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 great stuff from Dustin Hoffman, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Gosling, Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart, John Malkovich, Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Albert Brooks, Bill Hader, Ted Danson, Kristen Wiig, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
The most interesting of the week’s new Netflix Instant releases is this lo-fi horror effort from last year, directed (surprisingly enough) by Rain Man and Wag the Dog’s Barry Levinson. And while it’s strange to see the character-based comedy/drama specialist delving into the waters of found-footage horror (his only previous film to even tinker with supernatural elements was Sphere, not exactly a career highlight), the fact that he made a genre films as taut and effective as The Bay is a pleasant surprise — this is a genuinely unnerving piece of creepy-crawly craftsmanship that gets (almost literally) under your skin. Contrary to popular opinion, this kind of thing is not easy to do well. Maybe it took a director of Levinson’s skill to slum so successfully.