pop culture imports

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

We’re a week into April, which means it’s time for your biweekly dose of Pop Culture Imports. And if you’re bitter at the sudden waves of warmth outdoors (not to mention the allergies), make yourself comfortable to watch some sobering and stunning foreign-language movies.

This month we have a controversial but lavish Bollywood epic, two strikingly different World War II-set dramas, a Dutch drama that takes a microscope to radicalization, and a quirky Korean variety show.

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The Boys cast Karl Urban

Karl Urban is going to crack open some cold ones with The Boys. The Thor: Ragnarok actor is the latest addition to Amazon’s new series adapted from the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic book. The series is set in a world where superheroes exist, and have grown corrupted by their fame. As a result, the CIA employs a secret team to monitor them. Urban will play the leader of the superhero monitoring team. Read on for more info on The Boys cast.

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Cops Undercover

FilmStruck, one of the best streaming services around, has a new set of films with a running theme – cops undercover. In honor of the lineup, we’re running an exclusive FilmStruck video featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent discussing the life of a undercover cop and the films portraying such a dangerous gig.

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most rented movie of 2017

Here’s something unexpected: The Accountant, the 2016 action movie where Ben Affleck crunches a lot of numbers and shoots a lot of people, was somehow the most rented movie of 2017. It seems that even in an era where thousands upon thousands of films are available to stream on platforms like Netflix, audiences will still go out of their way to rent a Ben Affleck action flick.

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hilarity for charity trailer

Seth Rogen and his funny, famous friends got together for a good cause, and now Netflix is beaming it into your home. Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity combines stand-up, sketches and music with the hopes of raising awareness, inspiring change, and accelerating progress in Alzheimer’s care, research, and support. Watch the Hilarity for Charity trailer below.

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lost in space review

Netflix updates the classic series Lost In Space for a whole new generation, creating a formulaic yet entertaining saga enriched by complex characters. Our spoiler-free Lost In Space review is below.

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Netflix EuropaCorp

With the Disney/Fox acquisition awaiting approval in Hollywood, it feels as if the studios are strengthening their troops in preparation for war. And the battle won’t be contained only to the remaining major studios – Disney has its own streaming service coming next year, so the competition is about to become a lot tougher for companies like Netflix.

So what’s a streaming service to do in the face of such a looming giant? How about shoring up its own forces by acquiring a well-known independent movie studio? A Netflix EuropaCorp acquisition is reportedly in the works. Does this mean there’s a chance we see a sequel to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets after all?
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Phantom Thread Deleted Scene

Phantom Thread is simultaneously delightfully wicked and deliciously wonderful, and it would have lived up to both those descriptors even more if a certain scene didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.

Now that the film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is available to buy on digital download (then Blu-ray and DVD on April 10), a Phantom Thread deleted scene has surfaced online featuring fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) getting into a messy spat with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) at the breakfast table. A sibling disagreement they have escalates to a food fight where they’re tossing tea and juice at each other, but things get even messier after that. Read More »

pass over trailer

In late 2017, Spike Lee secretly filmed a performance of Antoinette Nwandu‘s play Pass Over at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. Now, Lee brings the filmed play, a riff on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, to Amazon. Watch the Pass Over trailer below.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now End of March

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

Looking for something to stream? You’re in luck! I just happened to compile a list of 10 great movies you can stream right now! Here you’ll find one of 2017’s most underrated films; an early Martin Scorsese classic; a unique coming-of-age drama; a melancholy musical; two vastly different documentaries; one of Spike Lee’s most commercial (yet still excellent) films; a German action-horror film; and one nasty slasher movie.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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