Hopefully you (and your Netflix queue) survived #Streamageddon last week. But if you’re still trying to get over the shock of "Goldfinger" or "Stardust Memories" no longer being a click away, try on these new titles, plus some that may be worth a view this Mother’s Day weekend.
In the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation Julianne Hough plays a woman who appears in a sleepy North Carolina town hoping to get away from her past. She soon falls for a guy (Josh Duhamel) getting over the loss of his wife. The two soon connect and try to overcome their deep-seeded issues.
Why Watch It: Director Lasse Hallström brings a much needed twist in the Sparks love story.
In the latest Jason Statham action movie we are given a bit of a jolt with the arrival of Jennifer Lopez (and a brand name director in Taylor Hackford). Here Statham plays a thief with a sense of morals. However, when he’s double-crossed in his latest job and left for dead he enacts some revenge.
Why Watch It: Statham and Lopez together may seem a little off, but they work it out.
This dramedy set in the burbs follows the friendship between the Wallings (Catherine Keener, Hugh Laurie, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat) and Ostroffs (Leighton Meester, Allison Janney and Oliver Platt) and the secret affair the Walling’s dad (Laurie) is having with the Ostroffs’ daughter (Meester).
Why Watch It: A bit of American Beauty mixed with Desperate Housewives hijinks.
Available On: Cable On Demand, iTunes
'Stand Up Guys'
With a lineup that would probably have been highly anticipated thirty years ago, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin play aging wise guys who are dealing with their own mortality while trying to stay with the code of the street.
Why Watch It: Hey, if we can believe Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren can work in "Red," why not this?
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU
Nine years after blowing audiences away with his mind-bending debut Primer, Shane Carruth returns with an equally head scratcher as he stars opposite indie “It” girl Amy Seimetz as two people who have become drawn to one another as they struggle to collect the pieces of their troubled lives.
Why Watch It: If you don’t know who she is yet, you’ll certainly remember the name Amy Seimetz after this.
Available On Demand same day as it hits theaters, Eli Roth produces and stars in this horror set in Chile that follows a group of nightclub-goers (which includes Selena Gomez) who survive a deadly earthquake and now must struggle to survive as the city turns into a bloody war zone.
Why Watch It: Those who need some good gore right about now are in for a treat.
Available On: Cable On Demand [5/10]
OLDIES BUT GOODIES (Mother’s Day Edition)
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, so sit back with her and enjoy these Mom-strong titles.
'King of Comedy'
When you think of lovable mother characters in cinematic history Martin Scorsese’s real mother Catherine (who he placed in cameos in many of his movies) has to be high on the list. One of her best was playing the concerned mom of Rupert Pupkin in "King of Comedy." Though we don’t see her, she makes her presence known as she interrupts Rupert during the scenes when he is in his basement fantasizing about being on stage with his idol, Jerry Langford.
'Mother' (1996), 'Mother' (2009)
Two movies with the same title but extremely different stories. In 1996 Albert Brooks wrote, directed and starred in this charming mother/son relationship comedy opposite Debbie Reynolds. Equally great (for completely different reasons) is Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 thriller a mother (fantastic performance by Kim Hye-ja) driven to unthinkable lengths to try to clear her son’s name.
'Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore'
Another Scorsese classic has Ellen Burstyn in her Oscar-winning performance as a recently widowed mother who goes on the road with her son to try to make it as a singer.
'Terms of Endearment'
The recipient of five Oscars in 1983, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson and Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine, James L. Brooks’ (he also won best director) classic follows the journey of mother Aurora (MacLaine) and daughter Emma (Debra Winger) through their differing lives that includes love, loss but a eternal bond between mother and daughter.