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The best movies streaming on Plex in August

The best movies streaming on Plex in August

Susanna White’s biographical western Woman walks in front is set in 1890 and follows Caroline Weldon, played by Jessica Chastain, as she travels from New York City to the Dakotas to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, played by Michael Greyeyes. In the process, Caroline is swept up in the Lakota people’s struggle for the rights to their land. Chastain is as great as ever, but the real revelation is Greyeyes, who brings a sense of gravity, wisdom and wry dignity to her portrayal of Sitting Bull. While the film struggles with traditional biopic hang-ups and some historical inaccuracies that simplify the story, there’s something inherently watchable about Chastain and Greyeyes’ chemistry.

Youth rebellion

Coming off the heels of his success in films like Very bad and Juno, this Micheal Cera comedy vehicle was perhaps unfairly compared to the Judd Apatow comedy that was all the rage at the time of its release, but deserves a second visit. Based on CD Payne’s epistolary novel, Youth rebellion is perhaps the most erudite teenage sex comedy of its time. The film follows an intelligent 16-year-old Nick Twisp (Cera) who is forced to move to a trailer park with his mother and her new girlfriend. There he meets Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), a sophisticated and advanced girl his age. To win her affection, Nick creates a dangerous yet worldly alter ego that causes trouble wherever he goes. With an amazing supporting cast including Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, Steve Buscemi and more, Youth rebellion is a clever riff on the teen comedy that makes perfect use of Cera’s comedic talents.

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Saw

A truly groundbreaking mystery horror film, Saw spun off a franchise that grew increasingly dumbheaded and convoluted, not to mention excessively gory, but the original was a convoluted, cleverly non-linear story that used a claustrophobic setting and a grimy David Fincher aesthetic to scare audiences silly. The story revolves around the Jigsaw Killer, a shadowy moral madman who tests his victims’ will to survive by forcing them into deadly “games” where they must inflict extreme physical pain on themselves in order to live. The film helped launch horror maestro James Wann and writer Leigh Whannell, and is one of the highest grossing horror films ever made. While many imitators learned the wrong lesson from its success, Saw is a surprising thrill ride that shocks you until the credits roll.

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