Best Movies Streaming Right Now June 21

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

Attention streaming movie fans: I’ve gathered up 10 must-stream movies to make your life easier. You’re welcome. In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find a wild Western from Sam Raimi; the directorial debut of Kelly Reichardt; the acting debut of Edward Norton; not one but two Ralph Fiennes films; an underrated ghost movie; a documentary about one of the worst films ever made, and more!

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

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The ‘Shaft’ Reboot Adds Method Man to Cast

Shaft Reboot Cast

The somewhat strange Shaft reboot, which takes the Samuel L. Jackson Shaft reboot from 2000 and reboots it again as a comedy, just added a new cast member: Cliff “Method Man” Smith. The Wu-Tang Clan member will be playing an old friend of Samuel L. Jackson’s John Shaft. Barbershop director Tim Story is helming the film, which may or may not be called Son of Shaft. Read on for more details on the Shaft reboot cast.

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Lethal Weapon Sequel Bits

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Lethal Weapon 5 is close to being a real thing
  • The Halloween reboot gets a new leading lady
  • Regina Hall joins the sequel to Shaft
  • A new poster for The Strangers: Prey at Night
  • Kingsman 3 apparently already in the works

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Netflix distribution

Who could have foreseen that a new Shaft movie might signal the next step in the evolution of Netflix distribution? But a new pending deal between the streaming service and New Line Cinema indicates that Netflix is ready to change its long-standing practices when it comes to theatrical distribution and release windows. Get the details below.
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The new Shaft movie won’t be another reboot. In fact, it’s going to be a family affair. The newly titled Son of Shaft has cast Jessie T. Usher in the title role, but he’s not coming alone. He’s going to have a little help from his father. And his great uncle. Because it seems that previous Shaft actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree have also signed on to join director Tim Story‘s action/comedy.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Shaft

Tim Story was at Showtime’s Television Critics Association party. He directed the pilot and several episodes of Jay Pharoah’s new half hour series White Famous. /Film had the opportunity to speak with Story about the feature film remake of Shaft, which he signed on to direct in January. As the director of Ride Along, Barbershop and other comedies, Story confirmed he is not doing Shaft as a straight action movie.

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shaft reboot director

It’s been well over a year since we heard anything about the new version of Shaft that New Line has been cooking up with screenwriters Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, but now we know that Tim Story will be sitting the director’s chair.

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new Shaft movie

New Line’s Shaft reboot is moving forward with help from, of all places, ABC’s Wednesday night sitcom block. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and The Goldbergs writer/exec producer Alex Barnow have been tapped to write the latest take on blaxploitation classic.

Whereas the original Shaft was a gritty thriller, the new film is envisioned as an action-comedy. Not surprisingly, not everyone is happy about this change in tone. One vocal opponent is current Shaft comic book writer David F. Walker, who has a message for New Line Cinema: “Fuck you!” More about the Shaft reboot writers after the jump.  Read More »

New Line Will Make a New ‘Shaft’ Movie

new Shaft movie

Shaft was born in the early ’70s, when Richard Roundtree played the seductive and violent private detective John Shaft for director Gordon Parks. The story continued in two sequels and a short TV series, then was picked up years later, in 2000, when Samuel L. Jackson played John Shaft’s nephew, with the character at the center of a film directed by John Singleton. Now New Line wants to make a new Shaft movie — we just don’t know what this one will look like. Read More »

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding The Tooth Fairy starring The Rock, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review, or an interview.

It’s rare when the marketing campaign for an indie movie has a celebratory feel, clearly organized by a team as psyched on the feature as they hope the recipient will be. Soon after learning of Black Dynamite last year, several packages arrived at my home/office in correlation with its theatrical release. They contained quality tees—one read “Fight Smack In The Orphanage” in bold-ass white-on-black CAPS—along with a high concept soundtrack and a media kit ribboned and accented with a syringe pen. For months thereafter, director and co-writer Scott Sanders seemed to personally and tirelessly push Dynamite to every white sucka on Internet Geek Street. It was admirable, considering that his second feature film was indeed a pretty fun, meticulously designed hat tip to the Afro-Fu era of Dolemite.

The film is also a stable showcase for Sanders’s pal Michael Jai White (SpawnThe Dark Knight) to launch a renewed case for chiseled action stardom, and a welcome invite for underseen talents like Tommy Davidson and Arsenio Hall to get retarded. Oh, and if you ever wondered about the true origin of chicken and waffles? That’s in there too. During an absurd week that saw oversensitive Twitterers erupt over the existence of soul food, what better film and DVD to welcome Black History Month? Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness asked Sanders a few questions about Dynamite’s future as a CIA agent-cum-VietNam veteran-cum-inner city exterminator of “jive ass” dummies. (Note: NSFW movie stills after the jump.)

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