Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.
Well, here we are. In the midst of a pandemic that requires nearly all of us to stay the hell indoors. The silver lining: More time to sit around and stream movies. Which means it’s my time to shine! I felt a little extra pressure this week, since I know many people are craving new entertainment to watch at the moment. So I tried to compile a list of highly watchable movies – not just good movies, but movies that suck you in and take your mind off of, well, everything with one or two outliers. So hang in there, everyone. We’ll get through this.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Fugitive Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 1993
Director: Andrew Davis
Cast: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé
There are very few “perfect movies,” but The Fugitive definitely deserves that title. A fast-paced, wholly absorbing Hollywood movie the likes of which they don’t really make anymore. Harrison Ford is Dr. Richard Kimble, who has been wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. After his prison bus crashes and gets hit by a train, Kimble is on the run – and being hunted by U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard Tommy Lee Jones, in an Oscar-winning performance. The Fugitive clocks in at a little over 2 hours but it never drags for a second, pulling you along as Kimble tries to clear his name. While Jones has the flashier role, Ford is excellent here as well, using that everyman charm to great advantage.
For fans of: Witness, Midnight Run, Provasic.Pet Sematary Now Streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, John Lithgow
One of the best of the recent Stephen King adaptations, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer‘s take on King’s most terrifying novel manages to be incredibly faithful to the text while also doing completely new things. It’s a dangerous gamble that not everyone was happy with, but it works considerably well. In Pet Sematary, the Creed family, lead by patriarch Dr. Louis Creed Jason Clarke moves to Ludlow, Maine for a fresh start. But there’s an ancient Native American burial ground deep in the woods behind their house – and it has the power to raise the dead. While I’ll always have a soft spot for the 1989 adaptation, the new Pet Sematary does a great job of capturing the unspeakable dread that’s so prevalent in King’s novel.
For fans of: Pet Sematary 1989, Starry Eyes, big trucks....
In 1955, Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton, who appeared in films like Witness for the Prosecution, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Spartacus, stepped behind the camera as a director for the first and only time. The result was The Night of the Hunter, a dark, moody thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a serial killer, and a movie that is beloved by cinephiles and has influenced generations of filmmakers and storytellers. It’s a stone-cold classic: not just one of the best films ever directed by an actor, but a movie that many including the revered film magazine Cahiers du cinéma consider to be one of the best films ever made, period.
So while it’s not exactly surprising to learn that Universal is developing a remake, the news does arrive with the same exhausted sense of, “But…why?” that always accompanies stories like this.The Night of the Hunter Remake
Variety broke the news about the remake, which is described as “a contemporary version of the original thriller, rather than a period piece.” Screenwriter Matthew Orton is developing the movie for Universal Pictures. Orton only has one produced credit to his name thus far: he wrote a 2018 spy thriller called Operation Finale which I have not seen but it looks pretty good. Peter Gethers Lay the Favorite and Amy Pascal Spider-Man: Homecoming, Little Women will serve as producers. Still, knowing how great this movie is makes news about a remake tough to swallow. There are thousands of middling movies with solid premises from the golden era of studio filmmaking – why mess with a classic?
The 1955 film, which is based on a novel by author David Grubb, follows a sociopathic preacher who travels the country marrying women for their money, murdering them, and then moving on to the next town. During a stint in jail, the preacher learns that his cell mate has $10,000 stashed somewhere; after the cell mate dies and the preacher gets out, he goes looking for the money, conning the cell mate’s widow into a relationship and trying to coax the location of the cash out of her two young children.
Mitchum’s preacher becomes increasingly unhinged as his patience wears thin, and his menacing performance scared the hell out of an entire generation of moviegoers, and many people have called The Night of the Hunter one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Here’s the very old-fashioned trailer with an introduction by Gremlins filmmaker Joe Dante explaining how it scarred him as a child, followed by a spoiler-heavy video in which Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro talks about how much the film means to him because of the way it blends horror and beauty on screen: