We'll admit, the last few weeks have been lackluster on the streaming/on demand release calendar, but it looks like we've hit a surge. "The Five Year Engagement" and "Bernie" are currently streaming... and don't come out on DVD or Blu-ray for another few weeks. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" and "Marley" also arrive, "Captain America" is now available on Netflix and Olivia Munn tries to get knocked up On Demand in "The Babymakers."
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple who get engaged after a year of dating. But, when career aspirations get in the way, the engagement stretches out a bit… like five years.
Why Stream It: Segel and Blunt play a cute couple, and there are some pretty funny bits throughout. Plus, the Blu-ray and DVD don't come out until Sept. 4.
Available On: iTunes, Amazon Instant
In search of the one thing that will win the heart of the girl of his dreams (voiced by Taylor Swift), Ted (Zac Efron) must discover the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito).
Why Stream/Watch It: One of the better Dr. Seuss adaptations.
In this plucked-from-the-headlines dramedy, Jack Black plays a small town mortician who befriends a grumpy, wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) and kills her. He then creates an illusion that she's still alive while spending her money to better the community.
Why Stream/Watch It: Outside of seeing Matthew McConaughey play a lawyer (again), it's fun to see Black play something different from his typical wacky characters. And it's not available on home video until Aug. 21.
This fascinating documentary by Kevin Macdonald looks at the life and music of Bob Marley. We see how he transcended the reggae genre with uplifting music that's still beloved today.
Why Stream It: Hey, it's summertime! What better movie to jam to than one about Bob?
Now available on Netflix, Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, a man rejected for military service due to his health and physical issues but is then recruited to be part of a "super soldier" experiment. And, thus, a patriotic Captain America is born.
Why Stream It: This great mix of history and superhero staples makes for a fun ride.
Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan from the Broken Lizard troupe star (Chandrasekhar also directs) in this madcap comedy about one man's (Paul Schneider) master plan to get his wife (Olivia Munn) pregnant after learning he's "shooting blanks."
Why Stream/Watch It: See Munn's fun side before she got all serious on "The Newsroom."
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU
Before hitting theaters on Sept. 5, you can see this thriller On Demand. Jessica Biel stars as a mother who is the latest victim of "The Tall Man" whose M.O. is to steal children in the middle of the night. This mother, however, isn't about to give up without a fight.
Why Stream/Watch It: Fans of thrillers will enjoy Biel as a mom on the trail of a crazed kidnapper.
Available On: iTunes, Cable On Demand
A group of bored, super-rich thrill-seekers are thrown on an island where they are inserted into military adventures. Actual military vet Craid McCenzie (Christian Slater) is there to make sure everything goes smoothly. Needless to say, they don't.
Why Watch It: Enjoy the random casting: Ving Rhames, James Cromwell, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan… do we need to go on?
Available On: Cable On Demand
Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger has built a reputation for mixing real world issues with comedy to create fascinating documentaries with unprecedented access. And for his latest film he's outdone himself. Traveling to Central Africa under the guise of an ambassador, Brügger plays the part of a rich European egomaniac so well that he quickly finds himself deep in the African blood diamond trade.
Why Watch It: We're not kidding when we say it’s unlike any documentary you've seen. See it before it hits theaters Aug. 24.
Available On: Cable on Demand
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Our introduction to the one-man army known as John Rambo isn't the ripped Adonis we see in the sequels but a tired Vietnam Vet who's become an outcast in the country he fought to defend. When a local sheriff pushes his buttons, Rambo unleashes hell and gives birth to one of Sylvester Stallone's iconic characters.
With "The Bourne Legacy" hitting theaters this weekend, watch the one that started it all. Matt Damon shows he can be an action star as he plays a former CIA agent with extreme memory loss.
Jim Jarmusch's classic stars Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni as cellmates who plot a jailbreak which leads them on the run in the Louisiana bayou. If you're in search of an essential indie film title, you've found it.
Available On: Hulu (free)