You can buy single episodes and movies for just a little money. And note that you don’t need an Amazon Prime account ($80 per year) to buy and watch a single episode, season pack, or movie. With a Prime account, you can get some content for no extra cost, but not all. Some shows that Amazon carries appear in the Instant store within 24 hours of their airtime, while others lag by a season or two. It all depends on the show. Since we’re on the topic of Amazon Prime, let me add that you can indeed sign up for that service to get access to Amazon’s full catalog of content to stream (that is, watch while connected via the Internet). Both Amazon Prime and content purchased with Amazon Instant Video are supported on most TV streaming boxes and services, which means you can watch those shows and movies on a regular television set if connected to the Internet. Google Play is Google’s answer to the one-stop shop for entertainment. It’s popular among Android users in particular, but anyone with a Google ID can use it online. Similar to the iTunes Store, Google Play’s store has sections for books, music, apps, and more, in addition to an area for movies and TV. And just like in iTunes or on Amazon (see previous paragraph), you can buy or rent single movies or television show episodes, or entire seasons of television content. The other big players in the streaming business are of course Netflix ($7.99 per month) and Hulu Plus (also $7.99 per month). You can watch anything in their catalogs for that monthly subscription price. Netflix and Hulu do not offer ways to download content to watch offline, so you have to be connected to watch.
‘Captain Phillips’ and other new movies, reviewed
‘ low-budget horror film “The Conjuring” produced more than 2.3 million social media mentions in the week after its theatrical release, and maintained a volume of more than 1.5 million comments for three weeks after its debut. “‘The Conjuring’ kept going,” Handley said. “There was a lot of word of mouth. People continued to talk about it, and see it a second or third time.” Biggest comeback: Paramount Pictures’ “World War Z” was plagued with negative pre-chatter from people who had read the book and feared a poor adaptation and industry insiders focused on production problems. Once the film opened in theaters, positive audience reaction changed the tenor of the online conversation. “It was purely an organic thing,” Handley said. “It was a reaction to actually watching the movie.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Most positive buzz: Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 2” received the most favorable comments in its opening week, with 92% of posts praising the animated film. “This is, by far, the standout when it comes to sustained positive buzz, pre- and post-release,” Handley said. Most fanboy buzz: Warner Bros.’ “Pacific Rim” captured the hearts of male enthusiasts, who talked animatedly about director Guillermo del Toro films, mulled specific details about the set, props and technology used in the production and generally geeked out about the science fiction film. Eleven percent of the conversation in the week before and after release came from these fanboys. Most kids-at-heart desire to see: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios’ “Monsters University” was the most successful family film when it came to connecting with parents. Some 19% of the social media discussion in the week leading up to release came from adults who proclaimed they wanted to see the movie because they were still “kids at heart.” “That’s important to getting parents to want to take their kids to a movie,” Handley said.
All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone Captain Phillips (PG-13) ‘Captain Phillips,’ a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. Its autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn. Ann Hornaday The Summit (R) Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing. Michael OSullivan When Comedy Went to School (Unrated) At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy. Stephanie Merry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (R) Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But its Brooks and Dizon that youre not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances. Michael OSullivan Escape from Tomorrow (Unrated) As a social critique, ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disneys mechanistic manipulation of the imagination after all, its park designers are called imagineers is stifling original thought. Michael OSullivan Machete Kills (R) Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film Grindhouse. Michael OSullivan Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ remains, as do the plays other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey,’ has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? Its possible cursing ‘zounds’ is so 1597, after all but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy. Stephanie Merry A.C.O.D. (R) The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, OHara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren. And Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love. Michael OSullivan We Are What We Are (R) The films rendering of emotion is sensitive, and the acting uniformly fine, with an unrecognizable cameo by Kelly McGillis as the Parkers nosy, doomed neighbor. None of the story threads generate much mystery, however, and only the kind of suspense that comes from waiting for the inevitable, crudely foreshadowed climax. Michael OSullivan The Post Most:Entertainment