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. Netflix is losing some awfully good films at the end of July, so we’re heavy on titles with an expiration date, but we’ve got some new streamers as well — featuring Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Hilary Swank, Woody Harrelson, Miranda July, and Bruce Campbell, plus a couple of great documentaries and (cheating a bit) one of our favorite TV shows. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
The Messenger writer/director Oren Moverman reunites with star Woody Harrelson in this 2011 drama, and while it’s not quite up to their previous collaboration, it’s worth seeing for Harrelson’s scorching work. The role of defiantly dirty LA cop Dave Brown is a perfect showcase for the sense of danger that Harrelson always seems, in his best roles, to be struggling to keep at bay — the fire behind his eyes, the tension in his jaw. It’s a beautifully modulated piece of work, as his complicated and self-destructive characters creeps ever so further over the edge; you can’t take your eyes off him.