Bummed Memorial Day weekend is over? Well use your lunch break to watch some of the new titles now streaming and On Demand. Like Keri Russell getting scared shitless in "Dark Skies" or John Cusack in a rare action role in "The Number Station" or Keanu Reeves being… Keanu Reeves in "Generation Um." We’ve also got a few summertime classics to make you think you’re having fun in the sun.
Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton star in this suburban-set horror about a family who after dealing with a string of bizarre occurrences begin to realize that something sinister is trying to overtake them.
Why Watch It: The producers behind "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" concoct another white-knuckle screamer.
'The Numbers Station'
John Cusack throws on his rarely-seen action pants for this black ops thriller that follows a secret agent (Cusack) as he’s assigned to protect the woman (Malin Akerman) whose job it is to assign agent’s their top secret missions.
Why Watch It: Think of "Grosse Pointe Blank"… but a lot darker.
Keanu Reeves leads this relationship drama set in a day in NYC as his slacker character John tries to figure out what’s wrong with his sex-crazed/drug-filled life as he turns the camera (literally) on himself and his two friends (played by Bojana Novakovic and Adelaide Clemens).
Why Watch It: In intimate tale with a performance by Reeves that harkens back to his younger years.
'Wonder Women! The Untold Stories of American Superheroines'
A hit on the festival circuit in 2012, this little gem looks at the evolution of women characters in film and TV (launched of course by the popularity of the Wonder Woman comic and TV show) and how its led to more strong-willed and successful females in important roles at male-driven corporations and in politics through the last few decades.
Why Watch It: An inspiring examination of female trailblazers.
Available On: iTunes
OLDIES BUT GOODIES (Summer Edition)
Memorial Day has past so time to start using those vacation days (or just play hooky) and enjoy the summer. While you’re at it, get in the mood with some of these titles.
It’s a title that doesn’t come to mind when you think of John Candy films, but this hidden gem directed by Carl Reiner highlights Candy’s great guy next door quality as he plays an overworked father who takes his family to the beach and ends up in a feud with a preppy yachtsman.
'Do The Right Thing'
Spike Lee’s Oscar nominated classic set in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year broke ground on discussions of racial tension back when it was released in 1989 and to this day raises many questions and issues that still need to be addressed.
'Wet Hot American Summer'
Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce and Molly Shannon are just a few of the notable stars in this wacky cult classic from the comedy trio Stella (Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black and David Wain). In it we follows the counselors on the last day of camp on a hot summer day in 1981.
A modern telling of the campy 1978 horror, this version has everything you need to beak the heat: sun, skin, flesh eating fish, an indestructible Ving Rhames and one of the better last scenes you’ll see in these kinds of movies.