At the outset, the concept of The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is the stuff of genre genius – a hard-nosed, irascible cop and tough guy crime boss become allies to combat a shared enemy when a knife-wielding serial killer comes to town. Lee Won-tae’s film has such an extraordinary premise, ripe for exploration, that it can’t help but feel a little bit disappointing when such a relatively straightforward flick is the result. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Has this ever happened to you: you sit down on the couch (or bean bag chair) with your significant other, staring at a blank TV screen. “What shall we watch, my love?” your SO asks. “I dunno, how about security camera footage of an old warehouse?” you suggest. “No, we watched that last weekend,” SO replies. “I want something new. But there are so many options! How can we possibly choose?” “I don’t know,” you shrug. “I guess we should just go to bed. If only Chris Evangelista had been born, then he could offer us some suggestions.”
Oh, did I forget to mention this story takes place in an alternate universe where I was never born? Anyway, lucky for you, I do exist in this universe. And I’ve compiled a whole slew of great titles you can stream right this second. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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It’s rare that you see a film with as stacked an ensemble as Ben Kingsley, Henry Cavill, Stanley Tucci, Alexandra Daddario, and more disappear by the wayside, but the dark crime thriller Nomis, aka Night Hunter as it’s being released domestically, could be in danger of doing just that. Kingsley stars as a vigilante who targets child predators, but ends up embroiled in a “dangerous scheme” involving the police force and a troubled man who has been “linked to years of female abductions and murders.” Watch the full international Nomis trailer below. Read More »
Hollywood is taking another stab at cracking the code of Dan Brown‘s bestselling Robert Langdon novels. The fictional Harvard “symbology” professor with an exceptionally bad hairdo is heading to the small screen in the form of a prequel series at NBC. Based on Brown’s thriller novel The Lost Symbol, the Langdon TV series will follow a young Robert Langdon during his early adventures as the world’s most prominent symbologist. Now, we’ll finally uncover the real mystery: Was Robert Langdon’s hair always that bad?
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One superhero franchise about caches of humans with special abilities may be fizzling out this week, but Starz is introducing a new supernatural spy thriller series that could replace that X-shaped hole in our hearts. The Rook, based on Daniel O’Malley’s novel of the same name, follows an amnesiac woman who slowly discovers that she may have a connection to a mysterous secret service that fends off threats that are a little paranormal. Watch The Rook trailer below.
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Update: We’ve confirmed that the Moose appearing this month on Amazon is actually a completely different movie, which means we’re going to have to wait a little longer before we see John Travolta and Fred Durst’s Moose, or The Fanatic as it’s possibly called now. The original story continues below.
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This week’s Blu-ray column might be one of the most eclectic to date. We have five superhero movies, all of which are wildly different than one another. Then there are two thrillers, both of which are also quite different from each other. And if all of that isn’t enough, you’ll also find a political biopic and a dance movie straight from hell. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.
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There’s something satisfyingly convoluted about Diao Yinan’s delightfully dense film The Wild Goose Lake, Cannes Film Festivalwhich recently played at the . Named after a vacation spot where the film is set, it’s a land of motorcycle thieves and bathing beauties, a criminal element living in a kind of mild truce with the local police. Read More »
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Anyone looking for the physical comedy we’ve come to associate with Melissa McCarthy or the over-the-top antics we often expect from Tiffany Haddish should look elsewhere, because this 1970s mob thriller teams them with Elisabeth Moss and trades jokes for straight-faced, no-nonsense drama. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Richard Shepard‘s The Perfection is probably not a movie anyone would call predictable. It twists and turns, but more importantly, always reveals more underneath the star cellists of the movie, played with real intensity by Allison Williams and Logan Browning. They keep a movie grounded even as it quickly goes from gross to horrific to funny and to tragic, always keeping the audience on its toes.
Co-written by Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo, The Perfection pays homage to the cinematic worlds of Brian De Palma and Park Chan-wook. It’s not afraid to go to some dark places with its tongue remaining in its cheek, maintaining its sense of humor all the way until an unsettling end. While Shepard knows the Netflix thriller is not for everybody, based on the reviews, it’s proven to be a must-see for adventurous viewers.
It’s a movie with a lot of color and personality, much like Shepard’s last few movies: The Matador, The Hunting Party, and Dom Hemingway. Recently, Shepard told us about the making of his latest film, why movie stars like to take risks, and how Greg Kinnear saved The Matador.
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