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    • For $5.99 a month (ad-supported) or $11.99 a month (ad-free), you'll gain access toHulu's entire streaming catalog of TV shows, original series, and movies.
    • While movies often aren't the main draw ofHulu, its collection of over 2,500 titles is nothing to sneeze at.
    • Standout new releases include "Booksmart", "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," and "A Quiet Place."
    • Classics like "Vacation", "When Harry Met Sally," and "Good Will Hunting," also make our list of top picks.
    • If you're looking for a reliable device to stream Hulu on, check out our guides to the best 4K TVs and the best streaming players.

     

    Though Hulu originally launched as a platform aimed at bringing TV series to streamers, over the years it's built a sizable movie catalog, with over 2,500 titles across genres. I've often viewed it as a nice supplement to my Hulu subscription rather than what drives me to the platform, which is still its collection of my favorite shows and its host of original content

    But as I was browsing their film selection, I kept finding myself saying, "I didn't know Hulu had this," and adding it to my watch list. It's become clear to me that I have to turn my attention away from watching "30 Rock" over and over again and start streaming some of Hulu's vast movie collection. Clearly, I have a lot of content to catch up on.

    If you don't yet have a Hulu subscription, the ad-supported option remains one of the most affordable streaming services on the market at $5.99 a month, or you can upgrade to the ad-free option — which I think is well worth it— for $11.99 a month. For those who want even more content, the ad-supported Hulu is also available as a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month ($5/month less than buying each separately). 

    Each tier gives you access to Hulu's entire movie catalog as well as the platform's entire collection of shows and Hulu Originals. And it couldn't be easier to stream. The Hulu app already comes installed on most smart TVs, so all you have to do is log in and start streaming. If you don't have a smart TV, any streaming box or stick will have Hulu available as an app as well. Or you can always stream on your phone or laptop.

    Once you get set up, here's our list of the best movies available for streaming on Hulu. Our selection features a mix of recent releases and classic titles across multiple genres, ensuring that all viewing needs are accounted for. All of the movies we've selected are categorized as fresh by critics and audience members on the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes

    Updated on 03/20/2020 by Steven Cohen: Removed films no longer available on Hulu and added new picks that you can stream right now. Updated formatting and added links to related guides and services to provide more home entertainment recommendations in light of current events. 

    'A Quiet Place'

    John Krasinski is most prominently known as Jim from "The Office," but "The Quiet Place"— which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in — is one of the films that helped him break away from his lovable goofball sitcom persona. This critically acclaimed thriller sees him alongside his real-life spouse Emily Blunt trying to survive in a world where monsters with ultrasensitive hearing attack anything that makes noise. Watch this one now before checking out the recently released sequel.



    'When Harry Met Sally'

    More than 30 years after its original release in 1989, "When Harry Met Sally" remains one of the most entertaining and perceptive romantic comedies ever made. Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron tap into the collective unconscious of the dating world, turning a classic tale of "boy meets girl" into a uniquely insightful and funny story about two people, Harry and Sally, who gradually fall in love over the span of several years. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as the iconic duo, turning in memorable performances that are sure to delight viewers.



    'RBG'

    In the past several years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a transformation from legal expert and Supreme Court Justice to the Notorious R.B.G. — an unlikely pop culture icon and feminist superstar. This critically acclaimed documentary tracks the groundbreaking, revolutionary career of a political powerhouse and her rise to prominence as the second-ever female Supreme Court Justice.



    'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'

    Paramount's Mission: Impossible franchise has been going strong since 1996, and the latest installment in the series just might be the best yet. "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" picks up after the events of the last film, and focuses on Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he and his team of spies attempt to track down a criminal who has stolen plutonium. Filled with thrilling visuals, the movie is a perfect fit for action junkies.  



    'Good Will Hunting'

    This Academy Award-winning film put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the map. Damon stars as the title character, Will Hunting, who works as a janitor at MIT but also happens to be a genius. Though a stereotypical underachiever, Will's life is changed when he meets a therapist played by Robin Williams. Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, and Minnie Driver round out the cast.



    'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

    If you're looking for an entertaining family film on Hulu, then Dreamworks' "How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World" is a great fit. The third film in the animated trilogy finds Hiccup and Toothless embarking on a journey to find a secret land where dragons live in peace. The movie stars the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham. 



    'Annihilation'

    The Shimmer, a quarantined zone where all life inside it is violently mutating, is expanding, and scientist Lena is tasked with determining why. But her secondary mission might be more pressing: discover what happened to her husband inside the mysterious area. This sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac is a visual and auditory intellectual roller-coaster ride.



    'I, Tonya'

    This dark comedy mockumentary follows the infamous scandal in which Tonya Harding's ex-husband hired a goon to attack and injure rival ice skater Nancy Kerrigan prior to the 1994 Olympics. Harding's involvement in the plot ruined her career and got her banned from ice skating competitions for life. Margot Robbie earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Harding, and the great Allison Janney took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Harding's mother



    'Sorry to Bother You'

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    Cash is finding his job as a telemarketer to be nearly impossible until his coworker lets him in on the secret to success: "white voice." When he excels at the skill, he rises quickly through the ranks only to discover the company he's working for has a freakish dark side. This sci-fi satire takes on race, class, and labor themes in a truly unique way.



    'Three Identical Strangers'

    Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary film "Three Identical Strangers" presents a classic instance of "truth is stranger than fiction." This unlikely true story examines the peculiar case of identical triplets who meet each other as young adults after being separated at birth. As the three brothers attempt to piece together how this could have happened, they discover surprising twists and turns that gradually expose a complex mystery.  



    'The Cabin in the Woods'

    More than just a typical horror flick, director Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods" acts as a clever satire on typical horror movie tropes and clichés. The film starts off with a standard premise as five friends encounter a deadly threat in a secluded cabin – but as the story develops, the movie playfully turns that common plot on its head. Funny and thrilling, this is a slasher with some genuine smarts and laughs on top of a healthy helping of scares.



    'Big Fish'

    Based on the novel written by Daniel Wallace, director Tim Burton's "Big Fish" is a cinematic love letter to storytelling. The plot focuses on the whimsical tall tales of a dying father (Albert Finney) as he tries to reconnect with his adult son (Billy Crudup). Ewan McGregor plays the father as a young man during fanciful flashbacks that recount his youth and romantic adventures. Examining the sometimes precarious relationship between truth and fiction, the movie weaves an emotional narrative about love and reconciliation.  



    'Booksmart'

    Following in the footsteps of similar coming-of-age teen comedies, "Booksmart" offers ample laughs and heartfelt insights in equal measure. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as a pair of high school seniors who suddenly realize they've spent their entire lives focusing on grades without having any fun. Before their graduation, they attempt to make up for lost time with a night of partying they'll never forget.  



    'Missing Link'

    Winner of the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture, "Missing Link" is a beautiful stop-motion film from the same studio who produced "Coraline" and "Kubo and the Two Strings." The story follows a Sasquatch named Mr. Link who seeks the help of an explorer to help him find his Yeti relatives. Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis all lend their voices to the cast.



    'Vacation'

    Director Harold Ramis' "Vacation" is a classic comedy that anyone who's ever been on a family road trip can relate to. As the Griswold family sets off on a journey to Walley World, the unlucky group runs into one hilarious setback after another. The movie stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, and Dana Barron. Several sequels are also available to watch on Hulu, including the holiday staple "Christmas Vacation."

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    History has proven that worldwide diseases are inevitable.

    There was the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed at least 50 million people, or one-third of the world's population at the time. The 20th century also saw outbreaks of Ebola and Nipah virus. And in the 2000s, SARS and MERS hit nearly 30 countries each.

    Now, COVID-19, the disease that can result from the coronavirus pandemic, is spreading across the globe. While it has a lower fatality rate than the last four aforementioned diseases above, it has spread to many more countries and has infected thousands more people.

    But some people have seen such a pandemic coming. Bill Gates has been warning of a pandemic for years, as have notable disease and flu experts. Former White House officials have also previously warned of an upcoming pandemic threat.

    Pop culture, too, has seemingly predicted the novel coronavirus. Online conspiracies are circulating over books and movies that have alluded to a worldwide pandemic.

    Some of these predictions are pure speculation. But the ones by experts are more accurate and all say the same thing: That the world isn't prepared for it.

    SEE ALSO: 'We're not worried about it:' Photos show the coronavirus pandemic isn't stopping spring breakers from crowding beaches and partying on booze cruises

    DON'T MISS: The US' broken healthcare system is why the coronavirus is set to explode in America

    Bill Gates has been warning of a pandemic for years.

    In a 2015 TED talk, Gates said the world was "not ready for the next epidemic."

    And in a 2018 discussion about epidemics hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine, Gates said a pandemic could happen within the next decade.

