These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and VUDU each week in Moviefone's Digital Download.
This week's Digital Download picks range from a psycho killer mannequin shop owner and a seductive new neighbor, to a Chinese meth lord and the has-been cast of a sci-fi TV show. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: 'Galaxy Quest' (1999)
This space parody stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman as burnt-out actors from a cancelled cult sc-fi show. But when aliens in distress pick up signals of the show's reruns and believe it to be real, the actors have to do their best to play real heroes. "Galaxy Quest" is one of the funniest and freshest sci-fi satires to date.
Stream It On:Amazon Instant Video
Action: 'Thor' (2011)
Need to get pumped for this week's return of the God of Thunder in "Thor: The Dark World," or just want an excuse to have a weekend of Marvel madness? There's no better way to satiate your action appetite then with the film first about your favorite hammer-wielding superhero. Watch as the powerful Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth, only to eventually save them from an evil villain.
Rent It On:VUDU
Classic: 'The Seven Year Itch' (1955)
In this Billy Wilder classic, Marilyn Monroe stars in her iconic role as the new neighbor who tempts the lonely, middle-aged Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell). He attempts to sweep her off her feet and make a move, but soon begins to panic at the thought of his vacationing wife finding out. While "The Seven Year Itch" is rather dated, its witty Wilder style humor still holds up, and we can't forget Monroe's famous air-vent dress scene.
Stream It On:Netflix
Sci-Fi/Horror: 'Maniac' (2013)
You may never look at Frodo the same again. This remake of the 1980 slasher cult favorite stars Elijah Wood at his creepiest. "Maniac," co-written by Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eye,") follows a lonely mannequin shop owner who hunts down and murders women at night. And the souvenir he takes with him? You'll just have to watch for yourself. While this remake deviates from the original, it's still full of thrilling bloody horrors that will get your heart racing.
Stream It On:Netflix
Indie/Documentary: 'A Year in Burgundy' (2012)
This documentary from David Kennard profiles seven French wine-making families over the course of a year. From a hard winter to a stifling heat wave, crafting the perfect bottle isn't easy, and "A Year in Burgundy" reveals the artistry and dedication that goes into it. If you proclaim yourself a true sommelier, or you're just a lover of the fermented grape, this doc is a perfect weekend watch to pair with a glass of red.
Rent It On:iTunes
Foreign: 'Drug War' (2013)
When a major meth manufacturer is captured by the cops, he has no choice but to become an informant and help take down the cartel he's been cooking for. This Chinese action film, from Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To, is a suspense-packed actioner that will please any "Breaking Bad" fan or gangster flick lover.
Rent It On:VUDU
New to Stream:
- 'As I Lay Dying' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'Computer Chess' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'Frances Ha' Rent or Buy On: SundanceNow
- 'Girl Most Likely' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'Grown Ups 2' Rent or Buy On: VUDU
- 'Lovelace' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'Passion' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'Renoir' Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- 'White House Down' Rent or Buy On: VUDU