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The Killing Joke Premieres, Four Almodóvar Films Go Digital, and More Movies Streaming This Week

by | July 26, 2016 | Comments

This week on streaming video, we’ve got a highly anticipated Batman animated film, four selections from the filmography of celebrated Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and a couple of small recent films available to purchase. Then, on subscription services, we’ve got some quality TV, a couple of thrillers, and more. Read on for the full list.

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) 36%

Based on one of the darkest chapters in the Caped Crusader’s saga, this animated film finds Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) squaring off with the Joker (Mark Hamill), who gets an origin story and later attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise) insane.

Available now on: Amazon, FandangoNowiTunes

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) 78%

The first of four Pedro Almodóvar films newly available to purchase on iTunes, this darkly comic drama about a housewife attempting to keep a level head in the midst of a gaggle of eccentric relatives.

Available 7/31 on: iTunes

Born to Be Blue (2015) 88%

Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo star in this Certified Fresh biopic of doomed jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes

Into the Forest (2015) 76%

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood star in this thriller about a pair of sisters attempting to survive an apocalyptic power outage by retreating into the woods surrounding their home.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes

Live Flesh (1997) 81%

Pedro Almodóvar’s loose adaptation of the Ruth Rendell novel of the same name centers on a young man and a cop whose lives become interwined at the scene of a domestic dispute.

Available 7/31 on: iTunes

Dark Habits (1984) 73%

Another selection from Almodóvar, this dark comedy follows a nightclub singer who seeks refuge in a convent run by eccentric nuns after her lover ODs on bad heroin.

Available 7/31 on: iTunes

Kika (1993) 59%

Lastly from Almodóvar, another dark comedy, this time following an aspiring actress-turned-makeup artist and the various criminals, schemers, and unsavory people who populate her life.

Available 7/31 on: iTunes

Dough (2015) 53%

Jonathan Pryce stars in this dramedy about a London bakery owner who hires a teen pot dealer as an assistant and makes a killing when the boy’s marijuana stash finds its way into the mixing dough.

Available now on: iTunes

New on Netflix


BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (2016) 100%

Will Arnett lends his voice to this Netflix original animated series’ title character, a washed-up former sitcom star — who happens to be an anthropomorphic horse — attempting to make a comeback and dealing with various personal issues.

Available now on: Netflix

The Wave (2015) 83%

This Certified Fresh Norwegian thriller centers on a fjord collapse and the subsequent danger it poses to a sleepy tourist town.

Available now on: Netflix

High Strung (2016) 75%

This musical drama follows the artistic and personal collaboration between a ballet dancer and a street musician.

Available now on: Netflix

Rise of the Legend (2014) 63%

Sammo Hung stars in this martial arts film about a young fighter who returns to his home village to exact vengeance upon the gang boss who murdered his father.

Available now on: Netflix

New on Amazon Prime


Vikings: Season 4 (2016) 92%

Based on the legends of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, this History Channel original drama focuses on his rise from farmer to warrior, and from raider of England and France to King of the Vikings.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

Z for Zachariah (2015) 78%

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine star in this Certified Fresh sci-fi drama about a woman whose rural refuge from a nuclear disaster is unsettled by the arrival of two strangers.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

Defiance: Season 3 (2015) 80%

SyFy’s action drama imagines a future Earth where aliens called Votans must work together with a hostile human population to survive the war-ravaged planet.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

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