    He presented a simulation by the Institute for Disease Modeling which found that a new flu like the one that killed 50 million people in the 1918 pandemic would now most likely kill 30 million people within six months.

    The likelihood that such a disease will appear continues to rise in our interconnected world, he said, whether it happens naturally or is created as a weaponized disease.

    "In the case of biological threats, that sense of urgency is lacking," he said. "The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war."



    Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm has also been warning of a global pandemic for the past decade.

    According to CNN, Osterholm wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine in 2005 that, "This is a critical point in our history. Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose." 

    He also said that the US isn't properly prepared for a pandemic in his 2017 book, "Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs."



    Virologist and flu expert Robert G. Webster predicted an upcoming flu pandemic in a book he published in December.

    In "Flu Hunter: Unlocking the secrets of a virus,"Webster questioned whether another deadly, disruptive pandemic is possible. "The answer is yes: it is not only possible, it is just a matter of time," he wrote.

    Millions of people could die before such a pandemic is controlled or modified, he added.

    "Nature will eventually again challenge mankind with an equivalent of the 1918 influenza virus," he wrote. "We need to be prepared."



    The US Intelligence Team has warned about the possibility of a pandemic in recent years.

    In 2018, the intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment warned that a "novel strain of a virulent microbe that is easily transmissible between humans continues to be a major threat,"according to CNN's Daniel Dale

    And the 2019 threat assessment from last January stated that, "We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support."



    Jeremy Konyndyk, former director of USAID's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance under the Obama administration, has said a virus similar to the 1918 flu pandemic will emerge.

    Konyndyk wrote in a 2017 Politico article that "a major new global health crisis is a question of when, not if."

    "At some point a highly fatal, highly contagious virus will emerge — like the 1918 'Spanish flu' pandemic, which infected one third of the world's population and killed between 50 and 100 million people," he wrote, adding that President Trump is unprepared for such a pandemic.

    While research on the new coronavirus is still in its infancy, and the world looks nothing like it did in 1918, the stats surrounding it "have started to ring alarm bells,"wrote Business Insider's Morgan McFall-Johnsen and Holly Secon.

    "COVID-19 has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we've been worried about," Bill Gates wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine.



    Dr. Luciana Borio of the former White House National Security Council (NSC) team responsible for pandemics has previously warned of a pandemic flu threat.

    According to CNN's Dale, Borio, the council's director of medical and biodefense preparedness, said in 2018: "The threat of pandemic flu is the number one health security concern. Are we ready to respond? I fear the answer is no."

    John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser at the time, later disbanded the team while reorganizing the NSC.



    More than a decade ago, Massachusetts public health officials projected that millions could become ill from a novel respiratory disease.

    In a 2006 Flu Pandemic Preparedness Plan, these public health officials projected that as many as 2 million people could become ill, according to local outlet 10Boston.

    They predicted that up to 1 million people in the state would need to be treated on an outpatient basis and that 80,000 would need hospital treatment, based on models developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Because the hospital system would be overwhelmed by patients infected with the disease, up to 20,000 could die, according to their projections.

    They put a preparedness plan in place by having hospitals negotiate agreements to host "alternative care sites" in similarly large facilities, like high schools.



    Online conspiracies have also been circulating, such as whether author Dean Koontz predicted the pandemic in a 1981 novel.

    According to the Guardian, Koontz's "The Eyes of Darkness" referred to a virus called "Wuhan-400"— the city in China where the novel coronavirus originated.

    But Harmeet Kaur for CNN has bunked this conspiracy theory, pointing out the differences between the real coronavirus and Wuhan-400 — in the book, the virus was made by a scientist as a biological weapon and had a 100% mortality rate. Both of those things aren't true of the real coronavirus.



    Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne was also said to have predicted a global pandemic similar to the coronavirus.

    In her 2008 book, "End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World," she wrote: "In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments."

    But scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford pointed out that while COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia, it's not a "severe pneumonia-like illness."

    Browne also wrote that the illness will have "suddenly vanished as quickly as it arrived," which Radford said isn't currently true.

    Browne, who has since passed away, made several predictions later proven false, according to Jacob Stolworthy for The Independent.



    Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z Burns's film "Contagion" also seemingly predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

    Released in 2011, the movie is about a fictional illness called MEV-1, which becomes a global pandemic after a bat spread it to a pig who spread it to a person who didn't wash his hands before shaking hands with another person.

    The fictional virus has a 72-hour incubation period and high fatality rate, according to The Sun.



    There's also speculation that Nostradamus, the famous 16th century physician, astrologer, and seer, predicted a "plague" similar to what has been seen with the coronavirus.

    In 1555, Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, published "Les Prophéties," a collection of nearly 1,000 prophetic and poetic quatrains (four-line rhyming verses).

    One of them reads: 

    "From the vain enterprise honour and undue complaint,
    Boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves,
    Not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood,
    And diverse plagues will be upon mankind."

    The Tiber is a river in Italy said to symbolize the country and its history, according to Andrew Whalen for Newsweek.

    Another quatrain reads:

    'The sloping park, great calamity,
    Through the Lands of the West and Lombardy
    The fire in the ship, plague and captivity;
    Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading."

    One Twitter user speculated that "plague" and "captivity" refer to the coronavirus and lockdown, according to Express. The last line, he said, refers to the beginning of January 23 and 24 in 2020. Wuhan was placed under strict quarantine on January 23. "Lands of the west and Lombardy," he added, refer to Europe, Australasia, America, and Italy (Lombardy).

    But this is all pure speculation. While some people avidly believe Nostradamus has correctly predicted events in the past, others say his alleged prediction of the coronavirus is a false claim.

    "The straight fact is that nobody has ever used Nostradamus' writings to predict a future event in specific terms which later came true,"renowned skeptic Brian Dunning said in his podcast.




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    • Studios have released movies early to digital platforms as theaters across the US close due to the coronavirus, and some are already popular on premium video-on-demand services.
    • But analysts question whether a PVOD boom is likely once theaters reopen.
    • Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said the last two years at the box office show how the theatrical window is still working.
    • Research firm Lightshed Partners said in a recent report that the "bar for PVOD keeps moving higher" considering movies on these services usually run for $20 each, and consumers can watch a movie on Netflix at no additional cost. 
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    With theaters across the US closed due to the coronavirus, studios are dropping movies that were new to theaters on digital platforms for $20 a pop.

    Some are already rising up the charts on video-on-demand services like iTunes and Fandango Now. But audiences shouldn't treat this as the new normal, but rather as a short-term solution to the current public-health crisis.

    "Obviously movie-theater windows are sacred and we're living in a different world right now," the Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergaradedian told Business Insider. "The short-window dynamic is only a function of the current situation."

    Universal Pictures is the only movie studio so far with plans to fully break the traditional theatrical window, as it's releasing "Trolls World Tour" on digital platforms on April 10, the same day it was intended to hit theaters.

    But additionally it released three of its recent theatrical releases — "The Invisible Man,""The Hunt," and "Emma"— on video on demand early, and other studios have followed.

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    Sony's "Bloodshot," Warner Bros.' "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)," and Disney/Pixar's "Onward" are just a few examples, and they're already popular on premium digital platforms.

    But analysts say that the future of movie theaters is intact, especially for major releases that generate huge sums of money at the box office. As technology and media research firm Lightshed Partners pointed out in a recent report, nine movies earned more than $1 billion at the global box office in 2019. For studios to replace that through premium video-on-demand services, tens of millions of units would have to be sold. 

    "You quickly realize just how big the PVOD transactions need to be for the math to work for a studio," the report said. 

    The 2019 global box office hit a record $42.5 billion and the domestic box office was shy of breaking 2018's record year with $11.4 billion. The last two years at the box office show that the "theatrical window is working" and the popularity of new movies on digital now just goes to show that "people love movies," Dergarabedian said.

    In fact, 2020 was off to a healthy start at the domestic box office with $1.7 billion in the first two months of the year, according to Comscore, buoyed by hits like "Bad Boys for Life,""Sonic the Hedgehog," and "The Invisible Man." This year was never going to reach the heights of the last two at the box office, but it still had potential to be a strong year with the likes of "Wonder Woman 1984,""Fast and Furious 9," and more. 

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    "The measures being taken right now are because of the unforeseen circumstances," Dergarabedian said. "And consumers have an appetite for new content. We are literally stuck at home."

    Studios likely feel similarly. A person with direct knowledge of Sony's digital-release strategy for "Bloodshot" told Business Insider that it was only due to the current circumstances because audiences aren't able to see the movie in theaters. Once theaters reopen, it will be "business as usual," the person said. 

