Streaming on Netflix
If you were less than thrilled with The Fifth Estate (and you're not alone), Netflix offers We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, which tells the same story in a documentary. Disney's James and the Giant Peach is a fun surreal flick for kids, and fans of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland can stream the first two seasons of Once Upon a Time. And if you want to compare the new Carrie (read our review here) to the original De Palma version starring Sissy Spacek, that's up too.
The Jackass franchise has released another loose story brimming with gags. According to critics, Bad Grandpa is a lot like its predecessors (four films over 11 years). The A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan says it has a more linear flow than the rest: "Bad Grandpa mostly succeeds in its very modest goal. It's Borat without the satirical edge." The New York Times' Neil Genzlinger says, "It's hard to score big laughs with hidden-camera material these days . . . but Mr. Knoxville and his young sidekick still land a few jaw-droppers." The content of this comedy seems to be jaw-dropping for some Christian critics too, but not in a positive way—Bob Hoose of Plugged In calls the film, among other things, a "pointless phlegm hawk into the stormy wind."
Blue is the Warmest Color first garnered critical buzz at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where both leading actresses and the director received the Palme d'Or from the Steven Spielberg-led jury. It also sparked controversy among critics everywhere for its explicitly depicted lesbian relationship (read the Quick Take for June 10 here.) And it releases in theaters nationwide today, so people are taking yet another look. ...