Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we 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 find Netflix purging a bunch of good titles for a giant batch of new ones in early June (must be some sort of mid-year end-of-contract period or something), so our list is mostly — but not entirely — comprised of stuff you’ll have to get on quick, featuring stars like Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson, Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder, and Sylvester Stallone. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
We haven’t seen much in the way of new releases since our last installment, but Netflix did start streaming one of our favorite films of the ’90s a couple of weeks back: Rob Reiner’s The American President, the first original screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, which basically served as a dry run for The West Wing (with Martin Sheen as chief of staff role instead of commander-in-chief). Wryly funny and smashingly romantic, it features one of Michael Douglas’ finest performances, a wonderful turn by Annette Bening, and a fine piece of counter-intuitive casting for an unbilled Richard Dreyfuss. And, yes, there are lots and lots of walk-and-talks.