    In another report, Lightshed credited Universal with dropping "Trolls World Tour" day-and-date with its planned theatrical release, as it's a low-risk experiment that could pay off with families stuck at home. But the firm continued to question how PVOD could perform once theaters reopen.

    "It feels like the bar for PVOD keeps moving higher, given the incremental cost of $20/transaction, particularly when there is a new movie on Netflix every single week at no additional cost," the report said. 

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    • Movie theaters across the US are closing due to coronavirus, and some have been forced to close by shelter-in-place orders for all non-essential businesses. 
    • In response, studios are released many movies early to video-on-demand, where they can be rented on platforms including iTunes and Amazon.
    • Now, 14 movies including "Birds of Prey,""Bloodshot," and "The Invisible Man," are available to rent just weeks after they were first released in theaters.
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    Movie theaters across the US are closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, so studios are breaking tradition to release movies during the theatrical window, where they can be rented by viewers at home.

    Regal and AMC, two of the largest theater chains, both announced closures on March 17 lasting at least six weeks.

    The US has become the third hardest-hit country by COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, after China and Italy. As of March 25, it has more than 55,000 confirmed cases and 802 deaths.

    Now, 14 movies including "Birds of Prey,""Bloodshot," and "The Invisible Man," are available to rent just weeks after they were first released in theaters. Here's how to watch. 

    SEE ALSO: How to make group FaceTime calls with up to 32 people while social distancing due to coronavirus

    Amazon Video is one of the platforms where movies are available to rent.



    To rent a film, search for it in the search box on top.



    "The Hunt" went to video on demand on March 20.



    The film isn't available to purchase yet, but it can be rented for $20, which more than a typical rental.



    iTunes, available on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple devices, is another platform to rent movies.



    Search for the movie you want to watch. I chose "Emma."



    Click on the film, and you'll be taken to a page with a description and the option to rent. On older movies, there might be options to rent or buy, but this film is new and only has a rental option for now.



    Select rent and you'll be prompted to log in to iTunes to pay for the rental.



    Movies Anywhere is another service to find movies on. Note that Movies Anywhere is only for purchasing movies, not renting.



    On the service, you can see movies from Amazon, iTunes, and other platforms synced with your account.



    Add and sync platforms to keep all your movies accessible in one place.



    "Birds of Prey" is only available to buy, not rent, and is available on Movies Anywhere.



    Keep track of all the movies with early video on demand releases here.

    See the full list of movies here.




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    • The Beijing Film Bureau ordered all of China's movie theaters to close again without explanation after hundreds had already reopened, according to multiple Hollywood trade publications.
    • China's 70,000 theaters closed in January because of the coronavirus.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    More than 600 theaters throughout China had recently reopened after a two-month shutdown, but they are about to go dark again.

    Beijing's Film Bureau abruptly ordered theaters to close on Friday without explanation, according to multiple outlets including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Deadline. It suggests concern about a second wave of coronavirus cases. Along with the theaters that had already reopened, Shanghai had previously announced on Thursday that it would reopen 205 of its theaters this weekend.

    China's 70,000 theaters closed in January because of the coronavirus that has since become a pandemic and killed more than 25,000 people worldwide

    Theaters closed on the weekend of the Chinese New Year, which is typically the region's biggest moviegoing time. The Chinese box office was down by nearly $2 billion in the first two months of the year compared to the same time period last year. 

    Most theaters throughout the US have also closed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, as Hollywood studios delay movie releases. The next major release for now is "Wonder Woman 1984," which Warner Bros. pushed back from June to August.

    With theaters closed, studios have released movies that were recently in theaters on premium video-on-demand services early, from Sony's "Bloodshot" to Universal's "The Invisible Man." But while these new releases have been popular on iTunes and Fandango Now, analysts see this as a short-term solution to an unprecedented situation.

    Movie-theater owners in the US are optimistic that the $2 trillion stimulus bill will help their industry as it feels the impact of the coronavirus.

    "With this aid, movie theaters can get through this crisis confident in being able to re-open, knowing their vital, trained workforce is able to weather this pandemic and have jobs waiting for them when it is safe to reopen," The National Association of Theater Owners said in a statement.

    SEE ALSO: Some furloughed Alamo Drafthouse employees are upset with how the company is treating them and say the chain's actions undercut its stated values like 'doing the right thing'

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    • Family movie nights offer a great way to bring the gang together and enjoy a special evening at home.
    • Once you have your setup in place, family movie nights are a fun, budget-friendly activity.
    • With a compact digital projector, some snacks, and comfy seating, you can enjoy a big screen experience at home without the need to reorganize the room.
    • If you're considering which streaming services offer the best movies for your family's viewing preferences, you can try out Disney Plus, Hulu, and Netflix through their free trial periods.

    Who said you have to go out and spend money to have a great evening the family will long remember and frequently want to recreate? A family movie night is a budget-friendly, easy, and enjoyable way to spend time together.

    The key to a successful movie night at home is making it special. When you have great snacks, sweet treats, comfy seats and blankets, and of course, something great on the screen, that's a recipe for meaningful shared time as parents, kids, and siblings.

    Whether your family is diehard Disney, is a "How to Train Your Dragon" kind of group, or more of a "Spenser Confidential," picking the best movie for a family movie night is important. But just as important is how you set up the evening. There should be a dedicated start time and a specific way you arrange your viewing space, whether that's beanbag seats on the floor for the kids or everyone gathered on a large sectional. Comfy blankets are pretty much mandatory. And of course, you need special snacks and treats.

    You also need to have realistic expectations. If you have younger kids, like I do, movie "night" is always at least two or sometimes three nights — you can't expect a younger child to have the stamina to watch a feature-length film in one sitting. You also can't expect older kids not to occasionally glance at their phones.

    What you can do is create the potential for a great family movie night with some of the suggestions we've gathered below, and then sit back and relax and enjoy the show.

    Here are 12 things to make a great movie night at home with your family"

    A movie theater popcorn experience at home

    No trip to the theater is quite complete without popcorn — the same goes for home movie enjoyment. For theater-style popcorn at home, this plug-in popcorn maker is hard to beat. It can make up to 6 quarts of popcorn in a matter of minutes, and the clear plastic cover that contains your snack during the popping flips over to create the perfect serving bowl. At well under $30, this is an affordable appliance that will make the evening memorable. There are less expensive options out there, as well as pricier, larger popcorn makers, but this one sits near the sweet spot of value and quality.

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    Your kids will never know these candies are super low in sugar

    The movie experience should be all about sweets, but it doesn't mean you have to pump your kids (or yourself) full of sugar, especially with bedtime looming after the show. SmartSweets makes candy with just 3 grams of sugar per 1.8-ounce bag. For reference, a comparable serving of full-sugar gummy bears has an average of 22 grams of sugar. And yes, these candies do taste good. SmartSweets also offers Sour Patch Kids-like candy, a take on Swedish Fish, and more.

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    Cookies that pack in some protein and fiber without a glut of sugar

    Keeping with the low-sugar, high-flavor vibe, these cookies include an impressive 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber per bag, so they're another sweet treat you can let anyone in the family eat with minimal concern. Sure, you could also cut up some fresh fruit and veggies, and you probably should so…so do that also.

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    A place to flop down for movie night or for naptime

    If you're looking to get a new piece of furniture to make movie night extra cozy, consider one that's so comfortable you can sit or even sleep on it. CouchBed's unique hybrid furniture can be used as a soft memory foam mattress or a low couch perfect for settling in during your viewing. Because the seating is low to the ground, a CouchBed is perfect for families with small kids, and when folded flat, the mattress makes an inviting spot for guests, or for anyone too tired to make it up the stairs to bed.

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    A pillow that adds to the decor by day and is a perfect seat for the kids at night

    Kids and adults alike can plunk down on this large floor pillow, enjoying a comfortable seat right there on the ground. The pillow is soft and plush but thick enough to where it compresses down into a supportive seat but will always rebound to its full, plump shape. And thanks to the stylish pattern on the soft polyester exterior, the pillow looks great in any room when it's not being sat upon during a screening of "The Mandalorian."

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    A floppy seat that's perfect for the playroom, a kid's room, and movie time

    Kids from the elementary school years well into their teens will love flopping down into this bean bag chair, which holds the form of a small armchair while being soft and plush enough to let little bodies sink in and settle down. The chair is lightweight enough to be moved around with ease, even carried up and down the stairs for easy creation of your movie night tableau and later restoration of your kid's bedroom.

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    This TV delivers movie-theater proportions at a price that's right for your home

    Big TVs are almost shockingly cheap these days. This 70-inch behemoth costs less than $500, a price one would have jumped at for a model half the size just 10 years back. It offers ultra HD 4K resolution, and thanks to its Roku software, it's easily compatible with Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, and many other streaming services. And if the $479.99 price tag is a bit high or 70 inches of TV is more than you need, consider Hisense's 40-inch 4K TV which is only $199.99 or another budget option.

