Welcome to Flavorwire’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 has dropped a ton of new and catalog titles over the past couple of weeks, so we’ve got movies from George Clooney, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, Steve Buscemi, Paul Greengrass, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen Brothers, plus the most recent Best Picture winner and one of our favorite documentaries of the year. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
One of the most enjoyable too-good-to-be-true-stories of recent years, this black comedy from director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) is a clever hybrid of documentary and docudrama, telling the story of an East Texas funeral home director (a wonderfully henpecked Jack Black) who murdered an elderly widow, to the secret delight of their small town. The town denizens play themselves in talking head interviews, while Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey turn in ace supporting performances. Warm, funny, strange, and delightful.