As Halloween approaches, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, and it’s more and more appealing to stay home and watch a movie on your couch instead of venturing out to the theater. Although most people are binging on horror flicks this time of year, some of us tend to shy away from the scary and would rather relax with something a little less cringe-worthy. So I did some digging to make your decision-making easy this month with seven of the best movies available On Demand.
Bird People almost didn’t make the cut this month due to the imbalance of its quality, but the second act that revolves around Anaïs Demoustier provides the film with the boost it needs to make it worth a watch. Josh Charles stars alongside Demoustier in this romantic drama that begins as a story about a man who abandons his life to hole up in a hotel room, and evolves into something a bit more surprising. This French drama is available on Amazon and iTunes for $6.99.
In Copenhagen, an immature, restless man struggling to come to terms with his fathers death meets a vivacious teen that’s wise beyond her years. As our Contributor Tea Lacson can attest, this film is much more than the modern Peter Pan for adults it paints itself to be at first glance. The surprising direction Director Mark Raso takes with this story is surprising and refreshing, the product of which is guaranteed to leave an impression. Copenhagen is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $3.99.
is an Australian crime drama starring Tom Wilkinson and Joel Edgerton that was released in 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to get a limited theater release in the United States on October 17th. Three respected police officers deal with the cover up of a hit and run involving a young boy on a bicycle. This isn’t a fast paced thriller, with most of the punches coming from the snappy dialogue, penned by Edgerton. If you like your crime dramas to be of the slow burning, intellectual type, then this one’s for you. Felony is available on iTunes and Amazon for $9.99.
We’ve seen our fair share of new movies this year that revolve around songwriters and bands, but none of the others embrace their joyous musical charm and identity like God Help the Girl. Emily Browning stars in this indie pop musical about a young woman who uses songs to cope with anorexia and depression. Our reviewer, Josh Rosenfield, uses phrases like “indescribably lovely” and “poppy warmth” when discussing this film, and if those words don’t make you want to give it a shot, I don’t know what would. God Help the Girl is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $6.99.
The highly anticipated black comedy/thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe hits theaters at the end of the month, but you can catch it on the small screen On Demand now if you don’t want to wait. Radcliffe continues to crank out stellar performances this year, this time around playing the prime suspect of his girlfriend’s murder, who mysteriously grows horns that cause everyone around him to confess their darkest thoughts. Although it may not live up to the hype surrounding it, this adaptation of Joe Hill’s fantasy novel is a unique, oddball film that can satisfy your early Halloween cravings. Horns is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $9.99.
Chances are, you recognize Jack O’Connell as the star of Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort, Unbroken, which is already generating a significant amount of Oscar buzz. What you might not know, though, is that O’Connell has already turned in one hell of a riveting performance in the British prison drama, Starred Up. This film is not for the faint of heart, as it’s coated in ruthless violence, broken family drama, and prison corruption, but it’s powerful and spectacularly acted. It’s a beautifully crafted film, and I can’t personally recommend this movie enough. Please go watch it. Starred Up is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $6.99.
Our Editor-in-Chief has been singing the praises of young Shailene Woodley for the last couple of years, and here is another example of a mediocre movie that’s elevated by her performance. Woodley plays a teen who is forced to deal with the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her mother as she discovers not only her sexuality, but her identity as well. White Bird in a Blizzard is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $9.99.
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