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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Tig’

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It’s a pretty dry week for new releases — the only one really worth your time (though it’s definitely worth it) is the New Zealand vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, co-starring and co-directed by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. But one of the finest indies of the ‘80s hits Blu-ray this week via the Criterion Collection, and Netflix, as usual, can help fill in your viewing gaps.
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‘Digging for Fire’ and Taylor Swift’s Approval: Links You Need to See

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Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg — whose forte is slice-of-life filmmaking — has a new film which Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey deemed “a series of keenly observed moments that defy your typical (read: dull) three-act conventions in favor of something messier and, frankly, more interesting” and Variety describes as “a lovely slice of everything and nothing.
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Watch: America Is Ruled by Nazis in Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Trailer

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When Amazon first released their Man in the High Castle pilot back in January, it seemed to match its ambitious premise with pure excellence. Among the round of pilots Amazon released, Flavorwire’s TV editor Pilot Viruet said this was the “most promising” by a “long shot.” The promise was tantalizing, given that audiences didn’t know exactly when — or whether — it’d become a full series. Now, Amazon has released the first trailer for it, indicating that it’ll arrive this fall on Amazon Prime, and its politically horrific plot and aesthetic awe-inducement certainly corroborate early reviews’ approval.
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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘It Follows,’ ‘Ex Machina’

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One of the most interesting new releases of the week — from the standpoint of both movies and the movie business — is the direct-to-Netflix chiller Creep, which you can read more about here. But even past that innovative release, this is a four-star week for discs and on-demand viewing (so much that we’ve expanded from our customary top five format), with one of the year’s best dramas, two widely acclaimed genre pictures, two terrific titles from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten gem from one of indie cinema’s godfathers.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Maggie,’ ‘Slow West’

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This week’s new release shelf contains two movies that I wish we could count among spring’s sleeper hits — but in spite of their high quality and genre trappings, they never found an audience at the art house. But that’s what home video is for, right? Also out this week: a terrific period thriller, and a pair of catalog titles, new to Netflix and worth a second look.
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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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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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