New Art-House Streamer

(Above: ‘Boiling Point,’ available on the new streamer Film Movement Plus)

Fans of international and independent film fare have a new streaming option.

Film Movement, which launched in 2002 with a DVD-of-the-month club, now has a subscription streamer.

Film Movement Plus, which costs $7.99 a month, offers a catalog of 250 features and 100 short films that include cult and art-house classics. Many of the Film Movement Plus titles were feted at film festivals around the world.

Recent movies on Film Movement Plus include the Middle Eastern production Theeb, a 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, as well as After the Storm (Japan), Breathe (France), Human Capital (Italy) and the South Korean documentary, My Love, Don’t Cross That River. Classics include Antonia’s Line (Netherlands) and Pelle the Conqueror (Denmark, Sweden), both of which won Oscars for Best Foreign Film. The sci-fi cult favorite The Quiet Earth (New Zealand) is also included, as well as three thrillers from Japanese director Takeshi Kitano: Violent Cop, Boiling Point and Hana-Bi.

The streamer promises access to upcoming exclusives, including a Japanese family drama, Harmonium; an Austrian bio pic, Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden; a French thriller, Moka; and Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti western, The Great Silence.

As part of its launch, Film Movement Plus offers a 30-day trial, plus a 50% discount on the first month using the code PLUS50. The service can be streamed on numerous devices.

If you’re looking to build your own disc library, Film Movement’s DVD of the Month Film Club costs $16.95 per month on a pay-as-you-go basis or $134.95 annually. Membership entitles you to one DVD or Blu-Ray disc per month, plus steep discounts on purchases from an online store. The store also tells you where you can rent or buy each film online from other services.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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