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    A projector that can make any wall into a movie screen

    This projector can be connected directly to your smartphone or tablet or to a DVD or Blu-Ray player and converts any flat wall into a movie screen. Depending on how far back the projector can be set, you can create a projection as large as 14 feet from corner to corner. (You need a space that's pretty dark for high resolution at that distance.) For a different kind of fun, try hooking the projector up to a gaming console for big screen, immersive gaming.

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    Little speakers that deliver big on sound

    You don't need to install a thousand-dollar-plus surround sound speaker system to enjoy great audio with your movies. This pair of compact speakers offers rich, deep bass, clear highs, and acoustic accuracy that will have you hearing every little detail. They take up minimal space, and when not being used to elevate movie night, the speakers can crank out tunes streaming on Spotify or Prime Music.

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    A great throw blanket keeps you warm even when you're watching 'Frozen'

    A great throw blanket makes movie night so much more pleasant, whether used for actual warmth or to warm up the heart as moms and dads snuggle their kids or each other. The Chunky Knit Throw Blanket — from one of Insider Reviews' favorite bedding startups— is made from 100% organic cotton and is so soft and warm you'll never want to leave the couch. And it will look great draped there when you finally do. At the other end of the price spectrum is the also very soft and cuddly Wicked Plush Throw from L.L.Bean. This polyester microfiber blanket is perfect for use by or around small kids because it can be machine washed.

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    Matching family pajamas make movie night an event

    Yes, when parents and kids wear matching pj's, it's pretty corny. But it's also pretty awesome. There are few better ways to immediately establish a feeling of a shared experience than by all wearing the same outfit, and when you're in for the night, that outfit should be pajamas. These pj's from Primary cost $28 for a top and the same for a bottom for adults, while most of their kids' pj's cost half that. And bonus, when the movie ends? You're all already dressed for bed. 

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    A compact heater to warm up a chilly basement movie room

    If your family's movie nook is in the basement like mine is, then movie night can be a chilly affair, even in the warmer months. That's why we often have a space heater running during the show. This one is compact, affordable, yet highly effective. It can be set to three different levels of heat output, and as it weighs just 4 pounds, it's no big deal to move it downstairs for movie night then back up to wherever you need a bit of heat.

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    • Bong Joon-Ho's screenplay for "Parasite" is virtually flawless. 
    • But what makes "Parasite" so shocking is the twist that happens all in a 10-minute sequence. 
    • Parasite doesn't follow a typical three-act structure, because it is actually two movies combined into one.
    • Bong Joon-Ho uses imagery like windows and stairs to establish themes early in the movie that occur later in the film. 
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    Following is a transcript of the video.

    Narrator: Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" is a virtually perfect film on every level. On the surface, its technical execution is so precise and immaculate that it's hard to notice the film's greatest achievement hiding underneath: the screenplay. For Bong, who has written every single film in his career, "Parasite" is essentially a culmination of everything he's learned over the years. But in its more than two hours of runtime, there is a single moment that truly exemplifies his genius, a sequence that transforms "Parasite" into cinematic perfection.

    [doorbell rings]

    Like all great stories, "Parasite" has a beginning, a middle, and an end, yet it never quite follows the usual three-act structure we're familiar with. Instead, the film plays a lot like two separate movies that are joined into one. The first film deals with the two families: the impoverished Kims, who plan to infiltrate the wealthy Parks by each posing as a tutor, a driver, and a housekeeper.

    But it creates an odd moment in the story about 50 minutes in, after the Kims have removed all of the existing employees to essentially take over the house. Suddenly, there's no conflict left to carry the film, and the story comes to a literal stop. But it's the sequence that bridges the end of the first film to the unexpected second where Bong stages his attack. Let's take a look.

    Bong begins the sequence by visually establishing the Kims' false sense of success, having dedicated an entire previous sequence to show the Kims reaping the rewards of their scheme. But he does it most effectively with a simple parallel image using a window, a motif of luxury that was introduced earlier in the film. The Kims, who had previously been subjected to the views of ordinary life outside their basement apartment, discover privacy as a form of luxury.

    Yet, despite all of this, their success is only downplayed by their dialogue, which emphasizes just how far they are from it.

    Bong keeps the dialogue engaging by faking out three moments of tension that gradually build over time. These moments are known as beats in a dialogue. Each beat organically interrupts and changes the flow and the topic of conversation. Until it seemingly explodes on the third beat.

    [glass shatters]

    [both laughing]

    [doorbell rings]

    It's no coincidence that this doorbell marks the exact midpoint of the screenplay, appearing on page 71 out of a 141-page script. It's a sound that signifies the end of the first film and what Bong refers to as "the real start of the film."

    It's a brilliantly foreboding moment after a series of peaceful sequences. The audience is aware that something is about to go wrong, they just aren't sure what it is.

    This is probably the best moment to talk about the films that inspired "Parasite." Bong has mentioned several, and the most obvious is Kim Ki-young's 1960 film "The Housemaid," which features a similar story about a poor maid infiltrating the rich. But thematically, its most interesting inspiration comes from Akira Kurosawa's 1963 film "High and Low," one of the first films that used height as a visual representation of class, with the rich towering above and the poor living underneath. "Parasite" expands upon this idea through another visual motif introduced earlier: stairs. On second viewing, it's incredible to see how vertical the film is right from its opening image. Whenever a character climbs a flight of stairs, it's a visual symbol of the rise in the social class, while the walk down suggests the opposite. Just like the window, it's this very sequence where Bong starts to take advantage of all the visual concepts he set up earlier, and it's the reason why we feel so uneasy in a moment like this.

    The film that most heavily inspired "Parasite" is probably Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." The two films share a surprising number of similarities. Both mainly feature a house that almost becomes a character itself, the architecture guiding the film and sometimes hiding the truth in plain sight on another level. And, most importantly, the game-changing twist midway was also done most popularly by Hitchcock in "Psycho," who killed his main character exactly halfway through the film.

    What makes the twist in "Parasite" so great is that it's as predictable as it is impossible to see coming. The basement in question is featured only twice in the film for less than a minute before its actual role is revealed. But it's a twist that doesn't feel out of question, as we've seen it happen already, just through the eyes of another family.

    The truth finally reveals itself. And Bong expertly reveals the twist strictly from the Kims' perspective through a handheld camera. As the lighting, camera, tempo, and even the genre of the film changes, what awaits at the end of the tunnel is an entirely different film. All in 10 minutes of a sequence.

    What makes "Parasite" so perfect is that it understands the rules and power of storytelling. Everything on screen has a specific purpose and a meaning that transforms the story as it unpacks. And it's ironic that, as brilliant as Bong's plan for the story is, the genius of "Parasite" lies in the 10-minute sequence where an entire plan is demolished on sight.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published in February 2020.

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    Bob Iger

    • Bob Iger stepped down as Disney CEO in February and transitioned into a new role as executive chairman to focus on the company's "creative endeavors," with former Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek replacing him as CEO.
    • But Iger has "effectively returned to running the company" in recent weeks amid the coronavirus crisis, according to The New York Times' media columnist Ben Smith.
    • Iger wrote in an emailed response to Smith: "A crisis of this magnitude, and its impact on Disney, would necessarily result in my actively helping Bob [Chapek] and the company contend with it, particularly since I ran the company for 15 years!"
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    Bob Iger abruptly stepped down from his role of Disney CEO in February, with former Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek stepping in. But Iger remains a powerful voice at the company.

    Iger transitioned into a new role at Disney as executive chairman to focus on the company's "creative endeavors" after exiting as CEO. But he has "effectively returned to running the company" in recent weeks amid the coronavirus crisis and has "smoothly reasserted control,"according to The New York Times' media columnist Ben Smith.

    In response to Smith, Iger wrote in an email: "A crisis of this magnitude, and its impact on Disney, would necessarily result in my actively helping Bob [Chapek] and the company contend with it, particularly since I ran the company for 15 years!"

    Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

    Smith also wrote that Iger had "told associates" about potential permanent changes to the business, including "ending expensive old-school television practices like advertising upfronts and producing pilots for programs that may never air."

    Disney is the most exposed major media company during the coronavirus pandemic due to its revenue from parks, movies, and advertising, according to a recent report from Wall Street firm UBS. Disney has pushed back most of its 2020 theatrical releases and closed its parks. Disney World in Florida will furlough 43,000 employees starting April 19, the workers' union said on Saturday.

    The streaming service Disney Plus, which launched in November, is seemingly the one aspect of the company benefiting from the current situation. Disney announced last week that the service had already gained 50 million subscribers. TV analytics company EDO surveyed 6,809 people in the US last month and found that Disney Plus and Hulu, which is also operated by Disney, were the top streaming services respondents said they had signed up for since the coronavirus outbreak began.

