5. The Bling Ring
Emma Watson proves she can do more than just pretend to be a wizard in Sofia Coppola's most recent movie, based on the true story of a group of teens who used social media to figure out when celebrities would be out, then robbed their homes. Sharp, funny and very stylish.
Woody Harrelson coasts through a lot of movies, but occasionally he really pulls it out of the bag, and by 'it' we mean an Oscar-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant in this Bad Lieutenant-esque story of a crooked cop; it might look like a standard dumb police movie but it is perhaps the biggest surprise of Amazon Instant Video's back catalogue.
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3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Easily the best comedy film ever made.
2. 30 Rock (S1-5)
If you're one of the four people left on the planet who hasn't seen all of 30 Rock, you need to change that immediately. Loosely based on Tina Fey's experiences as head writer on Saturday Night Live, its unrelentingly funny 20-minute episodes are pure TV-streaming joy, and once you start you'll be up until the small hours of the morning. You're welcome.
1. The Place Beyond the Pines
It's not often (or indeed ever) that you feel sorry for Bradley Cooper, but let's face it, if you're the other guy in a film with Ryan Gosling, you're basically scenery. You could be wearing a funny hat and barking and no-one would notice, because they'd just be mooning over the Gosling, with his acting and his muscles. It's not as stylish as Drive, but The Place Beyond the Pines is more real, less cartoony, and all the more affecting for it. If we'd bothered to watch this year's Oscars, we'd have been really surprised to see it not winning any.