A bunch of cool movies and TV shows arrive on Netflix and On Demand this month, including several Oscar winners and “Veronica Mars,” which arrived On Demand the same day as its theatrical release — March 14, 2014. Be sure to catch these titles soon, though. On Demand movies have expiration dates, and Netflix cycles its movies and TV shows in and out of the streaming service.
If you missed the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, now’s your chance to see it. “12 Years a Slave” is available On Demand beginning Tuesday, March 18. The brutal but acclaimed film made history as the first Best Picture ever to have been directed by a black filmmaker (Steve McQueen), and also landed Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning role as Patsey.
“12 Years a Slave” is an excellent film, but I admit there are many scenes that are difficult to watch. The nice thing about On Demand and Netflix is that if a movie isn’t your cup of tea, you don’t feel obligated to sit through it in a theater.
Other Oscar Nominees Available On Demand:
- The Act of Killing (available through April 7)
- 20 Feet from Stardom (available through April 13)
- Despicable Me 2 (available through April 23)
- Prisoners (available through May 9)
For the horror fans among us, “Patrick: Evil Awakens” arrived On Demand March 14. I posted a “found footage” clip that manages to be both cheesy and terrifying. You know things are going to get crazy when the clip opens with these words: “The following unreleased found footage was never intended for public viewing. The graphic nature of this exploratory medical testing may be disturbing for some viewers.”
The story follows a young nurse who begins working at an isolated psychiatric ward, where she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying, out-of-control spiral. The fright-film stars Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths and Sharni Vinson.
Click here for the full list of Movies On Demand this month.
New titles on Netflix include Season 6 of “Mad Men,” a couple of Tom Cruise movies (“Valkyrie,” “Vanilla Sky”), some Oscar-winning actors (“Mud,” starring Matthew McConaughey, and “Mr. Nobody,” starring Jared Leto), some classics (“Roman Holiday” and “The Long, Hot Summer”), and the much anticipated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” seasons 1 through 6.
They just don’t make good romantic comedies like they used to but, fortunately, we can go back and watch time-tested favorites such as 1995’s “While You Were Sleeping,” now on Netflix. Sandra Bullock plays a lonely transit worker who pulls a commuter (Peter Gallagher) off the tracks after he’s mugged. While he’s comatose, his family wrongly assumes she’s his fiancee and she doesn’t correct them … and then she falls for his brother (Bill Pullman). It’s one of those movies I can watch over and over again. Never gets old.
If you haven’t seen “Capote,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P.), it’s on Netflix this month, along with one of my favorite movies, “The Station Agent,” starring Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson. “Capote” stars Hoffman as flamboyant writer Truman Capote, who’s the toast of New York City society after penning “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but finds himself in a dance with the devil while researching the Clutter family murders for “In Cold Blood.”
Check out all the new Netflix titles here.