    But Disney Plus will also face challenges.

    Production on its Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "WandaVision," which are slated to debut this month, are on hold. Disney has not announced whether they will be postponed, but all of its Marvel movies have been pushed back. Disney Plus may need more flagship original TV shows other than "The Mandalorian" to compete against rivals like Netflix long-term.

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    • The Chinese ticket service Maoyan and the China Film Association found that 72% of respondents to a new survey were "eager to return to cinemas after the reopen," up from 54% who said the same thing in February.
    • 59% of respondents identified strict health precautions as a factor that would go into their decision to return to theaters, though.
    • China's movie theaters have been closed since late January and the region's box office was down by nearly $2 billion in the first two months of the year.
    • More than 500 of China's theaters had reopened last month, but were quickly ordered to close again by China's Film Bureau.
    • Most theaters in the US are also closed. The analytics company EDO surveyed more than 6,000 people in the US last month and found that 45% of respondents said they were "highly likely" to see a movie at a theater once they reopened.
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    China's 70,000 movie theaters have largely been closed since late January because of coronavirus concerns and audiences in the region are ready to return, according to a new survey conducted by the Chinese ticket service Maoyan and the China Film Association. 

    72% of those who responded said they were "eager to return to cinemas after they reopen," an increase from 54% of respondents who answered the same for the last survey in February.

    However, 59% of respondents identified strict health precautions as a factor that would go into their decision to return to theaters. 58% labeled ticket price discounts and 40% said they would take into account the quality of the movies released.

    It still suggests good news for China's film business, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Theaters closed during the weekend of the Chinese New Year, which is typically the country's busiest moviegoing time. The Chinese box office, which is the second biggest in the world behind the US, was down by nearly $2 billion in the first two months of the year compared to the same time period last year.

    There was a glimmer of hope last month when more than 500 of China's theaters had reopened, suggesting coronavirus fears were starting to dissipate. But the local Film Bureau quickly ordered all theaters to close again without any explanation, multiple outlets reported in late March, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, suggesting concerns over a second coronavirus wave.

    Theaters in the US have mostly gone dark, too, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, the box office has come to a halt and studios have delayed big-screen releases. They've also released movies that were recently in theaters to digital platforms early. The most drastic step taken has been Universal's decision to release "Trolls World Tour" on premium video-on-demand services day-and-date with its planned theatrical release over the weekend.

    Analytics company EDO surveyed 6,809 people in the US last month and found that 45% of respondents said they were "highly likely" to see a movie at a theater once they reopened and nearly 30% said they were "somewhat likely." Just under 20% said they were unsure. 

    This bodes well for movie theaters, but the survey suggested it won't be an immediate rebound. About 45% of those surveyed said that they would wait "a few weeks" after theaters reopened to go to one and just over 10% said they would wait "several months."

    But the change in attitude among Chinese moviegoers could reflect the same for those in the US over time. More people in China are now ready to return to theaters than they were a month ago. As time passes and coronavirus concerns ease in the US, more people than there were at the time of EDO's initial survey may say they are ready to see a movie in theaters and would be willing to return earlier than expected after they reopen. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Trolls World Tour'— the first major studio movie to smash a theatrical tradition — tops iTunes, but doesn't signal doom for movie theaters

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    The '80s brought us mullets, crimped looks, and heavy hairspray. The bigger the better.

    Prepare to relive the rise of Calvin Klein jeans by Brooke Shields, Pac-Man, the Walkman, Jane Fonda's workout videos, and, of course, the hairstyles.

    We've compiled some of the most memorable looks of the decade. Rewind back to the '80s and see how the stars wore their locks.

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    Sarah Jessica Parker wears her long locks straightened now.

    She's best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City."



    Back in 1985, she showed off her very curly crop in "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

    She starred alongside Lee Montgomery, Shannen Doherty, and Helen Hunt.



    These days, Cyndi Lauper's hair is short and wavy.

    In a commencement speech at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Lauper told graduates to "Make your bad luck your good luck."



    During the '80s, it flowed like a lion's mane.

    Lauper won best new artist at the Grammys in 1985.



    Rob Lowe's hair isn't particularly notable now.

    He starred on "Parks and Recreation" from 2010 to 2015.



    But before he was on "Parks and Recreation," he was rocking a mullet.

    Lowe was spotted walking around Los Angeles in 1985 sporting sunglasses and a perfectly coiffed mullet.



    Madonna has had many hairstyles over the years, but has stuck with loose blonde waves in recent years.

    She's won seven Grammys and sold over 300 million records.



    In 1987, she chopped off her hair and performed with a short 'do during her "Who's That Girl" tour.

    Her first tour was two years prior in 1985.



    Jon Bon Jovi keeps his hair short in this decade.

    In addition to his music, he runs a charity restaurant called JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey.



    But back in the day, he waved his shaggy 'do around on stage back.

    He posed with electric guitar creator Les Paul in 1988.



    English pop singer Boy George has a colorful collection of hats now.

    His band, Culture Club, was responsible for hits such as "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me."



    Back in the '80s, though, he rocked a rainbow frock of colorful braids and crimped long hair.

    He visited his wax double at Madame Tussauds in June 1984.



    Janet Jackson wears her hair straight as a pin today.

    She is the youngest of the Jackson family's 10 kids.



    During the release of her 1986 album, "Control," she had serious curls on display.

    Her song "Nasty"won two awards at the 1987 American Music Awards.



    George Clooney's closely cropped grey hair suits him.

    The longtime bachelor married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in 2014.



    There's no replacing his voluminous curls on "Facts of Life."

    He starred on "The Facts of Life" from 1985 to 1987.



    Julia Roberts rarely wears her hair curly these days.

    Her recent movies have included "Ben Is Back" and "Wonder."



    But her famous locks made her a household name in "Mystic Pizza" and later in "Pretty Woman."

    She won a Golden Globe for her iconic role in "Pretty Woman."



    Nicole Kidman sometimes shows off subtle waves.

    Kidman attended the annual ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles in 2019.



    Back in the '80s and early '90s, she was known for her curly mane.

    1983 was a big year for Kidman. She starred in "Bush Christmas,""BMX Bandits,""Skin Deep," and "Chase Through the Night."



    Glenn Close wears her hair in tousled waves.

    Close has been nominated for seven Oscars.



    At the Tony Awards in 1984, Close wore it in tight curls.

    Close won the Tony for best actress in a play for "Annie in The Real Thing."



    John Stamos reprised his "Full House" role in the "Fuller House" reboot in 2016.

    Stamos played Jesse Katsopolis, one of the show's main characters.



    Back in the '80s, hair-obsessed Uncle Jesse had a slick mullet.

    Stamos appeared on "Full House"from 1987 to 1995.



    Cher has been the reigning Goddess of Pop since the 1960s.

    Cher rose fame as one half of Sonny and Cher, and became known for frequently reinventing herself and her music.



    Many will recall Cher's hair-raising look at the 1986 Oscars.

    She won best actress at the 1988 Oscars for "Moonstruck."



    Ozzy Osbourne's hair is around shoulder length these days.

    His recent projects include voiceover work in "Gnomeo & Juliet" and "Sherlock Gnomes."



    It was much wilder in 1985.

    In 1985, he joined Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi at a Live Aid concert.



    Kylie Minogue wears her hair in sleek tresses to award shows.

    Her song "Come Into My World"won a Grammy in 2004.



    Back in her soap opera days, she styled her hair for maximum volume.

    Minogue starred in the Australian soap opera "Neighbors" from 1986 to 1988, making her an international star.



    Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the movie version of the hit musical "Hairspray" in 2007.

    She also joined the Marvel universe as Janet Van Dyne in "Ant-Man and the Wasp."



    Back in the '80s, she used a lot of hairspray when she was "Married to the Mob."

    Pfeiffer starred in "Married to the Mob" alongside Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, and Dean Stockwell.



    Jane Fonda embraced her grey hair at the 2020 Academy Awards.

    Hair colorist Jack Martin helped Fonda go grey.



    In the '80s, when her hair was longer and wavy, she took a risk releasing workout videos, which became a surprise success.

    She also appeared in classic '80s movies like "9 to 5."



    Linda Hamilton is best known for starring in the "Terminator" movie series.

    She reprised her role of Sarah Connor in "Terminator: Dark Fate" in 2019.



    Her hair in the first "Terminator" was also memorable.

    The first "Terminator" movie came out in 1984.





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    • If you're looking for a great movie to watch at home, there are a number of online services you can rent streaming films from.
    • Popular digital movie retailers include Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and FandangoNow.
    • These platforms offer a mix of recent releases and classic films to choose from.
    • Some studios are even releasing brand-new movies for early streaming in the comfort of your home. 
    • You can download many of these apps right now on a variety of devices, and completing a rental is as simple as a few clicks.

