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The 7 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Man Up’

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After a brief, Sundance-induced hiatus last week, our home media column is back and our cup runneth over – seven movies this week instead of the customary five. (But if it evens it out for you, at least three are movies most other critics don’t recommend.) The spectrum this week runs from a Best Picture nominee to a first-person dating documentary to a charmingly goofy rom-com; a little something for everyone, in other words, even you fans of mediocre Bill Murray movies.
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The Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch Right Now

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We’re just weeks away from the 88th Academy Awards, set to air on Sunday, February 28 at 8:30PM EST. The controversy about diversity amongst nominees and Hollywood in general has dominated the 2016 awards season, and we’re looking forward to hearing what Oscars host Chris Rock will have to say about the issue, amongst other things. In the meantime, play catch up with all the movies you missed this year. Refer to our handy list to see what’s available to stream online right now. We’ve also included updates on non-streamable films. Find a cozy spot and get watching. Feel free to cast your predictions for winners in the comments.
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Amazon’s Pressure-Cooker Comedy ‘Mad Dogs’ Might Be Too Intense to Binge-Watch

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The premise of Mad Dogs, the latest product off of Amazon’s pilot-voting-series pipeline, reads like a joke setup: a teacher, a burnout, a disgraced lawyer, and a finance bro walk into a mansion in Belize; you’ll never guess what happens next! Which is our first clue that despite its length (an hour) and level of violence (high), Mad Dogs is still a comedy, and works best when it leans in to the laughs.
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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’

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This column will take a hiatus next week due to a little trip to Park City, Utah, but not to worry – thanks to a particularly heavy week of new disc releases, we’ve bulged past our usual five recommendations to six. And they’re good ones: one of last year’s best indies, two terrific late summer/early fall studio pictures, a pair of must-haves from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten horror thriller that’s worth a curiosity glance.
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What Amazon’s 2015 Bestsellers Say About Us

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Well, it’s the first working day of the new year. Perhaps, then, it’s time to investigate the year that’s just passed by way of Amazon’s recently released, insensibly titled “Customer Favorites: 2015’s Top-Selling New Releases” list. Why does the fact that something sold well mean it’s a customer favorite? Can’t you buy something on a whim and hate it? But ignoring, for the moment, Amazon’s insidious conflation of consumerism and taste, there is still much to be made of its list.
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