Welcome to The Streaming Report for March 27, 2014, a weekly feature that suggests newly uploaded movies to Netflix Watch Instant. After the long week on the grind you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix has been kind enough to supply us with Mud, 20 Feet from Stardom, The Grandmaster, and more which you’ll find after the break.
Mud (Jeff Nichols) Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, and Reese Witherspoon
If you loved McConaughey‘s performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club you’re going to find Mud just as enthralling. An intimate story about love, growing up, and family with two great performances by unexpected young actors. For those keeping track of the McConaughsance than you won’t want to miss this. (Watch Now)
The Grandmaster (Kar Wai Wong) The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. Starring Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Jin Zhang
There have been many iterations of Ip Man lately, but The Grandmaster is by far one of the most beautifully shot movies of them all. The U.S. version is a bit all over the place compared to the International version, which I’m assuming this is not. I have only see the U.S. version and the story is a bit dry,but if you’re looking for a film that has great action this is your go-to right here. (Watch Now)
20 feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville) Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Lisa Fischer
The winner for Best Documentary at the Oscars this year, 20 Feet from Stardom is a truly engrossing story to take in. Fascinating from beginning to end, the memories shared by these back up singers will touch your heart. The film does feel a bit repetitive at times, but it has a short run time and definitely worth your time if you love documentaries. (Watch Now)
Jobs (Joshua Michael Stern) The story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, and Josh Gad
Cold and lifeless, Jobs is a very weak attempt at imitating David Fincher’s work in The Social Network. The story told here about Steve Jobs is rather weak and hardly personable. The only saving grace are the performances, which was highly surprising when I saw it in theaters. It’s not the worst thing out there, but it could have been a lot better. We’ll have to wait and see how Aaron Sorkin’s take on Jobs will be, but until then we have this. (Watch Now)
Mr. Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael) A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible. Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, and Diane Kruger
I hadn’t had a chance to watch Mr. Nobody yet, but with this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto, at the forefront I wouldn’t say no. The premise is rather interesting too and wouldn’t suggest checking it out on a rainy day. (Watch Now)
What will you be watching this weekend? Look forward to more new titles from The Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC. We hope you enjoy!
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com