    Remember when renting a movie meant going to a store? Times have changed awfully quick for the movie industry. With video rental chains a relic of the past, online streaming has become the new standard for renting movies to watch at home. 

    With multiple services to choose from — including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, and FandangoNow— it's never been easier to find a film worth renting on a smart TV, media player, or mobile device. These platforms all allow you to browse through a large catalog of digital films, enabling you to pay for rentals individually rather than as part of a subscription.

    And, since most theaters are now closed as a result of preventive measures being taken to help stop the spread of coronavirus, several studios are even renting brand-new movies to stream from the comfort of your living room. 

    Sitting on the couch and picking up your remote control is your trip to the video store today. While I will always hold onto my ever-growing collection of Blu-rays, I have to admit that the convenience of digitally renting a movie for a few bucks instead of blind buying one at full price is handy. I've saved a small fortune through $5.99 rentals with a simple click of my thumb. 

    To help make your next movie night at home more enjoyable, we've broken down some of the basics of renting streaming films from a variety of services. So, put a bag of popcorn in your microwave and pick up your controller or tablet — there are a lot of great movies out there waiting to be discovered. 

    What services can I rent streaming movies from?

    While popular subscription streaming services, like Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu, offer film fans a nice catalog of movies to choose from, not everything is available necessarily when you want to watch it. The titles available on subscription platforms are typically limited to certain studios, and newer movies usually take several months to be added.

    This is where a digital movie retailer comes in. Instead of offering a select library of films as part of a subscription, platforms like Vudu, Google Play Movies, Apple TV, and FandangoNow all offer a comprehensive assortment of movies that you can rent individually. Amazon Prime Video, meanwhile, actually offers individual rentals in addition to its subscription library for Prime members.

    Once you've created an account with any of the above services and added your payment details, renting a title is as simple as a few clicks. In most cases you can simply browse through the platform's website or download the service's app on a variety of smart TVs, mobile devices, and streaming players. After finding the title you want, you simply click on the movie and complete the instructions to confirm the rental. 

    How much do streaming movies cost to rent?

    Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, FandangoNow, and Google Play all let you rent movies for as little as $2.99, though most newer releases top out at $7.99 depending on the resolution you choose. You get 30 days to start watching a title once you rent it, and after you press play you have 48 hours before your rental expires.

    If you want to keep a digital movie, you usually also have an option to buy a title so you can stream it whenever you want. Digital movie purchases typically range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 depending on how new a film is. 4K Ultra HD versions of movies are also usually more expensive than HD or SD versions. 

    It should be noted, however, that digital purchases aren't quite as permanent as buying a disc copy of a movie. When you make a digital movie purchase, you're essentially buying the license to keep streaming that title from the service you've selected. But, if that service somehow goes out of business or it loses the rights to the title you bought, it's possible that you'll lose access to your digital copy. 

    Can I rent brand-new movies still playing in theaters?

    When states began issuing stay-at-home orders as a result of the current health crisis, movie theater chains across the country began closing their doors in the interest of public safety. Several studios have now adjusted to the current situation and are allowing people to rent or buy brand-new streaming movies that would otherwise still be playing in theaters.

    Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, FandangoNow, and Google Play all offer these "in-theater" titles. Depending on the studio, however, some titles might only be available to rent, while others are only currently available to buy.

    Universal and Lionsgate, for instance, are allowing viewers to rent their newest movies, with prices as high as $19.99 per title. This may seem pricey if you're planning to watch Universal's "The Invisible Man" on your own, but if you're a parent with a passel of kids who would have otherwise spent a small fortune to see "Trolls: World Tour" in a theater — this is a steal. The only drawback is you don't get to own the movie for that price, you merely rent it. 

    On the other hand, studios like Paramount, Sony, and Warner Brothers, are only allowing people to buy their newest streaming movies, with prices as high as $24.99. In many cases, however, rental options are also being rolled out a few weeks after movies are initially offered for purchase. 

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    Some notable early-release and "in-theater movies" currently available to rent through Vudu include:

    With so many brand-new movies and classic titles available to rent, picking a platform to use really comes down to choosing the service that works best on the devices you own. Below, we've broken down some key details for all of the major digital movie retailers to help you choose which one is right for you.

    Apple TV

    Apple currently offers a large selection of movies to rent through its Apple TV app on a variety of connected devices. With that said, the Apple TV app lacks the ability to actually complete transactions on many smart TVs. This means that you'll have to complete your rental on an iPhone or web browser before you can watch it through most smart TV apps. The Apple TV app is also not currently supported by Android TV or Chromecast devices. 

    On the plus side, the Apple TV app is a strong performer when it comes to general video and audio quality. When Apple upgraded its streaming devices to 4K, it made a big splash by upgrading streaming movie libraries to 4K automatically. This means that any SD or HD digital films you purchase via iTunes get upgraded to 4K at no extra cost (if a 4K version is available). They also wrestled the price point down so competitors like Vudu and FandangoNow have had no choice but to lower their prices as well.

    Even now, Apple offers one of the largest 4K rental selections, giving you the best overall AV experience for your dollar. As a bonus, the Apple TV app is also home to Apple's new Apple TV Plus streaming service. You have to pay a subscription fee of $4.99 per month to unlock the Apple TV Plus content, but it's a nice option to have in addition to the service's library of streaming rentals. 

    • Device support: Apple TV, iOS mobile devices, computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Sony
    • Video resolution: up to 4K
    • HDR support:HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • Audio format: Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos


    Vudu

    Vudu maintains a massive inventory of titles to rent at various price points. Unlike Apple, however, Vudu does occasionally charge more for 4K quality versions of its titles. It should also be noted that while Vudu is readily available on many platforms, it's one of the few notable apps missing from Amazon Fire TV devices. 

    Where Vudu has a feather in its cap, however, is with its "Free With Ads" selection. This collection of titles rotates practically every week, and though there are ads, breaks are rarely lengthy or too intrusive. So, if you're trying to entertain on a budget and don't feel like paying for a rental — this is one of the best options available.

    • Device support: Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Tivo, iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio
    • Video resolution: up to 4K
    • HDR support:HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • Audio format: Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos

    Browse the Vudu rental selection



    FandangoNow

    Like all of the digital rental stores on our list, FandandgoNow offers a large selection of movies to choose from. The platform is also available on most connected devices, with the only major holdout currently being the Apple TV.

    The service has been in the 4K streaming game a long time now and they do an impressive job bringing high quality picture and audio to homes. FandangoNow is also the only streaming service currently offering support for the IMAX Enhanced format. This tech offers specially optimized HDR picture and DTS sound on supported Sony TVs. If you have a Dolby Vision compatible TV or a Dolby Atmos audio setup, however, you'll likely want to opt for Vudu or Apple TV since FandangoNow does not currently support those formats. 

    • Device support: Chromecast, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Tivo, iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and Hisense
    • Video resolution: up to 4K
    • HDR support:HDR10 (IMAX Enhanced on Sony TVs)
    • Audio format: Dolby Digital, DTS (IMAX Enhanced on Sony TVs)

    Browse the FandangoNow rental selection

     



    Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video does a lot of things right, and it provides an impressive list of digital rentals. If you're a Prime member you also gain the added benefit of a massive number of movies and shows as part of your subscription. On top of that — similar to Vudu — Amazon Prime offers a small selection of "Free With Ads" titles sponsored by IMDB.

    Prime Video is also one of the only digital retailers currently offering support for the HDR10+ format. Similar to Dolby Vision, HDR10+ offers enhanced colors and contrast on compatible TVs. With that said, the platform's Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support is sorely lacking as there are very few titles that offer those features. 

    On that note, my main problem with Prime Video is its inconsistent viewing experience. Even with a wired connection, 4K HDR10 or HDR10+ viewing options aren't always available and it's not even always clear whether a title is supposed to include those features or not. You often have to hunt specifically for the 4K UHD version of the movie or show.  

    • Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Tivo, PlayStation, Xbox, iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and Hisense
    • Video resolution: up to 4K
    • HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
    • Audio format: Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos

    Browse the Amazon Prime Video rental selection



    Google Play Movies

    When it comes to movie selection, Google is basically on par with the other services on our list. The Google Play Movies app is also available on a good number of connected devices, but official app support is missing from the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. You can, however, still watch movies purchased through Google Play via the YouTube app on Fire TV

    While I like what Google is trying to do, the app for my Samsung and LG TV is clunky at best. It's not always clear which titles are in 4K and/or what if any HDR support is available. The interface for my phone is terrific, however, easily allowing me to find what titles I have in my digital library and what titles offer 4K, as well as navigate new rentals and purchase options, shop deals, and browse what new "in-theater" titles are available. 

