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’re in Iron Man 3 mode, with noteworthy flicks featuring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley, plus additional titles featuring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Elliot Gould, Zac Efron, Edgar Ramirez, and John Cusack; check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
Part of what makes Robert Downey Jr. so valuable as an actor — and thus the kind of guy who is a boon to franchises like Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes — is that he’s inherently interesting; he’s got a cockeyed way of delivering a line and a compelling manner of showing us that he’s thinking while onscreen. So, for example, he can take a fairly standard role, like that of the high school principal in Jon Poll’s 2007 comedy, and make it into something rich and funny and more than a little strange. (Bonus: a pre-2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings in a charming supporting role.)