Best Christmas Movies Streaming Right Now

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

I don’t want to alarm you, but I have some shocking news: it’s currently the holiday season. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but here we are. The utterly bonkers year that was 2017 is almost gone, but before it goes we’ll have to muddle through the holiday season somehow. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people: there’s the hassle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones, mixed with lousy weather, congested traffic and the existential dread of the looming new year. My advice? Relieve some of that stress with movies. After all, movies are the reason for the season (please don’t correct me on this, I’m sure this is correct).

In the spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of Christmas movies for you to stream as we run out the clock on 2017. These aren’t your traditional Christmas movies, though. The films compiled here are primarily what I’d like to call alternative Christmas movies. In other words, a lot of these are Christmas movies for people who don’t like Christmas movies. But don’t worry, I made sure to throw in one or two traditional tales of holiday cheer just in case.

Here are the best Christmas movies streaming right now! Let’s get streaming.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Disney-Fox Deal

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Early Thursday morning, the Walt Disney Company announced that it was buying 21st Century Fox in a historic $52.4 billion deal that has shaken the media and entertainment industries. As part of the deal — valued at over $60 billion including debt — Disney will acquire Fox’s film studio 20th Century Fox along with all its movie franchises, select TV networks like FX and National Geographic, and more.

We break down the full extent of the Disney-Fox deal, and what it means for the future of the movie industry, streaming, and Rupert Murdoch.

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movies coming to Netflix in January 2018

Believe it or not, 2017 is almost over. This long, strange year is at an end, and we’re about to jump into 2018. With a new month and year comes a whole new list of streaming titles on Netflix. So as you drift through the holidays and look to the future, you can also look forward to all these upcoming titles. January brings with it a pretty stellar Netflix line-up, including an immortal mafia movie classic, a costume drama begging to be rediscovered, a superhero reboot that changed everything, Nicolas Cage trying to steal the Declaration of Independence, the best exorcism movie since The Exorcist, and more. So check out the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2018 below.

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The Punisher featurette

The Punisher, the latest Marvel show from Netflix, is now available to stream in all its body-count laden glory. If you somehow forgot about the show (it debuted weeks ago), Netflix has just cut a handy-dandy behind-the-scenes featurette that delves into the making of the show and its somewhat complicated conspiracy plotline. On top of that, Netflix has officially renewed the show for a second season. The Punisher season 2 news and featurette are both below.

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Netflix statistics

As the holidays approach and you plan your binge sessions on Netflix, keep in mind that when you’re watching the streaming service, people behind the scenes are keeping track of every single thing you watch – and they may call you out on your viewing habits in a press release.

The company has unveiled a new batch of binge-watching statistics from its users over the past year, and amid some interesting observations about the pacing of how viewers watch certain shows, they also take a minute to (anonymously) call out a couple of viewers, including one who watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl for 365 days in a row. (No word yet on whether that was Johnny Depp revisiting his glory days.)
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Prime Video Apple TV

Good news for Apple TV users who long for the warm embrace of Amazon Prime Video: six months after Apple CEO Tim Cook assured users it would happen, Amazon Prime Video is now available on Apple TV. Yes, that’s correct: Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is finally a reality. This decision will hopefully end a feud between Apple and Amazon, with Amazon refusing to sell Apple’s streaming box unless Apple TV made Prime Video available.

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Black Mirror season 4 trailers

In addition to being one of the most gorgeously shot shows on television, Charlie Brooker‘s science fiction anthology series Black Mirror is also one of the most disturbing: its episodes are often punishingly bleak, bringing its audience to the brink of despair while offering searing commentary on our relationship with (and dependence on) technology. But while it’s not exactly “feel-good” TV, it’s also a really good show that manages to attract some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and actors to work on it.

So while part of me sort of dreads the idea of watching more, I know it’ll be worth it. It always is. And it won’t be long before new episodes will be upon us. Two new Black Mirror season 4 trailers have arrived, and you can watch them below.
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Why Quentin Tarantino Doesn’t Like Netflix

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Quentin Tarantino is clearly a cinephile, but don’t you dare ask him to stream movies. The Hateful Eight filmmaker has revealed his dislike for streaming services like Netflix in the past, and a newly unearthed interview provides even more insight into the Tarantino Netflix disdain. When will the Tarantino Netflix wars end?

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Stranger Things Bits JKGM

In this edition of Stranger Things Bits:

  • David Harbour talks about one of Jim Hopper’s smallest character details
  • Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo answer the web’s most-searched questions about the show
  • An update on how many people have purchased Dustin’s brontosaurus sweatshirt
  • Find out how the show screwed up one of its scientific references
  • The Duffer Brothers tease the return of yet another character for season 3
  • Even more cool fan art
  • And more!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Review

As we get closer to December, the weather is starting to get chilly, which means you’ll want to spend plenty of time at home on your couch curled under a warm blanket. So you’ll want to have plenty of movies and TV showed queued up on Netflix to keep you occupied.

December brings a whole new line-up of movies and TV shows, including one of Marvel’s summer hits, a Disney Christmas classic, some new stand-up comedy specials and much more. So check out the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2017 below.

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