(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.)
You may recognize this column name from its appearances surrounding the Sundance, Toronto and New York film festivals over the last two years. Festivals provide an important opportunity to assess filmmakers releasing new works and contextualizing them within their previous projects. They’re often useful for cinephiles and writers looking for growth or an auteurist stamp.
But … why limit it to just festivals? Each month offers a fresh crop of new releases, many of which are culminations or further explorations of elements from those creative teams’ prior work. So we’ve now expanded this feature to encompass each month’s new releases, and believe it or not, there are even things to look at in the barren terrain of January – Hollywood’s traditional graveyard for ominous-looking releases.
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Netflix has turned true crime documentaries into must-binge-TV. With a series of films and docu-series, the streaming service rejuvenated the somewhat stale sub-genre, churning out stunning, shocking works that resonate in ways many past true crime docs haven’t. This week, Netflix has revived a classic true crime docu-series – The Staircase – adding new episodes to the previously-completed show. Now, The Staircase grows an ever-crowded line-up of Netflix true crime docs.
Sorting through all of these documentaries and docu-series to find the good stuff can be a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, I’ve checked my sources, pinned a bunch of notes up on a cork-board, connected all those notes with string, and compiled a list of the best Netflix original true crime documentaries.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a monthly column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Next month offers a wealth of options for movie fans of all tastes. How about a thriller from one of the greatest filmmakers of the past 50 years? How about an Oscar-winning drama that’s as good as you’ve heard? If you’re feeling especially adventurous, how about an English TV movie so scary that it’s hardly been seen in 25 years? We have all of this and more!
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There are so many great documentaries released each year, and it’s a shame that some don’t get seen by as many people as they should. Thankfully, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as other VOD services, have made it easier for audiences to see the docs that usually don’t get a wide release in theaters. This week, we have three very different documentaries about three very different subjects, and they all have new trailers.
First, there’s a documentary called Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, a chronicle of how the surf band made one of their most iconic albums. Then there’s Fight for Space, which takes a look at the space race of the 1960s and asks why our fascination with space and support of NASA have stopped in recent years. Finally, there’s the Sundance selected doc Casting JonBenet, which takes a unique look at the murder of young JonBenet Ramsey.
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A lot of films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a wider audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival, we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2017. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. These are the movies sold at Sundance 2017.
Latest update: IFC Films and Sony Pictures acquires Band Aid, Magnolia buys Fergeson documentary Whose Streets?.
Previous update: The Orchard and CNN Films acquire the endangered animal hunting documentary Trophy, A24 lands father/son drama Menashe, and The Orchard acquires the US documentary grand jury prize winner Dina.
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