Virtual Experience: Watch classic Cinetopia Film Festival entries

. March 27, 2020.

Fans of the Cinetopia Film Festival have to wait a bit longer for their yearly dose of moviegoing goodness, as the Michigan festival has been delayed until August 21 through 30. But film lovers looking for their fix can revisit some of the classic entries from past festivals online.

The Cinetopia website recently listed a blog entry with links guiding visitors to where they may find films that appeared as part of the festival, from its first year of 2012 through the present day. Most of the movies listed have to be rented for online streaming, but several of them are available for free viewing with a subscription to a specific service.

Some of the notable entries from previous years:

Hello, I Must Be Going (2012). Free with ads on Vudu: A 19-year-old actor and an older woman strike up a relationship in this dramedy.

The Revisionaries (2012, screened in 2013). Free with Amazon Prime: A battle over a proposal to rewrite Texas school textbooks is examined in this riveting documentary.

The Spectacular Now (2013). Free on Netflix: An unlikely pair of young lovers come together during their last year of high school. Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson.

The Skeleton Twins (2014).  Free with Amazon Prime and Hulu: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play twins who reunite after a decade apart.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (2014, screened in 2015). Free on Netflix: Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and more lend their voices to this animated adaptation of poet Gibran’s famous book.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Free on Hulu: Sam Neill stars in this offbeat comedy from director Taika Waititi, who recently won an Oscar for Jojo Rabbit.

The Hero (2017). Free on Hulu: Sam Elliott stars as an aging movie star dealing with his own mortality.

We the Animals (2018). Free on Netflix: Three brothers tap into their wild side to escape from their parents’ destructive relationship. Based on the acclaimed novel by Justin Torres.

One Child Nation (2019). Free with Amazon Prime: The lasting and devastating effects of China’s one-child policy are examined in this harrowing documentary.

A complete list of films from past Cinetopia Festivals available for viewing online can be found on the Cinetopia website.


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