Can’t decide whether to go out or stay in to see a movie? If you don’t have a theater playing Boyhood close to you, then luckily you have your choice of some great streaming options. From quirky indie flicks to another Nicolas Cage fiasco, there’s no shortage of entertainment this weekend.
Here’s a quick look with more detail description and trailers below:
- A Long Way Down – Theaters & VOD & iTunes
- Affluenza – Theaters & VOD
- The Battered Bastards of Baseball – Netflix only
- Boyhood – Theaters only
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Theaters
- Honour – Theaters & VOD
- Ironclad: Battle For Blood – VOD only, Theaters July 25th
- Land Ho! – Theaters only
- Rage – Theaters only
- Snowpiercer – Theaters & VOD
A Long Way Down – Theaters & VOD & iTunes
In this touching comedy, a disgraced TV presenter (Pierce Brosnan), a foul-mouthed teen (Imogen Poots), an isolated single mother (Toni Collette) and an aging pizza delivery boy (Aaron Paul) – decide to end it all on New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned group of strangers unintentionally meet at Topper’s Tower, a trendy jumper hotspot, they agree to call off their plans for six weeks. Their written pact inadvertently binds them together and sweeps the public up–transforming them into unwitting media sensations—as they discover that even accidental families make life worth living. Based on the best selling novel by Nick Hornby.
Toni Collette alone is worth seeing this. Now add Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul and it’s becomes…interesting. I look forward to checking this out.
Affluenza – Theaters & VOD
An aspiring young photographer finds himself caught up in a heady world of money, sex, and privilege when he moves to wealthy Long Island in the summer of 2008. Starring Ben Rosenfield ,Nicola Peltz, and Gregg Sulkin.
Not so sure about this one. Looks like it was shot well, but I’m not sure if the story will keep me interested.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball – Netflix only
The jaw-dropping true story of a real-life “Bad News Bears,” this inspiring documentary recounts the history of the Portland Mavericks, an independent professional baseball team that broke attendance records in 1973 with a roster that included a blacklisted former Yankee pitcher, a left-handed catcher, the sport’s first female general manager, and young movie star Kurt Russell, whose actor father Bing was the scrappy team’s owner.
Can’t wait to see this!
Boyhood – Theaters only
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews. It’s a long one, but I look forward to checking it out this weekend!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Theaters
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
This proves that you can have amazing visuals and tell and intelligent story. A must see!!
Honour – Theaters & VOD
Exploring an issue that is much in the news today, HONOUR follows Mona (Aiysha Hart, Atlantis), a young British Muslim targeted by her family for an “honor killing” and the bounty hunter (Paddy Considine, The World’s End, In America) who takes the job. Combining an exciting plot with serious social commentary, HONOUR challenges viewers to confront the harsh realities of modern-day honor killings.
Sometimes the truth needs to be fictionalized to bring it to the masses. This looks to be very moving and important.
Ironclad: Battle For Blood – VOD only, Theaters July 25th
Check out Michael’s interview with the director on this week’s Reel Big Show!
A survivor of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to save his clan from Celtic raiders.
Sequel to the James Purejoy film with Paul Giamatti looks to be a violent treat.
Land Ho! – Theaters only
Back when they were brothers-in-law, married to two sisters, MITCH (Earl Lynn Nelson) and COLIN (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin’s wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can’t quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland – just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them.
This looks positively adorable. Though I probably won’t see in the theater, I will totally watch it when it comes out on Netflix.
Rage – Theaters only
When the daughter of a reformed criminal is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.
Seriously? Another teenage daughter kidnapped movie? I know Nic Cage is just churning them out, but come on, let’s get some kind of original story going here.
Snowpiercer – Theaters & VOD
It’s been 17 years since we froze the earth. The few remaining humans live on the Snowpiercer, a train on an infinite loop around the globe. For those at the front, it’s a lavish paradise of drugs and sushi in the lap of luxury; for those trapped in the tail section, life is short and cruel.
I saved the best for last. If you can see it in the theater, then by all means, you should go. If not, then turn off your phone, the lights and turn the volume way up. Enjoy!