The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in January 2021

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As December (and 2020) ends, it’s time to say goodbye to a few titles on HBO Max. The streaming service is chucking a handful of films, some of them quite great. So jump on down below to see the movies leaving HBO Max in January 2021.

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(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 MovieBefore Sunrise and Before Sunset

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: After forging a deep connection on board a train to Vienna, American tourist Jesse (Ethan Hawke) convinces Parisian student Celine (Julie Delpy) to get off the train with him and wander around the city. Nine years later, they reunite, now in their 30s and burdened with the emotional baggage of adulthood. Another nine years later and…well, HBO Max doesn’t have Before Midnight so we can’t finish this bitterly romantic trilogy can we?

Why It’s Essential Viewing: “Think of this as time travel.” With that smooth pick-up line, Ethan Hawke’s Jesse kicked off one of the greatest cinematic romances of all time. The first two films of Richard Linklater‘s perfect Before trilogy, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are the beginning of Linklater’s fixation on the cinematic passage of time that he would try to experiment with again on Boyhood and soon with Merrily We Roll Along. But the Before trilogy, and how it acts in conversation with its filmmaker and its two stars is still Linklater’s most successful attempt (sorry, Boyhood). Like the meandering chats between Jesse and Celine as they wander through picturesque European cities, the Before trilogy feels like it grew organically from Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy’s growing disillusionment they all experienced as they moved from their twenties, to their thirties, to their forties. Jesse and Celine sometimes sound too naive, at times, or too bitter, but they always sound completely, nakedly genuine.

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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.) 

Need something to stream? What a coincidence! I have a whole list of streaming titles below! Good think you clicked on this link. Below you’ll find titles streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more. There’s the political thriller All The President’s Men, the game-changing The Matrix, Steven Spielberg’s misunderstood A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,  Peter Jackson’s very long King Kong remake, the surprisingly funny and sexy Sleeping With Other People, and more. Drama, horror, rom-coms, true stories – you want it, you’ve got it.

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

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Ready Player One Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see if you caught the dozens of Easter eggs people have spotted in Ready Player One so far. Plus, check out a video essay comparing the dreamlike romances of Call My By Your Name and Before Sunrise, and find out how you can make your own Ringwraith Gauntlets from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More »

/Answers: Our Favorite Sundance Movies

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Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we celebrate the start of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by asking “What is your favorite movie to have come out of Sundance?”

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The Best Movies Of Sundance Film Festival History

The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a film festival, but a look into the future of cinema. As we travel to Park City Utah this year, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the last 30 years of the festival. Today I begin part one of my two-day, two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. In part one I will focus on the first 15 years of the festival* as the small independent film festival grew into the launching pad for new filmmakers and ground zero for the independent movie boom of the 1990’s.

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The Before Trilogy Criterion Collection

Three of the best romance movies of all time make up what is known as Richard Linklater‘s Before Trilogy. Released over 18 years, the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013) reveal the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who meet one day in Vienna and share mere hours together before they leave each other, only to see their relationship blossom into something that is simultaneously beautiful and complicated. Now all three films are coming to the Criterion Collection in February of 2017.

Get the details on The Before Trilogy Criterion Collection box set after the jump. Read More »

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Richard Linklater‘s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, recently premiered at the ongoing South by Southwest, and Linklater fans should be pleased to learn the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused is already a hit with critics. Our own Jacob Hall called Everybody Wants Some “Linklater’s funniest film in years,” and most reviews have echoed that sentiment.

If you’re a fan of the director and you’re in Austin, then this must be a good week for you, because, in addition to the debut of the filmmaker’s latest work, Mondo is currently celebrating his filmography with a show called “No Longer/Not Yet.”

Check out the posters below.

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20 Films Turning 20 in 2015

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1995 doesn’t feel like it was so very long ago. If you were alive in that era, you probably still remember oohing and ahhing over Toy Story‘s CG-animated surfaces for the very first time, or meeting a brand new 007 in Pierce Brosnan. But in fact, you are wrong. 1995 really was that long ago. At least we still have some favorites of the era to take us back. Even if we’re now streaming them on iTunes instead of popping them into our VCRs.

We’re not saying these are the best films of 1995 — that’s a conversation for another time — but these are the ones that stuck with us. Some because they’ve become reliable favorites, some because they still feel remarkably fresh, and others because they’re so hilariously 1995, they couldn’t possibly have been made at any other time. Join us in revisiting 20 films turning 20 in 2015  after the jump.

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January Movie Releases That Didn’t Suck

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There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.

Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.

With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »