Available weeks before going On Demand, you can watch Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Life of Pi" now via streaming. But don’t worry MOD lovers, we've got you covered too, as "The Master" is just a remote click away. Also new this week: "Rise of the Guardians" and - before hitting theaters - the Juno Temple, um, hard-hitting comedy "The Brass Teapot" (it will make more sense when you read below).
'Life of Pi'
Considered an unfilmable book, Yann Martel’s best-seller is masterfully brought to life by Ang Lee. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won several, including Best Director.
Why Watch It: Yes, the visuals will take your breath away, but the performance by lead Suraj Sharma is one of the more underrated this year.
Like most Paul Thomas Anderson films his latest is adored by some and thought pretentious by others. A look inside the inner-workings of an alt-religion, the story was inspired by Anderson’s obsession with reading about Scientology. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman give amazing performances (and both received Oscar nominations in return) as men searching for answers with questionable intentions.
Why Watch It: Like PTA or not, you can’t deny that the man gets amazing performances out of his actors.
'Rise of the Guardians'
Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and other stars lend their voices to this unique kind of superhero film: using our favorite mythical figures from our childhood as our protectors.
Why Watch It: Great one for the kids.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, we follow Komona (Rachel Mwanza), a teenage African girl who is abducted by the rebel army and thrust into guerrilla warfare. However, with the help of a fellow soldier and ghost-like visions, Komona may be able to return to a normal life.
Why Watch It: A powerful story with a raising star in Mwanza.
'The Brass Teapot'
Never shy to star in projects that are a little out there, Juno Temple teams with Alexis Bledel to play a young couple who while struggling to find work stumble across a magic teapot that withdraws money when they hurt themselves. As the two find creative ways to enact pain on each other, there are others who are hot on their trail to reclaim the pot.
Why Watch It: Clever twist on the romantic comedy.
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU [Opens in theaters April 4]
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
'Gone Baby Gone'
In celebration of his Best Picture win for "Argo," go back to Ben Affleck’s directorial debut starring his brother Casey as a Boston detective investigating the kidnapping of a little girl and the heart-wrenching decision he’s forced to make.
Nominated for Best Documentary in 2010, you will never see the food you eat the same way again as director Robert Kenner shows us the despicable ways America’s corporations control our food.
Take a stroll through Italy’s capital with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in this classic love story of Hepburn as a sheltered princess who escapes her handlers and takes a liking to an American newsman.