If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling a little over extended with the glutton of big summer movies. For the past month, I’ve had at least two or three weekly visits to the theater, and even I’ll admit that gets to be a bit much after a while. But if you still want to get your fix of new releases, you can always turn to this summer’s offerings on VOD services such as iTunes, and Amazon. Here’s a short list for those nights when you’d rather avoid the theater, maybe bake a frozen pizza and just relax in the comfort of your own home.
Last Days on Mars/ Summer 2013
In the last hours of a lengthy mission on Mars, a group of astronauts make a startling discovery, fossilized evidence of bacterial life. But a routine excavation of the surface by a rogue crew member leads to disaster when the ground collapses beneath him, and he’s left trapped in a deep crevice. As his colleagues attempt to rescue him, they discover that this recently discovered life-form may not be extinct, as one by one they are picked off in typical horror fashion. Their only hope is to survive long enough for the arrival of their relief ship, Aurora to rescue them.
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Writer: Clive Dawson
Starring: Live Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams, and Tom Cullen
Drinking Buddies/ July 25, 2013
Follows two co-workers of a Chicago craft brewery, Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) as they struggle with emerging romantic feelings for each other. The only thing that stands in the way are their significant others. That is, until they unexpectedly find themselves alone with each other for a weekend.
Director: Joe Swanberg
Writer: Joe Swanberg
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston
Only God Forgives/ Available Now
A new crime thriller that re-teams writer/director Nicholas Winding Refn with his Drive star, Ryan Gosling. It follows Julian (Gosling), an American living in Bangkok who makes his living by running a drug smuggling business under the guise of a boxing club. After his brother is murdered at the hands of a grieving father, Julian is compelled by his mother to exact revenge on the murderer, and anyone else involved.
Director: Nicholas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicholas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks/ Available Now
Tells the story of the controversial hacker group, WikiLeaks and it’s founder Julian Assange. From the 1989 WANK worm attack on NASA computers, to the Icelandic financial collapse, and the infamous Iraq and Afghanistan war cables, the documentary seeks to explore the inner workings of the group through the words of the people associated with it.
Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Starring: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, and Bradley Manning
Jug Face/ Available Now
A southern horror story that tells of a young pregnant teen as she tries to escape from a backwoods cult, who are out to sacrifice her to the mysterious creature that lives in a pit.
Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Writer: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Starring: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, and Larry Fessenden