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It’s mid-August, and choices during a multiplex are rather underwhelming. So if you’re looking for something to tide during home this weekend, we have a culinary comedy, a still family play and a capricious mafiosi film. And if your report is too packaged with late summer outings, save any of these titles to your Watchlist and come behind later.

‘Tampopo’
Where to Watch: Stream it on FilmStruck; lease it on Vudu.

Marketed as a “ramen western,” a comedy “Tampopo” is named after a struggling ramen cook (Nobuko Miyamoto) who’s lerned to urge her kitchen skills by a cooking guru in a cowboy shawl (Tsutomu Yamazaki) after he tries her food and is unimpressed. Through several training montages, erotic close-ups of Japanese food and impertinent scenes that use food in erotic situations, “Tampopo” humorously equates food with pleasure. Don’t make my mistake of examination this film on an dull stomach.

‘After a Storm’
Where to Watch: Stream it on Amazon Prime; lease it on Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s cinema tend to revolve around life’s quieter moments, though that doesn’t meant they’re not relocating or emotional. His latest film tells a story of Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a prime male struggling with sourness — his essay career has stalled, he’s broke, his matrimony is a bust and his father recently died. But during a reunion during his mother’s residence during a typhoon, he is presented with a possibility to determine with his desired ones. The film never sinks into despair, however, undergirded as it is by a buoyant score, Ryota’s confidence and kindhearted ancillary characters.

‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’
Where to Watch: Stream it on FilmStruck; lease it from Amazon, iTunes and other platforms.

Robert Mitchum would have incited 100 this week. One of his best roles was a pretension purpose of this brooding mafiosi movie. Forced to select between jail time and staying constant to associate criminals, Eddie Coyle starts to sell out his partners-in-crime, promulgation Boston’s underworld into chaos. Mitchum, a star of cinema like “Out of a Past” and “The Night of a Hunter,” plays Coyle like a passed male walking who, nonetheless, won’t go down but a fight. The New England environment is drab as if it, too, were dying. If we count new Boston-based crime cinema like “The Departed” or “The Town” among your favorites, afterwards we need to see this murky precursor.

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