Box office hit "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" has hit iTunes, as has the radiation-filled thriller "Chernobyl Diaries." Family dramas "People Like Us" and "Peace, Love & Misunderstandings" are available through streaming and On Demand, while a marathon offering of James Bond can be found at Amazon Instant.
So let's get to it.
In the latest installment of this star-studded animated comedy, Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and the rest of the gang are now traveling through Europe with a circus and, yep, they're still trying to arrive back at the Central Park Zoo. Obviously, hilarity en-zoos.
Why Watch It: One of the rare, appreciated animated features not made by Pixar.
Available On: iTunes (Cable On Demand Oct. 16), Amazon Instant
Apparently, it's become hip to take time off for "extreme" vacations to locations that were once dangerous. In this horror flick produced by "Paranormal Activity" creator Oren Peli, six friends travel to the city where the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster took place in the '80s. As they walk the now-deserted streets, the friends quickly learn they are not alone.
Why Watch It: An impressive horror, damn what the critics say.
Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks star in this touching family drama that follows a salesman (Pine) who while settling his deceased father’s estate learns that he has a sister (Banks) leading both of them to reexamine their feelings about family.
Why Watch It: Pine and Banks are a good team and the story is heartfelt.
Going through a divorce and needing a change of scenery, an uptight NYC lawyer (Catherine Keener) takes her two teenage kids (Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff) to her mom's (Jane Fonda) hippie commune. With some much-needed heart-to-hearts and small-town romances, the family takes down the barriers they've built around them and realize how much they need one another.
Why Watch It: Cute story with great supporting cast including Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford, Katharine McPhee, Rosanna Arquette and Kyle MacLachlan.
Available On: iTunes, Amazon Instant
Rodrigo Cortes, director of the claustrophobic thriller "Buried," returns to the genre for his follow-up but this time leaves the coffin behind. Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy play psychologists who investigate psychics and their true powers. After proving most of them are frauds, the team faces their biggest challenge in a renowned psychic (Robert De Niro) who's come out of hiding.
Why Watch It: Filled with scares and will keep you guessing until the end.
Pegged as the "other cult movie" to come out of 2011 Sundance thanks to the success of "Martha Marcy May Marlene." This one stars Brit Marling ("Another Earth") as the leader of a group who claims she's from the future. When a journalist and his girlfriend investigate, they see her power first hand.
Why Watch It: Marling may pull off a better performance than Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy." Just sayin'.
Djbiri (Sy Alassane) is an African immigrant living in NYC. His passion for music drives him but, when he falls for Trini (Sky Nicole Grey), he delves into a dangerous world.
Why Watch It: Stylish and beautifully acted, it focuses on a New York that's rarely seen.
Available On: Cable On Demand
Before Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn caught American's attention with his stylish noir "Drive," he made "Pusher," a trilogy about the criminal underworld of Copenhagen. Here, the American version looks at a drug dealer's life that spins out of control.
Why Watch It: If it's anything like Refn's original, get ready for a good time.
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU (In Theaters Oct 26)
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise and prepare for "Skyfall" with a little James Bond from years past. Amazon Instant has "Quantum of Solace," "Casino Royale," and classics like "Dr. No," "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger." We know what we'll be doing this weekend.
Following his hit "Desperado," Robert Rodriguez showed us a different kind of vampire movie with this campy horror starring George Clooney (still in his "ER" glory days) and Quentin Tarantino as brothers on the run from the law who find refuge at a dingy roadhouse. Let's just say the evening gets a little crazy.
One of the greatest movies of all time is not available on Netflix streaming. Billy Wilder's look at the dark side of Hollywood pegs William Holden as a broke screenwriter who stumbles upon a silent movie goddess (Gloria Swanson) who thinks the lights still shine bright for her.