FINALLY, there’s something to be excited to stream/watch on VOD this week! The studios have finally made available some of their major titles, including "Skyfall," Best Picture nominee "Argo" and "Flight," for which star Denzel Washington is nominated for Best Actor. If you’re interested in something you may not have seen in theaters, try on "Sound City," a documentary made by The Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, which looks at the legendary music studio. There’s also "Robot & Frank," a different kind of heist movie starring Frank Langella.
We won’t go as far as saying it’s the best Bond movie of all time, but it’s pretty damn close. With the combination of an Oscar-winning director at the helm (Sam Mendes) and an Oscar-winning actor as the bad guy (Javier Bardem), 007 in the Daniel Craig era rebounds magnificently from the poorly received "Quantum of Solace."
Why Watch It: Show up for the incredible opening, stay for the "gay chicken" scene.
Though Ben Affleck was snubbed at the Oscars for Best Actor and Best Director, you may have noticed that his film has since won a slew of awards and now is a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. Check out what all the fuss is about. Here Affleck plays the leader of a CIA operation to get American diplomats out of Iran during the revolution in 1980.
Why Watch It: Decide if you like Ben Affleck the actor or director better.
As solid as ever, Denzel Washington gives a heart-wrenching performance as a pilot who saves his flight from crashing and instantly becomes a hero. However, during the investigation on what happened, his own personal demons are revealed.
Why Watch It: C’mon, it’s Denzel!
Fresh from the Sundance Film Festival last month, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl directs this look at the iconic music studio Sound City, which was the site of iconic albums from Metallica to Nirvana.
Why Watch It: Amazing to learn how a studio with such history can be instantly obsolete due to technology.
'Here Comes The Boom'
From Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, Sandler favorite Kevin James stars as a teacher who, in the hopes of keeping the extracurricular activities in his school, raises money by becoming a mixed-martial arts fighter.
Why Watch It: Let’s face it, this could have easily been an Adam Sandler vehicle, be happy it’s Kevin James instead.
'Yelling to the Sky'
Zoë Kravitz gives a gripping performance as a seventeen-year-old who's left to fend for herself after her family falls apart. Loosely based on the life of the film’s director Victoria Mahoney, this powerful look at a teen’s life in the inner-city includes a great cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Jason Clarke, Tim Blake Nelson and Shareeka Epps.
Why Watch It: Powerful story with incredible performances.
'Robot & Frank'
Frank Langella has acted along side so many humans that he’s now moved onto robots. Set in a near future, he plays an ex-jewel thief who, after receiving a robot to keep him company, decides to train his new housemate in the robbery trade as he prepares for one final heist.
Why Watch It: In a rarity for Langella, he plays his role with a lot of comedy. A refreshing sight.
Available On: iTunes [Cable On Demand 2/12]
Ever wanted to see Tyler Perry do something other than Madea? Well, you’re in luck. Playing the main character from the popular James Patterson books ("Along Came a Spider," "Kiss the Girls"), Perry’s Alex Cross is a detective who is pushed to the limit while investigating a serial killer (a ripped Matthew Fox).
Why Watch It: If anything watch to see Fox just play a madman.
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Oh, Manti Te’o, if you’d only seen this movie first. A sensation after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, the film about a guy whose online relationship leads to amazing revelations went on to cause arguments over its authenticity, a TV series on MTV and due to the Te’o story the word “catfished” has entered the popular vernacular.
Speaking of Sundance, Shane Carruth became a festival legend with this trippy time-travel indie. This will get you prepared for his follow-up, "Upstream Color," which he screened at this year’s fest.
Available On: Hulu (free)
Before becoming a household name, Jake Gyllenhaal stared as Homer Hickam, son of a coal miner, who builds a rocket with his friends during the buzz of the Sputnik launch. The actions by these boys would lead to the country’s growing interest in space travel.