Best Movies Streaming Right Now Inside Llewyn Davis

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

Here we are again, standing in front of the vast wilderness of streaming. I’m sure as I’m typing this, at least five more streaming services are being created. All these options can make choices overwhelming, but that’s why I’m here. Let me make the choice for you. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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Netflix’s The King is a reverse Hobbit: instead of adapting one book into three movies, it adapts three plays into one film. Shorn of Shakespearean dialogue, this loose retelling of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V gets by on character and plot. Timothée Chalamet brings a brooding intensity to the Henry V role, which sees him following in the footsteps of classically trained luminaries like Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Kenneth Branagh. That he can hold his own as a screen presence, even in comparison to thespians such as those, bodes well for his starring role in next year’s Dune.

The King also reunites director David Michôd with Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendolsohn, two actors who broke out internationally after appearing in Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama, Animal Kingdom. Edgerton serves as Michôd’s co-writer here, just as he did for the 2014 dystopian outback Western, The Rover, starring Guy Pearce. Michôd brings back Robert Pattinson from that movie; like Chalamet, Pattinson is no stranger to heartthrob status, and he’s set to headline a future tentpole (just a little movie called The Batman).

The King arrives in a post-Game of Thrones landscape where at-home audiences have become inured to watching court intrigue play out in medieval settings. Yet its source material predates Game of Thrones by centuries. Writer George R.R. Martin drew from the same period of history as Shakespeare’s Henriad, the cycle of plays that this movie partially adapts. Among other things, The King depicts the muddy hell of the Battle of Agincourt, the original inspiration for the Battle of the Bastards. This may not be Westeros, but war is still bloody and mud underfoot is an apt symbol for the innocence-to-experience arc that Chalamet’s conflicted prince undergoes as he dons his father’s crown and enters the moral quagmire of adulthood.

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the king trailer final

Timothée Chalamet is Henry V in The King, a new, gritty Netflix take on a story that’s previously been told by both William Shakespeare and Orson Welles. In The King, Chalamet’s Prince Hal has spent his life ignoring his royal lineage, but that all changes when his father dies, forcing Hal to take the throne. Now he has to deal with his kingly duties, and also a bewigged Robert Pattinson using a French accent. Watch the final The King trailer below.

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Netflix Fall Theatrical Releases

Netflix finally revealed its plan to release The Irishman in theaters this November, but Martin Scorsese’s crime epic isn’t the only film from the streaming channel headed to the big screen. In total, the streaming giant will send 10 movies to theaters. The Netflix fall theatrical releases will include The KingMarriage StoryDolemite is My Name, and more.

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Timothée Chalamet and his gorgeous head of hair is everywhere nowadays, but fans of the Call Me By Your Name Oscar nominee will have to suffer with him shaving those curls off and rocking a bowl cut in The KingChalamet stars as Hal, the wayward prince who goes on to become King Henry V, in the adaptation of Shakespeare’s various plays about the English king directed by David Michôd. Watch The King trailer below.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

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The King cast

Netflix’s upcoming movie The King has found its subjects.

Director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) begins production tomorrow on his William Shakespeare-inspired epic movie, and he’s pulled together a pretty stellar cast to join previously-announced stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior). Read on to learn about the rest of The King cast and who they’ll play in this story of war, legacy, and nobility.
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trailer round-up damsel

You wan’t trailers? You’ve got trailers, baby. Here’s a movie trailer round-up featuring the latest coming attractions you may have missed. And if you didn’t miss them, just pretend you did and watch them anyway. Please, humor me. Below you’ll see trailers for the Uma Thurman film Down A Dark Hall, the documentary The King, the YouTube original Dallas and Robo, the HBO doc John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, the Robert Pattinson flick Damsel, the Imagine Dragons documentary Believer, the new series Strange Angel, and the animated film Fireworks.

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the king timothee chalamet

At 22, Timothée Chalamet became the Oscar’s youngest Best Actor nominee in almost 80 years for his revelatory performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romance, Call Me By Your Name. How do you follow that up? By putting on a crown. On Netflix.

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As the first major film festival of the year, Sundance is ground zero for distributors discovering some of the gems that will populate film release schedules throughout the rest of the year. Here is our list of movies sold at Sundance 2018 so far, which should be coming to theaters, VOD, and streaming services in the near future.

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