Best Movies Streaming February 2018

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

Welcome to another edition of Now Stream This. I’ve scoured the wild world of streaming services to bring you the best of the best of the best. It seems every day another new streaming service is popping up, making it nearly impossible to navigate this dangerous terrain. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. You’re welcome.

This edition of Now Stream This brings you a highly underrated and very recent Todd Haynes movie, a new Netflix horror flick, a gloriously over-the-top action movie, a cynical noir loaded with snappy dialogue, the first Hannibal Lecter film, a romantic horror movie, a Steven Spielberg adventure, a cringe-inducing social media comedy, and some good old fashioned body horror. It’s time to look at the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Wonderstruck trailer 2

Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) has teamed up with Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions for his latest film. Based on author Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s novel, Wonderstruck is the story of two kids in two separate time periods going on their own quests for discovery, and early reviews indicate that this could be a major contender for awards as we enter the fall movie season. Take a look at the latest Wonderstruck trailer below.
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Wonderstruck trailer

It’s been too long since director Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore have collaborated. In the 13 years since Far From Heaven, they’ve both done dynamite work, but after two fantastic collaborations, including Safe, we’re finally getting a third movie from the duo. Haynes’ latest picture is Wonderstruck, based on screenwriter Brian Selznick‘s (“Hugo“) book of the same name.

Below, watch the Wonderstruck trailer.

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Why Amazon Wants Their Movies Released Theatrically

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon wants to start producing 15 movies a year with “top filmmakers.” They’ve already collaborated with some notable directors, having joined forces with David O. Russell and Nicolas Winding Refn for some shows, in addition to distributing Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea. Now, they’re producing the latest films from Todd Haynes (Carol) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and for a good reason, the company wants their work shown in a theater like the rest of us.

Below, learn why Amazon theatrical releases matter to the distributor.

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Carol trailer

Todd Haynes‘ Carol is an excellent film. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s a quiet movie, one that speaks to you through performances and visuals, not always dialogue. It’s a rare movie, in that sense, and it’s one of the many reasons why you should all see it in a theater. The Weinstein Company has released another trailer for film, which you can watch after the jump.

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Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes reuniting

Director Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore have made two great movies together. They first collaborated 20 years ago with Safe, an unnerving drama/horror movie. Years later the director and actress worked together on the deeply beautiful Far From Heaven, but that was the last time the two collaborated. After a 13 year wait, Haynes and Moore are joining forces once again for an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s “Wonderstruck.”

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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Carol Review

Director Todd Haynes often explores repressed desires and emotions. Velvet GoldmineFar from Heaven, and Haynes’ other pictures share themes of what people choose to hide from the world. The conflicts their characters face are always presented with sensitivity and thoughtfulness — a deep understanding of the pain or joy in their lives. Once again, with Carol, Haynes digs deep under the skin of his characters.

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Carol Trailer

One of our most anticipated films for the fall, and almost certainly of of the most gorgeous, is Carol, from Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce) with stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her work here. The film is an adaptation of The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, and follows the characters played by Blanchett and Mara as they fall in love in ’50s New York. Have a look at the new US Carol trailer below. Read More »

Carol trailer

Todd Haynes returns this fall with his first feature in eight years, Carol. The midcentury romance stars Cate Blanchett as Carol a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with the a younger shop clerk named Therese, played by Rooney Mara. Watch the Carol teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

Great Directors documentary

The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, and is just the sort of thing to turn new audiences on to films from each of those filmmakers, or, if you’re already a fan of that crew, to bolster your knowledge of each. Watch the full Great Directors documentary below.  Read More »