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best foreign movies and tv streaming

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

We’re in the swing of holiday season, and while you’re stuck with your families (or stuck on your own), why not pop in an international movie or TV series to pass the time? In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, the best foreign movies and TV streaming now include some time-honored classics like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as well as new, tearjerking releases like Sophia Loren’s long-awaited return to film, that is sure to get the whole family crying (or get you crying alone, because you’re being safe).

Let’s fire up those subtitles, and get’s streaming.

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hereditary puzzle

Puzzles are back in a big way this year! Why? Because we’re all stuck in our goddamn houses (or at least we’re supposed to be). The folks at A24, who sometimes make movies when they’re not selling wildly overpriced tchotchkes, have decided to get in on the action and release three mini-puzzles featuring images pulled from their films. Two of the puzzles are harmless and kind of cute – one features the cast that Saoirse Ronan wore in Lady Bird, and the other is the black opal that ruins Adam Sandler‘s life in Uncut Gems. The third, however, is bound to make some people do a double-take. It features the severed, ant-covered head of Charlie (Milly Shapiro) from Hereditary. So, uh, it’s NSFW.

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: I’m not going to fake positivity. This Thanksgiving will suck on levels that no holiday has any right to, because I’ll assume we’re all doing the responsible thing by staying home amidst growing concern over (once again) increasing COVID-19 cases. The somewhat salvageable news? In October, roughly 40+ new-release horror films hit VOD platforms and streaming services. Far too many titles for the sane and rational moviewatcher to tackle in a single month, now with an extended four-day weekend and lots of at-home lounge time. Here’s to chipping away at our backlogs instead of needlessly extending future lockdown protocols!

Chris: It’s been a month. Hell, it’s been a year. Things are rough, and now it’s Thanksgiving time – but I really hope you’re not traveling. I get it – you’re used to the tradition and want to go home and see your people. But you really, really shouldn’t. Not this year. Sooner or later, we’ll be on the other side of this. And while I’m not going to sit here and lie and say everything will be back to normal, things will be better. Because they have to be. For now, though, you should probably spend the holidays at home. And if you’re looking for something to fill your time, we’re rounding up some horror titles you might have missed in the last few weeks (you’ve probably had other things on your mind, what with…ya know…everything). 

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The Art of Political Murder trailer

HBO’s collection of new crime-centric documentaries continues next month with The Art of Political Murder, which recounts the 1998 murder of Juan Gerardi, a Guatemalan bishop and human rights activist who was killed for blaming the country’s military for some of the atrocities in its brutal, multi-decade civil war. George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov executive produced this documentary, and a new trailer has been released which you can watch below.
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Rocky Movies Ranked

Forget Marvel and forget the Fast and the Furious. The greatest long-running series of all time belongs to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky films. Since 1976, viewers have followed both Stallone and the Italian Stallion through ups and downs that can only come with over 40 years of life and experience. Rocky is also a uniquely American story of opportunity paired with the determination required to become a champion at something. You have a lot of options when it comes to Thanksgiving binging, but keep in mind that pretty much everyone loves a good Rocky movie. If you can only watch a few, here’s how they rank. Even the worst of these eight films is pretty darn special.

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Klaus

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Klaus

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words, let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Truly great Christmas movies are hard to come by. Even some of the beloved holiday favorites that get played on TV over and over again around the holidays aren’t exactly of the highest order. We’re just a little more accepting of mediocrity with holiday movies because they bring warm feelings to our heart when it’s cold outside. But what if you could get those same warm feelings and have an enchanting story with beautiful animation and a fantastic voice cast? That’s where Netflix’s lovely Klaus comes into play, and it should be added to your annual holiday movie rotation. Read More »

into the spider-verse deleted scenes

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why: Netflix is removing some movies in December. So it goes. But November isn’t over just yet, so if you act now, you can still watch the films mentioned below!  Here are the best movies leaving Netflix in December 2020.

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Heaven's Gate The Cult of Cults Trailer

People love cults. There are numerous reasons why, but it can’t be denied that it’s very easy for some individuals to get swept up in that cult mentality – be it Jim Jones, Scientology, the Rajneeshpuram community, the Branch Davidians, or Trumpism. And sadly, more often than not, cults can end in disaster and death. Such was the case with Heaven’s Gate, a group founded in the 1970s by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. The members of Heaven’s Gate believed they were destined to leave Earth and ascend on a spaceship to another world, and in 1997, things came to a horrific end when 39 members of the group died in a mass suicide. The Heaven’s Gate story is chronicled in the new HBO Max docuseries Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults. Watch the trailer below.

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mank trailer

November 2020, arguably the most stressful month in a year of stressful month, is almost at an end. Which means it’ll soon be December, and we’ll all be in holiday mode while also wondering what fresh hell awaits us. But there’s one thing we can do to distract ourselves from reality: watch stuff on Netflix. And as is always the case, a new month brings new Netflix titles. so here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2020.

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Mr. Mayor Trailer

The line-up of new shows for the 2020-2021 television season isn’t much to write home about thanks to the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on television production workflow. But there is one new show that we’re keeping our fingers crossed for since it hails from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and the first trailer for it has finally arrived.

Mr. Mayor follows Ted Danson as he tries to win over the people of Los Angeles as the city’s new mayor. But he faces some pretty stiff opposition in the form of Holly Hunter, who seems to have nothing but contempt and scorn for his election. Watch the Mr. Mayor trailer below for a peek at the series. Read More »