold.
This Sundance favorite combines some young horror auteurs (Ti West, Adam Wingard, David Bruckner) and a few we didn't know had it in them (Joe Swamber, Radio Silence) for a series of found-footage horror shorts.
Why Watch It: If you scoff when you hear "found footage," give this a chance anyway.
Breaking the house record at NYC's IFC Center when it premiered there a few weekends ago, Mike Birbiglia's entertaining look at life as a stand-up comedian is as touching as it is funny.
Why Watch It: Birbiglia's heartfelt material and great supporting cast (Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, Alex Karpovsky) makes this a must-see.
Available On: Cable On Demand
A big hit on VOD last year, this look at the financial crisis within the walls of a Wall Street investment bank has now come to Netflix.
Why Watch It: Amazing performances delivered by Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel about dinosaurs cloned back to life to wreck havoc has spawned two sequels with a third currently in production. To prepare you for the next installment, you can now stream the first three films.
For our money, the best Wayans Bros. film (close second: "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"). The youngest of the Wayans — Shawn and Marlon — get a taste of the spotlight as they star in this spoof on some of the classic urban films from the '90s.
Available On: iTunes
James Foley directs David Mamet's legendary stage play for the screen about the inner foul-mouthed workings of a real-estate office where "leads" can make or break your year. We suggest pairing this up with "Margin Call" one evening for a sweet double feature.
VOD under $3
If none of these options pique your interest try your On Demand service’s “Movies Under $3” category in the Movies Collection section. Got some great classics: "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Apocalypse Now," "The Big Lebowski," "Blue Velvet," "Casablanca" and "Fight Club" to name a few.