Welcome to the first installment of Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, a new feature in which we’ll help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got new documentaries, a pair of spy spoofs from the star and director of The Artist, and a couple of titles we told (or showed) you about over the past couple of weeks. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
Much bandwidth was spent over the past week fretting the expiration of Netflix’s contract with Starz, which led to over 800 movies disappearing from Netflix Instant. Some of those disappearances sting (it was comforting to know that those Party Down episodes were always there for us), but not everyone is upset; the “Starz Play” titles were notorious among those who care about such things for their poor image quality and, more importantly, their improper aspect ratios (widescreen images were usually chopped into a 4×3 pan-and-scanned frame). Those titles disappeared yesterday, but there is a handful of non-Starz titles with one more day on them — including this underrated action/comedy from director Doug Liman (which he turned out between Swingers and The Bourne Identity). Its intertwining three-story structure caused most critics at the time to write Go off as a weak Pulp Fiction rip-off, but it holds up surprisingly well — it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s got a crackerjack car chase, and the performers are first-rate (including a pre-Justified Timothy Olyphant, a pre-30 Rock Jane Krakowski, Flavorwire favorite Sarah Polley, and a young Melissa McCarthy).