    In other words, I want that phone app interface on my big screen. For now, though, Google's smart TV app is a bit lacking compared to the competition. The service also lacks Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, which might be an issue for those who want the best video and audio performance. 

    • Device support: Chromecast, Android TV, Roku, iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio
    • Video resolution: up to 4K
    • HDR support:HDR10, HDR10+
    • Audio format: Dolby Digital

    Browse the Google Play rental selection




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    • Tom Cruise is partnering with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX to film the first narrative action movie in outer space.
    • Cruise plans to shoot the film on the International Space Station and be transported using a SpaceX rocket.
    • SpaceX intends to launch its first manned mission to the International Space Station May 27.
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    Tom Cruise wants to take action movies to an extreme new level by filming his next blockbuster about 250 miles above Earth.

    His hope: SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will take him there.

    NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed Tuesday that the agency will work with Cruise to shoot a film aboard the International Space Station. The news was first reported by Deadline.

    The as-yet notional mission is a three-fold collaboration between SpaceX (a private company), NASA (a government agency), and Tom Cruise (a celebrity) to make the first narrative feature film outside Earth.

    Bridenstine emphasized the film as a way to "inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA's ambitious plans a reality."

    NASA will grant private citizen access to the International Space Station's facilities, however, NASA will require a fee to allow an independent astronaut aboard the station.

    Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX's involvement with the mission "Should be a lot of fun!"

     

    Russia is the only country with the ability to transport people to and from the station.

    But SpaceX has been making efforts to send private citizens to space. To that end, the company plans to launch its first crewed mission to the International Space Station on May 27.

    Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will ride inside SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule, which will fly to orbit atop a 23-story Falcon 9 rocket. The company has spent the past eight years developing and testing the seven-person, cone-shaped vehicle with funding from NASA.

    The new ship is part of the larger Commercial Crew Program, which the US government created in 2010 to resurrect NASA's ability to launch people into space. The agency had to turn exclusively to Russia for crewed launches after flying the last space shuttle mission in July 2011. (Boeing is another partner with a new ship, though it has seen numerous setbacks in testing and is not expected to fly its first crew until 2021 at the earliest.)

    SpaceX is also working with NASA to develop a larger, more efficient, and dramatically less expensive launch system called Starship, which both partners hope will help return astronauts to the surface of the moon. But that system is still in early development.

    The partnership to film Cruise's action movie is still in its infancy, as no studio has officially accepted to film the movie as of yet.

    This story has been updated.

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    • This week's most popular movies on Netflix include its original thriller "Dangerous Lies" and "Den of Thieves."
    • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the service in February.
    • Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular movies on Netflix every Friday.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    The Netflix action movie "Extraction" is pacing to be the streaming giant's biggest movie premiere ever, but it was dethroned this week as the service's most popular movie. Another Netflix original, "Dangerous Lies," stole the crown.

    Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a title).

    Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

    This week's list also includes "Den of Thieves," another movie starring Gerard Butler after his "Angel Has Fallen" enjoyed a few weeks on the list.

    But the real winner this week is Netflix itself, as five of the seven movies on the list are Netflix originals. 

    Below are Netflix's 7 most popular movies of the week in the US:

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    7. "The Willoughbys" (2020 — Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "Four siblings with horribly selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a perfectly imperfect family of their own."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

    What critics said: "Though the film-makers are indebted to Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket — and pay musical homage to Mark Mothersbaugh's work on The Royal Tenenbaums — they find their own voice, when it counts."— London Evening Standard



    6. "Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story" (2020 — Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

    What critics said: "A moving reflection of what criminal justice reform means in personal terms."— New York Times



    5. "Arctic Dogs" (2019)

    Netflix description: "When he stumbles upon evil Otto Von Walrus's scheme to melt the Arctic, ambitious delivery fox Swifty assembles a ragtag crew to protect the planet."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 13%

    What critics said: "There's really not much to recommend about this film: the animation lacks texture, the score is overwrought, the plotting is scattershot, and the character design is uninspired."— AV Club



    4. "Den of Thieves" (2018)

    Netflix description: "A highly skilled crew of bank robbers plotting a heist at the supposedly impenetrable Federal Reserve faces off against an elite unit of L.A. cops."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 41%

    What critics said: "It often resembles a men's rights bonding weekend more than it does a movie."— Guardian



    3. "Extraction" (2020 — Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "A hardened mercenary's mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

    What critics said: "Illustrates an important principle in escapist entertainment: you don't have to one-up your predecessors. Sometimes, it's enough to replicate what made them successful."— Newsday



    2. "All Day and a Night" (2020 — Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "While serving life in prison, a young man looks back at the people, the circumstances and the system that set him on the path toward his crime."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 56%

    What critics said: "'All Day and a Night' lingers and sometimes meanders in that gray zone, where the story can accrue texture and feeling and emerge as more than the sum of its plot mechanics."— Los Angeles Times



    1. "Dangerous Lies" (2020 — Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "A broke caregiver unexpectedly inherits her patient's estate, but dark secrets swirl around her newfound wealth, tangling her in deceit and danger."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 39%

    What critics said: "Looks like it cost the amount of your monthly Netflix subscription and is as satisfying to watch as it is paying that particular bill."— Globe and Mail




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    The 2011 pandemic movie "Contagion"surged in popularity amid the coronavirus outbreak on digital platforms and piracy websites earlier this year. Now it's available on HBO. 

    Audiences can stream the movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, on HBO's standalone streaming service HBO Now, which costs $14.99 per month, or on HBO Go, which is free for those who already have an HBO cable subscription. 

    "Contagion" had cracked the top 10 on iTunes by March and was the most popular movie on FandangoNow that wasn't a new release. And according to piracy analytics company MUSO, the movie sparked interest on piracy streaming websites in the early days of the outbreak, increasing from 546 visits to piracy streaming sites on January 7 to a whopping 30,418 visits on January 30.

    The movie's producer,  Michael Shamberg, told Insider's Jason Guerrasio that the movie sparked positive word-of-mouth when it was originally released, but he's shocked at the response nearly a decade later. 

    "I don't think in the history of cinema anything has happened like this before," he said. "We should not forget that we need cinema both to entertain us, take our minds off of stuff, but also it is the most powerful medium for informing people."

    That said, the movie's writer, Scott Burns, told The New York Times in March that he received messages asking for advice on the coronavirus pandemic and was "alarmed when people choose to ask a screenwriter for advice, rather than a doctor."

    Not all of the movie's science is plausible, but experts have said that the depiction of the way the movie's virus moves to humans from animal encounters is a likely scenario.

    "Contact with bats (or contact with intermediate animal hosts that acquired infection from bats) is a common theme among some recent emerging human infections," the Centers for Disease Control told PBS NewsHour in 2011.

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    4K Ultra High Definition is about as close to life-like as your TV set can get you these days. 

    With a considerably higher resolution than 1080p video, the nearly 4,000 horizontal-pixel display provides a noticeably clearer image than the former HD go-to. With 4K's unmatched clarity, watching Netflix shows exploring everything from the tiny bugs in your backyard to dragons and the edges of outer space feels particularly special and immersive.

    Lucky for subscribers, quite a few titles in the streamer's content library are available to view in the stunning format. 

    Here's how to watch shows and movies in 4K on Netflix.

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    How to watch Netflix in 4K on your computer or TV 

    When trying to stream your favorite Netflix originals, as well as its revolving door of movies and TV, the most critical step is having the right equipment. 

    If you're watching from a TV set, you'll need to make sure it's a 60Hz display that has Ultra HD streaming compatibility. You'll also need a fast and reliable internet connection speed of 25 megabits per second or higher and a monthly subscription for Netflix's "Premium" plan, which costs $15.99 per month. 

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    Those watching on a computer will need a 60Hz computer monitor and a browser capable of streaming 4K. While Apple users on an iMac Pro (2017), Mac Pro (2019), and 2018 or later 15-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro when watching on Pro Display XDR have the right screen requirements, the available browsers — such as Safari and Chrome — can only stream as high as 1080p. 

    PC users with a Windows 10 operating system, however, are capable of streaming 4K either through the Microsoft Edge browser or Microsoft's Netflix app. In addition to the display requirements, you'll need to have the same internet speed and subscription plan as you would for the TV. 

    Once you've verified that you're 4K ready, your next Netflix binge is only a few clicks away. Just log in to your Netflix premium account, then type in "4K" or "UltraHD" in the Netflix search bar to see a list of titles you can watch in the format.

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    You can also check to see if individual titles have the "4K Ultra HD" icon underneath the series logo and to the right of the release date and season count, if applicable. Finally, you click play on the title, set the streaming quality to "Auto" or "High," and begin watching. 

