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

When Netflix’s streaming service first launched, I remember the catalogue was filled to the brim with low-budget foreign flicks — Eurotrash B-movies or Bollywood knock-offs that you would usually watch when you’re browsing for something to fill a lazy Friday night. But times have changed and today, there are more quality foreign movies and TV series available. So many, that it’s almost impossible to keep up.

That’s where this column comes in. Looking for the latest juicy Korean drama? Want to see the latest romance that Bollywood has to offer? Curious about the acclaimed Hungarian film that garnered an Oscar nomination? Or are you just in the mood for some anime? It’s all here. While reading subtitles isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, these films and TV series will make you want to.

And don’t worry, there will be a fair share of Eurotrash B-movies and Bollywood knock-offs, too.

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Duplass Brothers Netflix Deal

Indie directors and mumblecore royalty the Duplass Brothers are the latest filmmakers to jump to Netflix. The streaming service, which produces original content faster than the speed of sound, just inked a four-picture deal with Jay and Mark Duplass.

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Exclusive The Commuter Trailer

Liam Neeson has a train to catch in The Commuter, the latest high-concept action flick that teams the actor with frequent collaborator Jaume Collet-SerraThe Commuter will be hitting home video soon and ahead of the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Release, we have an exclusive The Commuter trailer below.

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last jedi blu ray release

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home. Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi sequel has officially announced its Blu-ray and Digital HD release, along with a slew of special features. Among those features are 14 deleted scenes — so you can finally find out the origin of those mysterious unused moments from the trailer.

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The Best Superhero Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Movies Coming to Netflix

There’s never been anything quite like Black Panther before. The latest Marvel movie is one of the first major comic book adaptations with a black lead, and it’s already poised to be one of the franchise’s most successful entries, having sold more advance tickets than any other film in Marvel history. And as Candice Frederick put so eloquently in a piece for /Film, Black Panther is “specifically a black movie that celebrates the strength and beauty of black womanhood in an era in which both get tossed aside.” It may be one-of-a-kind for now, but it will surely usher in a new wave of superhero films that celebrate other races and cultures, and ones that emphasize the power and strength of women.

So yes, Black Panther is a singular film, one that comes at an interesting time in the surge of high-grossing – and occasionally prestigious – superhero flicks. If you’re looking to wade through the waters of what came before, there are a surprising number of excellent-quality superhero flicks currently available on major streaming services. Here are some you can mull over while you wait for your Black Panther screening this weekend.

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Best Movies Streaming Feb.

(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 this weekend and beyond? I’ve got you covered. This latest edition of Now Stream This has scoured streaming services to bring you back a variety of films: comedy, horror, drama, as well as modern-day movies and classics from Hollywood’s yesterday.

Here you’ll find the directorial debut of Amber Tamblyn; a classic screwball comedy; a horror anthology film; a forgotten Nicole Kidman thriller; a recent highly acclaimed sci-fi flick; an intense indie drama; yet another incredible performance from Michael Stuhlbarg; and much more. It’s time for best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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new blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What a great week for Blu-rays. The Criterion Collection has two must-have releases this week: Jonathan Demme‘s Silence of the Lambs and George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. Beyond that, we have The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and Re-Animator from Arrow Video, the under-seen drama Only the Brave, and the Lyndon Johnson biopic LBJ. Last but not least, we have an exclusive clip from Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Thor Ragnarok deleted scene

After the bland Thor: The Dark World, Taika Waititi completely turned the Thor franchise around with last year’s Thor: Ragnarok by making one of the funniest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also one of the strangest, and as a newly-released Thor Ragnarok deleted scene reveals, it was almost even stranger.

Take a look at the new scene below, which features a bizarre hologram of Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, and some nice banter between Thor and Bruce Banner. Read More »

Extinction Netflix

In what seems to be a continuing trend, Extinction has become the latest film once intended for theatrical release to find itself sold to Netflix. The film, starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan, was pulled by Universal from its theatrical release two months ago. Now, it will skip theaters entirely and end up on everyone’s favorite streaming service.

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Disney streaming service

While Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are currently having all the fun in the streaming realm, Disney is hovering on the sidelines and patiently waiting for its time to strike. A new Disney streaming service is coming in 2019, and now we finally have some concrete ideas of what sorts of films and TV products the company will debut on it.
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