Streampix: Your Weekend Watch Guide: Oscar Edition

by | September 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM | Academy Awards, XFINITY Streampix

“All the President’s Men.” (Warner Bros.)

With the fall movie season upon us—and an array of Oscar contenders about to hit theaters—it’s a good time to check out XFINITY Streampix, your #1 destination to catch up on some movies you might’ve missed or even want to check out again.  Here’s a list of five highly touted new releases about to hit theaters, and a related feature on Xfinity TV.

All the News Fit to Print: If Bill Condon’s upcoming “The Fifth Estate,” the story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (played by red-hot Benedict Cumberbatch) intrigues you, it might be fun to take another look at the original movie about investigative journalism, Alan J. Paukula’s 1976 film “All the President’s Men,” in which Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate scandal. Jason Robards earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as editor Ben Bradlee. [Watch It Here]

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Silence is Golden: Performers have been speaking in movies since the original “The Jazz Singer,” but even with all those technological advances, some filmmakers prefer to let the images do the talking. J.C. Chandor, the man behind the surprise corporate corruption hit “Margin Call,” teams with Robert Redford for the upcoming “All Is Lost,” about a man lost at sea who struggles to survive, the story told without any dialogue. Michel Hazanavicius created a similar feat in his audacious, Oscar-winning “The Artist,” his homage to the silent era of Hollywood,which earned five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). [Watch It Here]

Back to Africa: Idris Elba is getting plenty of awards show buzz from his performance as the South African leader in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Justin Chadwick’s biopic that chronicles his rise from a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of his country. An interesting companion piece is Richard Attenborough’s 1987 movie “Cry Freedom,” his indictment of apartheid that spotlights the relationship between journalist Kevin Kline and activist Stephen Biko, a role for which Denzel Washington received an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. [Watch It Here]

Lost In Space: Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” is being touted for its amazing 3D CGI graphics and its gripping tale of an astronaut (George Clooney) and engineer (Sandra Bullock) untethered from their spacecraft after a mid-air explosion who try to make their way to safety with a limited amount of oxygen. For comparison, how about Barry Levinson’s 1998 sci-fi thriller “Sphere,” in which Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote and Liev Schreiber study a mysterious spacecraft discovered on the ocean floor. [Watch It Here]

On the Road Again: Alexander Payne’s new “Nebraska,” another “About Schmidt”-like Midwestern tale of an elder statesman (Bruce Dern) who travels to collect on a winning sweepstakes ticket with his reluctant son (Will\ Forte), received a Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes, with Dern cited as Best Actor. For yet another journey into the heart of this great land of ours, how about Albert Brooks’ hilarious 1985 epic, “Lost in America,” or Dennis Hopper’s 1969 counter-cultural classic, “Easy Rider” for other odysseys of self discovery? [Watch It Here]