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Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller in "While We're Young" / Al Pacino in "Danny Collins"

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Danny Collins’

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For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
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Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in "Beyond the Lights"; Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in "The Fisher King"

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Beyond the Lights,’ ‘The Fisher King’

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We’ve seen some grim weeks for new releases in the half-year or so that this column has run, but never one quite like this — I mean, seriously, try to find a movie you’ve even heard of in this sad bunch. Luckily, the week’s not a total washout, thanks (as usual) to Netflix and Criterion; the former is debuting a gripping documentary, an earnest love story, and one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, while the latter gives us a Terry Gilliam classic and a German antiwar film that you probably haven’t seen, but should.
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Shawn Christensen and Fatima Ptacek in "Before I Disappear"; Justin Peck in "Ballet 422"

The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Ballet 422,’ ‘Before I Disappear’

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It’s a remarkably quiet week on the home video front; the “biggest” new releases on the shelf are the long-delayed (and much booed) Jeff Bridges/Julianne Moore epic The Seventh Son — not, sadly, a Lebowski sequel — and Spike Lee’s unfortunate Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. But Netflix is streaming one of our favorite sleepers of last year, and the Blu-ray shelves include a terrific dance doc, two stellar Criterion thrillers, and a pair of entertaining comedies from Monty Python alums.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Girlhood’

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Temperatures are rising and the multiplexes are filling with big summer blockbusters, which is about all the reason you need to say to hell with it, lock the doors, and watch movies in your living room. It’s a particularly eclectic week on the home video front, with Netflix offering up one of the year’s best films thus far, a monster war movie and a revolutionary Shakespeare adaptation on the new-release shelf, and Criterion presenting two flawed but fascinating almost-classics.
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