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. This week, we’ve got new films starring Aubrey Plaza, Mike Birbiglia, John Krasinksi, Sarah Polley, Rosemarie DeWitt, Olivia Thirlby, and Paul Dano, plus three of last year’s best documentaries and a killer hour with our favorite stand-up. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovering a movie that’s a genuine original, and that’s what Safety Not Guaranteed is — intelligent, utterly unpredictable and anchored by a marvelous lead performance by the great Aubrey Plaza (who we talked to about the movie last year at SXSW). There’s big laughs in her interactions with a possibly (okay, probably) crazy Mark Duplass, but the story shifts into contemplative pathos and genuine wonder in the third act with such skill that it’s almost a sneak attack — you’re surprised by how absorbed you’ve become in this nutty little picture.