Best 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.) 

Congratulations: you’ve survived the 4th of July. There are only two days left in the work week, and then you can blow off steam with the much-cherished weekend. There’s a heat-wave sweeping the world, and it’s just too hot to go outside. So what better thing to do this weekend than stay the heck inside and stream some great movies? That’s where this list comes in. Below you’ll find some of the best movies streaming right now, including Taxi DriverStar Wars: The Last JediInterview With the VampireSingle White Female, and more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Keri Russell Star Wars

Update: Variety has corrected their initial report about Lawrence Kasdan’s involvement. Find the update below.

Breaking news from a galaxy far, far away: writer/director J.J. Abrams has cast his frequent collaborator Keri Russell in Star Wars: Episode 9. Read more about the Keri Russell Star Wars casting below. Read More »

Star Wars Resistance

A recent Disney event revealed a brand-new look at character designs from the upcoming animated Star Wars series Star Wars Resistance. In addition to the new image, we now have an idea of when the show will premiere. Get all the Star Wars Resistance details below.

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Thrawn and Patton

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: Patton.)

General George S. Patton once said, “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” And one thing I’m not cynical about is movies, particularly the old classics. The movie about the American general’s life, Patton, is one such classic.

Released in 1970 and directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, Patton came from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund North that won them both Oscars. It won Best Picture that year as well, on top of five other awards. For his portrayal of the anything-but-cynical general, George C. Scott was awarded an Oscar that he refused to accept, stating that he didn’t feel like he was in competition with other actors. Patton tells the story of the general’s service during World War II, skipping over his early life and previous military career entirely. The film gets into the head of one of the most brilliant tactical minds who ever lived, but also examines the troubles that same mind had in the realm of the political. The film takes great pains to show the struggles of war and the toxicity required to construct ideas like “courage” and “cowardice” in the face of battle.

Talking to Lucasfilm Animation Supervising Director Dave Filoni over the years, he has revealed that Patton has been a big influence on his treatment of characters that feature prominently in Star Wars Rebels.

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Marvel Studios Phase Four

Rumors have been circulating around Hollywood recently that Kathleen Kennedy would be stepping down from Lucasfilm, and that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige would be coming in to head up the future of Star Wars. Sitting down across from Feige at the Ant-Man and the Wasp junket, I was able to ask Feige about the speculation and put an end to the rumors.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Commentary

Before Star Wars: The Last Jedi even hit theaters, Rian Johnson was already signing the papers to helm his own Star Wars trilogy. But while we know nothing about a script, a story, or even a title, that Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy could be coming to us sooner than we expected.

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Matt Ferguson Star Wars Print Set

Bottleneck Gallery, in association with ACME Archives, has teamed up with artist Matt Ferguson on a new Star Wars original trilogy print set. The good news is that it is being released in a timed edition, which means you’ll have the opportunity to buy it within a 24-hour window and won’t lose out like many of those limited edition releases. Below, find out how and where you can buy this Matt Ferguson Star Wars print set.

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Clone Wars Comic-Con

Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered on October 3, 2008, which means we’re approaching its tenth anniversary faster than a speeder bike zipping through a forest of redwood trees. We know Disney is officially sitting out this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but Lucasfilm will be there to hold a Clone Wars Comic-Con panel to look back on the show and its legacy. Read the official press release below.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode 9

With the future of Star Wars spin-off movies up in the air, some of the legacy characters from the Star Wars saga who were meant to get their own installments in the Star Wars Story banner are left in limbo. However, a new rumor indicates that one of the characters rumored to have his own Star Wars spin-off might make a return to the primary saga.

A new rumor, which should be taken with a huge grain of salt, indicates that Star Wars prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor may secretly shoot a role for Star Wars Episode 9. That might sound ludicrous at first, but there are plenty of ways for Ewan McGregor to come back for the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Read More »

Future Star Wars Spin-Off Movies

Last week Star Wars fans heard the worrisome but unsurprising news that any future installments in the Star Wars Story spin-off banner from Lucasfilm were on hold. The news came in the wake of the less than satisfying box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was meant to kick off an entire franchise of movies following young Han Solo. However, Lucasfilm released a statement saying that report was “premature” and “speculative,” and multiple Star Wars movies were still in development that hadn’t been officially announced. So what’s the deal here?

New details about future Star Wars spin-offs have emerged, and it sounds like the situation lies somewhere in between. A report indicates that Lucasfilm isn’t slowing down development of any future Star Wars movies, but “they are licking their wounds.” Let’s dive into what that means, including the status of previously reported future Star Wars spin-off movies focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. Read More »