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New on Streaming Week of Dec 31, 2012 - Movies Streaming/On Demand This Week: ‘Looper,’ ‘House at the End of the Street’ & More

A new year is upon us and perhaps one of these titles will be your first streaming/On Demand viewing of 2013. There’s Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” where he literally molds Joseph Gordon-Levitt to be a young Bruce Willis. Two very different horrors: “House at the End of the Street” and “John Dies at the End,” the latter you can catch before it hits theaters. And for Woody Allen’s latest he travels to Italy with a fully loaded cast for “To Rome With Love.”

NEW RELEASES

‘Looper’
In this trippy time travel noir from the director of “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man who does jobs for the mob 30 years in the future. But when he realizes his next hit is his future self (Bruce Willis), let’s say it’s a little tough for Joe to complete the contract.
Why Watch It: Amazing make-up work to get Gordon-Levitt to look like a young Willis, and one of the more clever plots you’ll see.
Available On: iTunes, Cable On Demand, VUDU, Amazon Instant, YouTube, Google Play

‘House at the End of the Street’
Amidst the worldwide success of “The Hunger Games,” this little horror flick Jennifer Lawrence made before signing to play Katniss also opened. Here she stars alongside Elisabeth Shue as a daughter and single mother who’ve recently moved to a new town. Elissa (Lawrence) soon befriends her mysterious neighbor (Max Thieriot), who lives in an infamous house where a girl murdered her parents.
Why Watch It: It proves Lawrence can be convincing in anything she’s in.
Available On: iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant [On Demand: 1/8]

‘John Dies at the End’
If you’re looking for a little comedy in your horror try this one on for size. Adapted from the popular online novel by David Wong and from the director of cult classics “Phantasm” and “Bubba Ho-Tep,” “John Dies at the End” follows two college dropouts who try to rid the world of a street drug that unleashes many unusual things into our world.
Why Watch It: Has a good dose of biting wit and impressive scares.
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU, Amazon Instant (In Theaters 1/25)

‘To Rome With Love’
Not as nostalgic as “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen’s “To Rome” still captures the essence of Italy’s capital. Here he casts a collection of name and character actors for an omnibus of stories set around the city.
Why Watch It: From Alec Baldwin and Roberto Benigni, you never know who will pop up in a scene. Maybe even Woody himself.
Available On: iTunes, VUDU [On Demand: 1/15]

‘The Other Dream Team’
The 1992 Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona will always be known as the birth of the U.S. men’s basketball Dream Team, the first time American NBA players would represent their country in the Olympics. But for the Lithuanian basketball team, just being in the Olympics was the dream. In this moving documentary we see the players who, while being under Soviet rule, become the beacon of Lithuania’s independent movement.
Why Watch It: From the Grateful Dead bankrolling their trip to Barcelona to the respect from the other countries, you see first hand the mixture of emotions the Lithuanian team experienced.
Available On: Cable On Demand, VUDU, Amazon Instant, YouTube, Google Play

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

‘The Muppet Movie’
In the midst of the popularity of “The Muppet Show,” Jim Henson tookthe logical next step: he made a movie. “The Muppet Movie” was more grand and eye-opening than the TV show ever was with larger musical numbers, even bigger-name human cameos and an epic story involving Kermit road trippin’ to Hollywood with his pals. But most will best remember its moving opening scene: Kermit in the swamp singing “The Rainbow Connection.”
Available On: iTunes, Netflix

‘The Adventures of Tintin’
With the combination of Steven Spielberg directing and Peter Jackson producing, this CGI rebirth of the legendary comic is brought to new heights. Here Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) go in search for treasure in a sunken ship.
Available On: iTunes, Netflix, VUDU, Amazon Instant, Google Play

‘Half Baked’
On New Year’s Day, when your head is done pounding and you’ve had your fix of the “Twilight Zone” marathon on TV, pop in this chill comedy in which Dave Chappelle plays a weed-smoking janitor who has to shift to dealing when his roommate ends up in jail. But like most stoner comedies, it’s not the plot that makes it entertaining.
Available On: iTunes, Netflix, VUDU, Amazon Instant, YouTube, Google Play


Categories: Columns, New on Streaming This Week, Streaming, Streaming/On Demand

Tags: Half Baked, House at the End of the Street, John Dies at the End, Looper, The Adventures of Tintin, The Muppet Movie, The other dream team, To Rome With Love

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