The best movies on Netflix and other services this week are a different kettle of fish

Sometimes you’re just in the mood a different movie experience, something that takes you far from the familiar and comfortable. Different, of course, is different for different folks. For some, it could be a a good rock ‘n’ roll comedy; for others, comedies about prison, kidnapping, clones, or life-size dolls. And everyone enjoys a documentary that takes you someplace you’ve never been, or tells you about an album you’ve never heard. Or it could be a hard-hitting, nocturnal drama about the seedy underbelly of TV news.

There’s something for everyone in this collection of the best movies newly available for streaming this week.

Nightcrawler (Netflix)

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Apple Music won't pay record labels for 3-month free trials

Now we know why those negotiations between Apple and the record labels went until the 11th hour before Apple Music’s big unveiling at WWDC last week.

According to Re/code, Apple has negotiated not to pay record labels for streaming their catalogs during the three-month free trial Apple Music is offering all new customers. After the three months, an Apple Music subscription will cost $10 a month, and record labels will receive about 71.5 percent of the U.S. revenue. Outside the U.S., Apple Music will pay out a slightly higher figure: 73 percent, although that’s likely to fluctuate.

Apple’s VP of iTunes content, Robert Kondrk, revealed the exact figures after reports surfaced last week that Apple Music would only pay 58 percent back to the music industry for streaming their catalogs. Kondrk helped Apple’s media head Eddy Cue negotiate with the music labels for the new streaming service launching on June 30.

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Spotify's stealthy 'Taste Rewind' helps find your musical roots

Spotify is bringing an element of time travel to Internet radio with a clever new tool called Taste Rewind.

Taste Rewind asks you pick a few artists that you like, and tries to find similar artists for every decade, from the ’60s to the aughts (with a 1920s playlist thrown in for good measure). You can then hear to a sampling from each playlist, or add them to your Spotify collection for later listening.

Admittedly, Taste Rewind is a bit limited in its current state, as the playlists seem to only draw from a small list of sources for each chosen artist. Also, as someone who hasn’t used Spotify much (I was an Rdio subscriber until recently), I had trouble getting the site to offer up music I liked in its artist picker, even after adding more artists to my library and playing some songs.

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The best new movies streaming on Netflix and other services this week revolve around road trips and robots

We gravitate toward lighter entertainment in summer, movies that complement the easygoing feeling that overtakes on these warmer and longer days. But don’t make the mistake of equating lightness with emptiness.

This week’s movie picks include a time-travel story, a ghost story, and a story about a robot. We have chases, escapes, and action; we have smart comedies; and, yes, we have road trips, wherein high temperatures are not the only kind of heat. Jeffrey M. Anderson

Primer (Netflix)

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‘Burbs’ of a feather: A Tom Hanks film and 8 others that deserve another chance

Expectations are a big part of watching movies. The right kind of expectations can turn a movie into a success, but the wrong kind can turn viewers away. Thanks to streaming, we can return to certain movies again and again, even decades later, and watch them with fresh eyes.

The reasons can be myriad. It could be because a beloved actor isn’t playing the right kind of part, because a screenplay has been adapted from a beloved book, or because it’s a remake of a beloved movie. Sometimes a once-lightweight entertainment can turn into a classic, and a marginalized indie movie can turn into a favorite. Here are nine movies that deserve a second shot; for some, it might be a first shot.

The ‘Burbs (Netflix)

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The theme for the best new movies streaming this week is ‘Fiends with Benefits’

Monstrous things sometimes happen, and it’s fascinating when the movies capture these things well. The monsters in this week’s movies come in all forms, ranging from Nazis to jilted lovers, yakuza killers to bad guys who want to take over the world. One movie, believe it or not, features zombie beavers.

Other monsters only appear to be monstrous, but are actually very kind; their real purpose is to expose the monster in us. And it’s those monsters within that are the really scary ones. They can force us to do unforgivable things, or they can prevent us from doing anything at all.

Zombeavers (Netflix)

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