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, Netflix did a big drop of catalog titles, some of them (like the ever-fluctuating 007 movies) returning after the notorious “Streamageddon.” So we’ve got great stuff from Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Kevin Spacey, Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Harvey Kietel, David Fincher, John Hughes, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Kevin Smith, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
Director Dan Mirvish adapts Joe Hortua’s play, in which a group of college friends, now a pair of very different couples, re-collide on two occasions. In one meeting, one couple (Taye Diggs and Julia Stiles) are newlyweds and the other (David Harbour and Melissa George) are on the verge of divorce; two years later, one marriage is saved but the other is on the brink of destruction. The dialogue is rife with little tensions and tiny jabs, rendering the group dynamics credible — you believe these people, and these relationships. But it’s not just Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Lite; there’s some heavy subject matter here, about coastal and Midwestern snobbery, the decaying and compromising of dreams, and the ease with which we can fall in and out of love. Tensely directed and admirably performed, and tight without seeming boxed-in — as so many theatrical adaptations do. (Available for rental and purchase on Amazon and iTunes)