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Now Streaming: Top Five, Falling Skies, And More

by | December 1, 2015 | Comments

There aren’t many big titles newly available on streaming video this week, but we do have plenty of worthy indies, including a Chris Rock comedy, and some decent TV, like TNT’s alien invasion series Falling Skies. Plus, there’s a holiday treat, a couple of well-received foreign films, and some classics. Read on for details:


New on Amazon Prime:

 

Top Five (2014) 86%

Chris Rock (who also directed) plays Andre Allen, a popular comic actor who’s about to be married to a famous reality TV star. He agrees to be profiled by a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson), and as they stroll about the city, Allen begins to question the decisions he’s made in his life and career.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Falling Skies: Season 5 (2015) 70%

TNT’s Steven Spielberg-produced action drama centers on a group of survivors — led by Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood — mounting a resistance effort against alien invaders.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) 93%

One of the classic Rankin-Bass TV specials from the 1970s, this stop motion animated musical features the voices of Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, and more in a dramatization of the popular holiday song.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on Netflix

 

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) 92%

This documentary chronicles the unlikely success of the studio that brought audiences both classic B-movie actioners starring Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme and films by directors like John Cassavetes and Franco Zeffirelli through the 1970s and 1980s.

Available now on: Netflix


Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) 96%

This thriller from China centers on a former cop who teams up with his old partner to solve the case that ended their careers after copycat murders begin to occur.

Available now on: Netflix


What Maisie Knew (2012) 87%

Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan star in this modern-day adaptation of a Henry James novel about the effects of divorce on a seven-year-old girl.

Available now on: Netflix


Guidance (2014) 88%

This Canadian black comedy is about a former child star who fakes his way into a gig as a high school guidance counselor.

Available now on: Netflix


A Hard Day (2014) 83%

This Korean thriller follows a detective whose involvement in a hit-and-run becomes part of a tangled criminal investigation.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Fandor

 

Grey Gardens (1975) 94%

This groundbreaking documentary by Albert and David Maysles profiles Edie Beale — aunt of Jackie Kennedy Onassis — and her daughter, also named Edie, who lived in poverty at the titular estate for decades.

Available now on: Fandor


The Big Combo (1955) 93%

A 1955 noir by Joseph Lewis, this thriller follows a cop who squares off against a ruthless mob kingpin whose sadistic methods begin to irk his own men.

Available now on: Fandor


The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) 81%

Frank Sinatra is dependably awesome in Otto Preminger’s dated but still compelling portrait of a junkie at the end of his wits.

Available now on: Fandor


Available for Purchase

 

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) 48%

The second installment of the dystopian sci-fi series finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his gang attempting to survive a barren landscape while on the run from an evil organization and deadly zombies.

Available 12/4 on: Amazon, Google PlayiTunes, Vudu


The Look of Silence (2014) 96%

This Certified Fresh ocumentary about the survivors of the Indonesian killings of 1965-66 is a companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing.

Available now on: iTunes, Vudu


Once I Was a Beehive (2015) 78%

This small independent drama follows a teenager dealing with the death of her father and her mother’s new relationship by exploring the natural world.

Available now on: iTunes, Vudu


Life (2015) 64%

Ths historical drama centers around a photo shoot by celebrated shutterbug Dennis Stock (played by Robert Pattinson) of James Dean (played by Dane DeHaan) for the titular magazine.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu