Doctor Strange Chase Clip - Benedict Cumberbatch

The blockbuster summer will kick off in a couple weeks, giving audiences plenty of reasons to leave their house and head to the multiplex. But Netflix has plenty of new content to keep you at home if you’re not feeling like braving the crowds on opening weekend. In addition to some great new movies, there are also a few new seasons of television that you’re going to want to seek out.

Below, find the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in May 2017. Read More »

classic doctor who streaming on BritBox

Doctor Who is regenerating into a new life on streaming devices.

Every episode of the “Classic Doctor Who” series, the original incarnation of the long-running British sci-fi series that aired on the BBC from 1963 to 1989, will be available to US viewers on BritBox, the new streaming service from the BBC and ITV.

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best streaming movies handmaiden

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a monthly column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

The forests of streaming movie services are deep and overgrown. It can be dangerous to navigate them – to find the right path and follow it to something worthwhile. Half the time, your destination will take you toward entertainment you probably would’ve been better off skipping to do something more worthwhile, like build a ship in a bottle or stare blankly into space. How are you to manage the plethora of streaming titles available? That’s where this column comes in. Let us guide your way. Here are some of the best films to stream in April, along with where to stream them.

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Rogue One VHS Trailer

Before the weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was made available on digital download. But those who are still standing by physical media are stuck waiting to relive the first Star Wars spin-off until it hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 4 next week. It might not be easy to wait until then, but perhaps a retro commercial pretending as if Rogue One is coming to VHS will help hold you over.

Star Wars fan Damien Kazan created this trailer for the home video release of Rogue One that looks like it was ripped straight from another VHS that has been through the VCR one too many times. Read More »

Gremlins

Now that the weather is getting nicer, you might not want to sit at home on the couch to watch stuff on Netflix, but the streaming service is going to do their best to keep you there with their new line-up of shows and movies getting added to their library in April.

As usual, there are a bunch of Netflix originals, including some movies that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival, new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a new comedy special from Louis C.K., a new season of The Get Down and more. But there are also plenty of licensed titles ranging from a Disney sports classic to a Best Picture winner.

Get our personal recommendations and the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in April 2017 below.

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Vudu Disc to Digital

If you’re a hardcore cinephile, you probably have a huge library of movies on Blu-ray and DVD. Even as the market has shifted to push consumers to partake in digital downloads, I’ve continued to buy movies on disc because I like the physical representation of my library. Plus, most movies you buy on disc come with a digital copy anyway.

However, digital downloads have only risen in popularity since 2010, leaving plenty who had built large physical libraries of movies without an easy or inexpensive way to take their movies with them on mobile devices. But the video download service Vudu has just introduced a new disc-to-digital program allowing consumers to cheaply and easily convert their movie library to digital. Let’s take a look at what the new Vudu disc to digital program has to offer. Read More »

Download Captain Planet

The power is yours! Or at least it will be very soon. Fans who loved harnessing the power of Earth, fire, wind, water and heart haven’t been able to relive all the adventures of their hero Captain Planet on home video because only the first season of the animated series has been available on home video. But next month, every single episode will be available.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which would later go on to be called The New Adventures of Captain Planet, as well as The All New Adventures of Captain Planet (in case you thought some of them were old adventures) will have all six seasons of the animated series available for digital download. Find out when you can download Captain Planet from the comfort of your home after the jump. Read More »

Netflix Iron Fist Lewis Tan Finn Jones

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Marvel’s Iron Fist really blew it by not casting Lewis Tan in the lead role.)

Could Iron Fist have been received better if it had cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand?

Until now, that was a pipe dream for many critics of the latest Marvel Netflix show, who lambasted the series for perpetuating the myth of the white savior by choosing to stay loyal to the comic-book depiction of Rand: as a white, blonde outsider who can punch things with his magic fist. But it was recently revealed that half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan, who played one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight of Iron Fist, was on hold for the part until they ultimately cast Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones.

Let me take a deep breath. I have a lot to say about this.

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Why Netflix Really Bums Me Out Sometimes

Problems with Netflix

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Netflix, for all the good stuff that the streaming service offers, sometimes completely bums us out.)

There’s no denying Netflix has been a gamechanger when it comes to bringing entertainment to the masses. Allowing people to rent DVDs by mail was a strong start for the company, but they ended up changing the face of film and television distribution forever when they entered the video streaming arena.

At first, Netflix was only giving their subscribers movies and TV shows from established studios and networks, but eventually, they started creating their own programming. It took them a little while to find their footing, but they came into their own in 2015, doubled their amount of original programming in 2016, and they have their sights set on having 50% of their library be original content in the next few years.

But as the streaming service has increased their output of original content, I find myself being really bummed out by Netflix sometimes. Indulge me, if you will, as I run through a couple of my problems with Netflix’s current path. Read More »

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Logan Black and White Version

The earliest part of the marketing campaign for Logan came in the form of a series of photos from the set of the movie. By way of an Instagram account with the username “wponx“, 20th Century fox release black and white photos from the set of production. They were rather gorgeous pieces of photography, and at one time, fans thought there was a chance the entire movie might be black and white. But as we’ve seen in the trailers, the film is very much in full color, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a black and white version eventually.

Find out details on the Logan black and white cut after the jump. Read More »