Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s good stuff from James Gandolfini, Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Catherine Keener, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson, Anna Chlumsky, John Hawkes, Joss Whedon, Steven Soderbergh, Pedro Almodovar, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.

The Avengers

Say what you will about the five-film build-up, the assault of advertising, the power of the Marvel brand, the all-star cast, and all the other elements that made Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up tale (new this week on Netflix) one of the highest-grossing films of all time. But those elements were merely what delivered its bang-up opening weekend; the film’s staying power and repeat visits (where the real money is made) were because the folks at Marvel were smart enough to bring in a smart filmmaker with a distinctive voice, and let him make both a tentpole summer blockbuster and a witty ensemble comedy.