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Take a break from March Madness to stream some of these great films

Jeffrey M. Anderson | March 30, 2015
If you enjoyed my profile of Fandor earlier this week, you should definitely stream the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, currently available on Netflix. It's not only a moving portrait of a passionate man, but it's also a movie lover's movie, filled with praises and pans. It's hard to watch and not get excited about the possibilities of movies in general.

Director Colin Trevorrow keeps things light and funny, while unexpectedly burrowing into the characters' innermost hearts. The result is an absolute delight, both funny and touching. Based on the strength of this film, Trevorrow landed a job directing the upcoming Jurassic World.

Introducing Tubi TV

The Loved Ones 

Our final movie of the week comes courtesy of a new service called Tubi TV, which claims "the largest collection of free streaming television and movies" and recently closed a deal with Paramount Pictures to add 50 movies from their vaults to its library. Like Crackle, Tubi TV is completely free. Our first pick from this service is an Australian horror film that, like Safety Not Guaranteed, is quickly becoming a cult item. Sean Byrne's crazed horror film The Loved Ones (2012) manages a perfect balance of humanity, dark, dry humor, and bloody terror.

Things are finally looking up for Brent (Xavier Samuel), and he has a date to the prom with a girl who loves him. But when shy Lola (Robin McLeavy) also asks him, and he is forced to turn her down, all hell breaks loose. Ms. McLeavy is a true find, managing to use her eyes and body to convey coyness, shyness, sultriness, and downright insanity. In a somewhat related subplot, Brent's best pal goes on a date of his own, with equally bizarre consequences.

 

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