Best Movies Streaming Right Now August 16

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

The weekend is almost here, which means you’re likely going to be scrolling through streaming services, asking yourself: “What the heck should I watch?” That’s where Now Stream This comes in. Below, you’ll find 10 great options to stream, including a bonafide masterpiece, a A.I. love story, a forgotten sequel, a bombastic action movie, an underrated sci-fi drama, a creepy documentary, and more.

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

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Alcatraz Movie

James Foley, director of Fifty Shades Freed and Glengarry Glen Ross, is set to helm Alcatraz. The film is based on the true story of three men who successfully escaped from the notorious prison and were never found. That sounds fine, I guess, but we all know this won’t be as cool as The Rock.

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‘Shazam!’ Sets 2019 Release Date

Shazam release date

Mark your calendars: Shazam! will hit theaters in a little over a year. The DCEU entry directed by Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out director David F. Sandberg adapts the comic about a young boy who has the power to turn into an adult superhero. Zachary Levi stars. The Shazam release date now puts it one month before the release of Avengers 4.

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Five Michael Bay Audio Commentary Recommendations

Five Great Michael Bay Commentaries

Michael Bay‘s commentaries are great entertainment. He never disappoints with his tracks. He’ll tell you when someone wasn’t doing their job. He’ll tell you when he had to yell. And he’ll always tell you when he was “the first” to use a new camera, government aircraft, or whatever super-expensive new toy he got to play with.

If you want to know how Michael Bay became Michael Bay, these commentaries give you a good idea of how he reached his level of success. While not included in this month’s recommendations, it should go without saying you should listen to the Armageddon and Pearl Harbor audio commentaries. Ben Affleck is on fire in both. The Pearl Harbor track is hours of Affleck making Josh Hartnett giggle.

Below, check out our five Michael Bay commentary recommendations.

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The Rock

Michael Bay directed three Transformers movies about Sam Witwicky, and two about Cade Yaeger, but only one about maybe his most likable action heroes, Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery). Over 20 years after The Rock opened in theaters, sadly Bay isn’t attempting to reunite Cage and a retired Connery, but he did have an idea for how to get them back together. The Rock sequel would’ve picked up where the first movie left off, with Goodspeed and Carla (Vanessa Marcil) hitting the road with government secrets in hand.

Below, learn more about Bay’s idea for The Rock sequel.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Jungle Cruise Movie

Last week, we learned that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be officially starring in a film adaptation of the classic Disneyland ride Jungle Cruise. Now that the movie is greenlit, The Rock surprised park guests at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park by taking over the skipper duties of the Jungle Cruise attraction. And yes, of course there’s a photo and a fun story from the man himself.
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baywatch

Dwayne Johnson has announced that tomorrow Paramount Pictures will be releasing the first trailer for Baywatch, which he describes as an R-rated “highly dysfunctional” “Avengers of the Beach”. Hit the jump to see the Baywatch teaser.
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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in December 2016

Movies Coming to Netflix

We’re coming up on the last month of 2016, and Netflix has a great batch of new titles coming to their streaming library to close out the year. There’s a wide variety of nostalgic movies from the 1990s, some great documentaries, new Netflix original programming and stand-up comedy specials, and even a couple movies that hit theaters earlier this year.

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moana interview

Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Over the course of our discussion, Ron and Jon talk about how the project developed with Maui originally set to be the main character of the story, how Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi brought to the script, developing the musical elements, Lin-Manuel Miranda writing songs for The Rock to sing, how Mad Max: Fury Road helped inspired an action sequence featuring the Kakamora in the film. Hit the jump to read the full Moana interview.
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Jumanji Sequel

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has posted the first piece of concept art from the reboot/sequel to the beloved family film Jumanji. The concept art reveals that The Rock will be playing a character that looks to be very inspired by Indiana Jones. Hit the jump to find out what The Rock is cooking.

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