The highlight of this week’s Netflix Streaming debuts is “Skyfall,” the 23rd* installment in the James Bond series. Directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”), “Skyfall” is the highest-grossing and most acclaimed film of the series, garnering 5 Oscars, including a well-deserved Best Cinematography nod. Daniel Craig returns as Bond, and Javier Bardem chomps on the scenery as the devious Silva.
This week also marks the streaming premiere of the popular indie film “Frances Ha,” directed by Noah Baumbach and featuring Greta Gerwig in a star-making performance. Also debuting is “Only God Forgives,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. In the same vein as their previous collaboration, “Drive,” “Only God Forgives” continues in that film’s hyper-stylized, occasionally hyper-violent footsteps.
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Also premiering this week is the first (and still the best) Pirates of the Caribbean film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” While Depp’s subsequent roles have watered down his quirks, it shouldn’t be forgotten just how strange it was at the time for Depp to be headlining a Disney blockbuster. The gamble paid off, leading to one of the biggest action franchises ever created.
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‘The Devil’s Ride:Season 1’
This rough-and-tumble series tracks the alliances, animosities and adventures of outlaw motorcycle gang the Laffing Devils, whose home is San Diego. Danny Boy, the Devils’ founding member, frequently has to contend with rival club members.
‘InAPPropriate Comedy’ (2013)
Starring: Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody, Lindsay Lohan, Ari Shaffir
An all-star cast aims to leave no one unoffended with these gleefully outrageous comedy sketches directed by TV pitchman Vince Offer. The collection includes cop “Flirty Harry,” “The Amazing Racist” and other politically incorrect gags.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney
When a serious menace threatens MI6, James Bond is on the case — putting aside his own life and personal issues to hunt and obliterate the perpetrators. Meanwhile, secrets arise from M’s past that strain Bond’s loyalty to his longtime boss.
‘Last Keepers’ (2013)
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Zosia Mamet, Olympia Dukakis, Nat Wolff, Joshua Bowman
When the teenage daughter of a reclusive family of artists falls in love with an unusual boy at school, she awakens mysterious powers and discovers ancient family secrets that will change her life forever.
‘Robot & Frank’ (2012)
Starring: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Strong
Worried about their aging father living alone, Frank’s kids give him a humanoid robot that’s programmed to be his caretaker. Reluctant Frank — a retired cat burglar — soon warms up to his new helper and begins to treat it as a partner in crime.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ (2003)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce
When a young swain recruits rascally, charismatic pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow to help rescue a maiden from rival buccaneers, he and his motley crew soon find themselves up against frightening supernatural forces and an ancient curse.
‘What Maisie Knew’ (2013)
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, Steve Coogan, Sadie Rae
In this updated rendering of the timeless Henry James novel, a perceptive 6-year-old girl becomes a bargaining tool when she gets caught in the midst of a toxic custody fight between her self-seeking, childish parents.
‘Dealin’ With Idiots’ (2013)
Starring: Jeff Garlin, Gina Gershon, Jami Gertz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Timothy Olyphant, Nia Vardalos, Fred Willard
Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son’s youth league baseball team, Max Morris, a famous comedian, decides to get to know the colorful parents and coaches of the team better in an effort to find the inspiration for his next movie.
‘Frances Ha’ (2012)
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Charlotte d’Amboise, Adam Driver, Michael Esper, Grace Gummer
Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, Frances pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. The rest of the time, she and her sardonic best friend, Sophie, put off growing up for as long as they can.
‘Sister Wives: Season 4’
This TLC reality series pulls back the curtain on polygamist families, following the lives of Kody Brown, his wives and their many children. Brown’s wives Meri, Janelle and Christine prepare for the arrival of a fourth wife and her three children.
‘Only God Forgives’ (2013)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam
Ryan Gosling stars as British gangster Julian, who runs a Bangkok fight club, and Kristin Scott Thomas plays his crime-boss mom in this action thriller. When a cop kills Julian’s brother, the family matriarch flies in from London to oversee revenge.