Movies Streaming/On Demand This Week: 'Prometheus,' 'Arbitrage' & More

Fall has sprung with a trove of new titles to consume. Check out box office hit "Prometheus" and bomb "Dark Shadows;" see for yourself if Richard Gere’s performance in "Arbitrage" is Oscar worthy; you’ve heard about it but now watch the raunchiest comedy of the year, "Klown" (yes, you read correctly); Ice-T schools us about hip-hop with "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap." Plus, with the kickoff of football season, check out some great football movies.



Ridley Scott's dive back into the "Alien" franchise (we’re all good with saying this is an "Alien" prequel, right?) sets us about 30 years before we enter the Nostromo as scientist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her team visit a distant moon in hopes of first contact and end up scrambling to save the human race.

Why Watch It: Regardless if you like the "Alien" franchise or not, on its own, the film is a thrilling ride with Scott's patented visual style.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU

'Dark Shadows'

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton re-team for this whimsical retelling of the classic '60s soap opera with Depp playing vampire Barnabas Collins, who returns home to help his descendants but has to adjust to modern times first.

Why Watch It: Though it didn't find much of an audience in theaters, Burton and Depp fans are sure to be interested.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU

Katy Perry: Part of Me

'Katy Perry: Part of Me'

From the makers of the smash Justin Bieber movie, "Never Say Never," it's now Katy Perry's turn for a closer look at the artist. This both highlights her high-powered concerts and offers a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse at the superstar.

Why Watch It: You'll be surprised by how, um, normal Perry is.

Available On: iTunes, Cable on Demand, Amazon Instant


Now in theaters, this thriller stars Richard Gere in a tour-de-force performance as a financial banker who finds himself in hot water while trying to close a landmark merger.

Why Watch It: Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling and Nate Parker offer a masterclass in acting.

Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

A group of British retirees travel to India to stay in what they think is a beautifully restored hotel. Said hotel turns out to be not quite as appealing as advertised, but it slowly grows on the group.

Why Watch It: From the director of "Shakespeare In Love," with top-notch actors Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Dev Patel starring.

Available On: iTunes, Cable On Demand, VUDU, Amazon Instant


Dutch comedy team Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen expand on their popular Danish series of the same title as we follow fictional versions of themselves go out on a sex-crazed canoe trip. However, hoping to score points with his girlfriend, Frank has his 12-year-old nephew tag along, leading to a road trip on the water that you'll never forget.

Why Watch It: Inspired by the loose improvisational style of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Hvam and Christensen take it to another level with their raunchiness.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU


Set in the 19th Century Victorian era, this romantic comedy is loosely based on the creation of the vibrator, which Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) offers to women who are misdiagnosed as being hysterical (at the time pegged to women dealing with insomnia, depression, even sexual frustration).

Why Watch It: If that description isn’t enough, Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal play a cute couple.

Available On: iTunes, Cable On Demand

'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'

Praised at Sundance. Legendary rapper Ice-T directs this look at the history of hip-hop, talking with those who shaped it into a global multi-million dollar business.

Why Watch It: From Dr. Dre to Chuck D to Ice Cube, all the greats are included.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant


In the latest from Tony Kaye ("American History X"), Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher on the brink of giving up on his students when the current lack of respect for authority in schools drives him and his colleagues to their breaking point.

Why Watch It: As is his style, Kaye doesn't hold back to show the current state of our education system.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant


This documentary from veteran filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg ("Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work") looks at the lost art of the knuckleball, a baseball pitch rarely used in the Major Leagues anymore.

Why Watch It: In a sports era where faster and stronger rules all, this fascinating doc proves that slow and steady can still win the race.

Available On: iTunes, VUDU

Dark Horse'Dark Horse'

In indie maverick Todd Solondz's latest awkward dramedy, Abe thinks he's found the perfect girl in socially awkward Miranda (Selma Blair), but he finds it difficult to woo her after he tells her he works for his father and still lives at home.

Why Watch It: Filled with uncomfortable silences and weird characters, this is typical Solondz.

Available On: iTunes

'Oslo, August 31st'

In this beautiful character study by Danish director Joachim Trier ("Reprise"), we follow a recovering drug addict who leaves treatment to interview for a job and catch up with friends.

Why Watch It: Amazing performances and direction by Trier.

Available On: iTunes


Coming to AmericaEddie Murphy Double Feature on Netflix

Just added to Netflix, you can check out two Eddie Murphy classics, "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Coming To America." Have fun taking in the greatness of Murphy before he played a vampire in Brooklyn and signed on to numerous kid-focused comedies that nosedived his career.

Pigskin Classics on YouTube

With the football season off and running, you can get into midseason form at YouTube with this collection of football films like "Remember The Titans," "Friday Night Lights," "Rudy," "Any Given Sunday" and more.

Available On: YouTube

Directors' Early Works on Hulu

Have you checked out Hulu’s new look? We dig it. Plus, front and center you'll find a compilation of early director works that include Richard Linklater's "Slacker," Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures," Kevin Smith's "Clerks" and Christopher Nolan's "Memento."

Available On: Hulu