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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Harry Potter mobile game

While fans can walk around inside a physical recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme parks, there’s nothing that simulates the experience of being a student at the school from the Harry Potter books and movies. But a new role playing game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery aims to change that by allowing players to create their own characters and “choose their own path as a student at the school.”

This is different from the augmented reality game that was announced recently, so it looks J.K. Rowling’s magical world is about to break into the gaming space in a big way next year. Read more about the newest Harry Potter mobile game below.
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Steven Spielberg Saved Gizmo

Steven Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. The 70-year-old filmmaker will be delivering the excellent The Post to theaters this month and releasing his pop culture extravaganza Ready Player One in 2018. But just because Spielberg seems to be constantly plowing ahead into the future, that doesn’t mean we can’t stop and reflect on his past. Two new revealing bits of info from the director’s past detail revelations from former projects, including the time he saved Gremlins and when he got yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy on the set of E.T.  Read More »

Goosebumps

Goosebumps was one of 2015’s more pleasant surprises, a goofy and spooky horror romp that was just scary enough for kids and just clever enough for their parents. It also managed to evoke R.L. Stine’s original books while lovingly poking fun at them. It’s a good kids’ movie, a kind of gateway horror movie that functions much like the original books in that it offers youngsters a successful entry point into an intimidating genre.

Now, the sequel has a new director. Unless it doesn’t get made. Because even as the sequel moves forward, some behind-the-scenes issues have been plaguing the follow-up as it struggles to get off the ground.

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the phantom tollbooth movie

If you watched the Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War” earlier this year and thought “Wow, whoever directed this is going to get to make a big movie in the very near future,” congrats. You were right. And it looks like director Matt Shakman will make his big screen debut with an adaptation of the beloved children’s novel The Phantom Tollbooth.

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The Incredibles came out in 2004, but in a new image from the upcoming sequel, Pixar’s superhero family hasn’t aged a day. Despite the 14-year gap between movies, The Incredibles 2 picks up right where the first movie left off, with Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack suited up and looking like their old selves. To tweak a certain movie quote: we get older, these animated superheroes stay the same age.

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A series of unfortunate events season 2

Netflix brought Lemony Snicket‘s delightfully macabre A Series of Unfortunate Events to life earlier this year, and fans hungry for more pun-laced gloom are in luck. The first official images from the Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris have arrived, and they are practically overflowing with disguises. See the A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 images below.

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The Little Mermaid remake

Rob Marshall, the director of movies like Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Nine, is looking to be part of Disney’s world once again. According to a new report, the filmmaker is on the top of the studio’s wishlist to direct the planned live-action The Little Mermaid remake, which will feature music from Hamilton and Moana’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney legend Alan Menken.
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Kurt Russell Will Play Santa Claus For Netflix

Kurt Russell Santa Claus movie

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Kurt Russell is coming to town. Russell has just joined the cast of an untitled holiday movie in which he’ll be playing Kris Kringle himself, Santa Claus. The plot involves two kids who accidentally crash Santa’s sleigh, causing a major problem on Christmas Eve. Wacky hijinks follow. Read more about the Kurt Russell Santa Claus movie below.

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association award winners

Sound the trumpet – awards season is upon us! There is no escape from awards season – you can run but you can’t hide from the glut of critic societies and other organizations announcing movie award winners and nominees as the year comes to a close. Just recently, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their winners for the best films and performances of the year, and the Annie Awards have announced their nominations for the best animated material of 2017. Get the full lists of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award winners and the Annie Award nominees below.

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