     

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    • This week's most popular movies on Netflix include the Michelle Obama documentary "Becoming."
    • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the service in February.
    • Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular movies on Netflix every Friday.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    "Becoming," the documentary following former First Lady Michelle Obama's book tour, landed on Netflix recently and it's quickly become one of the streaming giant's biggest titles. 

    Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a title).

    Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

    "Extraction" continues to rank among Netflix's top movies after the streamer said it would be its biggest movie premiere ever, though it's slipped down the list this week. 

    There are also some critically panned movies on this week's list, including one with a rare 0% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Below are Netflix's 7 most popular movies of the week in the US:

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    7. "Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics" (2020, Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "Explore hallucinogenic highs and lows as celebrities share funny, mind-blowing tales via animations, reenactments and more in this documentary."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 47%

    What critics said: "Like listening to someone recount a dream, these anecdotes primarily give the impression that you had to be there (and in that state of mind) to get it."— AV Club



    6. "Extraction" (2020, Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "A hardened mercenary's mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

    What critics said: "Much like such similarly styled, high-octane Netflix efforts as 6 Underground and Spenser Confidential, it feels a bit like slumming for its movie star leading man."— Hollywood Reporter



    5. "House at the End of the Street" (2012)

    Description: "Moving to a new town proves even more stressful for a teenager when she learns that the house next door was the site of a double murder."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 14%

    What critics said: "There are one or two clever plot twists that are subsequently followed up by a cavalcade of ridiculous, credibility-stretching ones."— The Wrap



    4. "Becoming" (2020, Netflix original)

    Netflix description: "Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with 'Becoming.'"

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92%

    What critics said: "Even in cavernous, darkened arenas, Obama is a natural storyteller - candid and witty, punctuating anecdotes with perfect pause-for-applause comic timing."— Entertainment Weekly



    3. "Den of Thieves" (2018)

    Netflix description: "A highly skilled crew of bank robbers plotting a heist at the supposedly impenetrable Federal Reserve faces off against an elite unit of L.A. cops."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 41%

    What critics said: "Lethal Weapon meets Heat meets an unintentional Tropic Thunder-style parody in a straight-faced cop movie that begins with fabulous verve and energy before descending into giggle-inducing macho clichés."— Times



    2. "John Henry" (2020)

    Description: "A reformed LA gang member upends his peaceful new life when he steps in to protect two young immigrants from his violent former leader."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 0%

    What critics said: "'John Henry' is a lead-footed revenge thriller that lands with all the subtlety of the mighty steel-driving man's sledgehammer."— Los Angeles Times



    1. "Sleepless" (2017)

    Netflix description: "A Las Vegas cop attempts to rob a drug shipment from a casino kingpin, but the heist goes horribly wrong, leading to the kidnapping of his son."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 25%

    What critics said: "The listless, shoddy sort of remake where it feels like all of the characters have already seen the movie they're in, Sleepless reduces one of the best action films of the 21st century into one of the most benign."— Indiewire




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    • With the summer movie season absent this year, we looked back at the biggest movies of every summer at the box office since 2000.
    • Disney had only one movie rule the summer in the 2000s, but the company released seven of the 10 biggest summer movies of the 2010s.
    • The list includes critically acclaimed hits like "The Dark Knight," but also critical duds like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    The summer movie season is home to some of the biggest blockbusters of the year, but this summer will look entirely different. There may not even be a 2020 summer movie season at all. 

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced movie theaters throughout the US to close and movie studios to delay releases, some until next year, like the would-be blockbuster "Fast and Furious 9."

    Some studios are still holding out hope that there will be a belated summer season at cinemas. Warner Bros. still has Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" on the release calendar for July and moved "Wonder Woman 1984" from June to August. Disney moved its "Mulan" remake from March to July. 

    But the odds of any moves coming to theaters this summer are looking slimmer every week, so we looked back at the biggest summer movies of the last two decades based on how much money they made at the US box office (with numbers from Box Office Mojo) and then adjusted for inflation. We counted movies that came out in May through August.

    Superheroes, animated movies, and Disney have ruled most summers in this timeframe, and it shows just how quickly Disney dominated the industry. In the 2000s, Disney had only one movie rule the summer: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in 2006. But in the 2010s, the majority of the summers were topped by a Disney release.

    Below is the highest-grossing movie in the US of every summer since 2000:

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    2000: "Mission: Impossible 2"

    Release date: May 4, 2000

    Adjusted domestic gross: $320.7 million

    Original domestic gross: $215.4 million

    Original worldwide gross: $546.4 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%

    What critics said: "For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated."— Observer



    2001: "Shrek"

    Release date: May 16, 2001

    Adjusted domestic gross: $387.7 million

    Original domestic gross: $267.7 million

    Original worldwide gross: $484.4 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

    What critics said: "With improbable finesse it buffs up some of the oldest tropes of storytelling and then gives them a mischievous tilt, so that we appear to be watching a celebration of a genre and a sneaky subversion of it at the same time."— Independent



    2002: "Spider-Man"

    Release date: May 3, 2002

    Adjusted domestic gross: $575.4 million

    Original domestic gross: $403.7 million

    Original worldwide gross: $821.7 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

    What critics said: "Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures."— New York Daily News



    2003: "Finding Nemo"

    Release date: May 30, 2003

    Adjusted domestic gross: $530.7 million

    Original domestic gross: $380.8 million

    Original worldwide gross: $940.3 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 99%

    What critics said: "Finding Nemo is laced with smart humor and clever gags, and buoyed by another cheery story of mismatched buddies: a pair of fish voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres."— Associated Press



    2004: "Shrek 2"

    Release date: May 19

    Adjusted domestic gross: $598.9 million

    Original domestic gross: $441.2 million

    Original worldwide gross: $919.8 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

    What critics said: "This second edition of DreamWorks's Oscar-winning ogre opus may not match the original for, well, originality, but it honors the prime injunction governing sequels: To thine own characters be true."— Wall Street Journal

     



    2005: "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith"

    Release date: May 19, 2005

    Adjusted domestic gross: $499.2 million

    Original domestic gross: $380.3 million

    Original worldwide gross: $848.7 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 80%

    What critics said: "A grave and vigorous popular entertainment, a picture that regains and sustains the filmic Force [Lucas] dreamed up a long time ago, in a movie industry that seems far, far away."— Time Magazine



    2006: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

    Release date: July 7, 2006

    Adjusted domestic gross: $538.4 million

    Original domestic gross: $423.3 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.07 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 53%

    What critics said: "Lumpen direction, lousy writing and pouting performances aside, the worst thing about Dead Man's Chest is its interminable length."— Guardian



    2007: "Spider-Man 3"

    Release date: May 4, 2007

    Adjusted domestic gross: $416.1 million

    Original domestic gross: $336.5 million

    Original worldwide gross: $890.9 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63%

    What critics said: "At 141 minutes, this supe-opera is seriously overextended, with four distinct subplots and way too much hand-wringing over things like the heroine's singing career."— NPR



    2008: "The Dark Knight"

    Release date: July 18, 2008

    Adjusted domestic gross: $636.9 million

    Original domestic gross: $534.9 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.004 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

    What critics said: "The Dark Knight is a film that's fantastic on the action front, seeds its acrobatics in its own reality, and always feels relevant even when its ideas are drowned out by clatter."— Time Out



    2009: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

    Release date: Jun 24, 2009

    Adjusted domestic gross: $480.6 million

    Original domestic gross: $402.1 million

    Original worldwide gross: $836.3 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 20%

    What critics said: "Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen is beyond bad, it carves out its own category of godawfulness."— Rolling Stone



    2010: "Toy Story 3"

    Release date: June 18, 2010

    Adjusted domestic gross: $488 million

    Original domestic gross: $415 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.07 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

    What critics said: "I seriously doubt there will be a more hilarious and heartfelt blockbuster all summer."— CNN



    2011: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2"

    Release date: July 15, 2011

    Adjusted domestic gross: $434.3 million

    Original domestic gross: $381,011,219

    Original worldwide gross: $1.34 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 96%

    What critics said: "Fiennes and Rickman get the actorly moments they've been building toward for so long, and the film is most fun when it sticks to mechanics: roller coaster rides, battle scenes, close calls."— Newsday



    2012: "The Avengers"

    Release date: May 4, 2012

    Adjusted domestic gross: $696.1 million

    Original domestic gross: $623.4 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.52 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92%

    What critics said: "Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script."— The Atlantic



    2013: "Iron Man 3"

    Release date: May 3, 2013

    Adjusted domestic gross: $450.2 million

    Original domestic gross: $409 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.21 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 79%

    What critics said: "Iron Man 3 has good things in it, enough to please the series' fans -- and yet too many drawbacks to win many converts."— San Francisco Chronicle



    2014: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

    Release date: August 1, 2014

    Adjusted domestic gross: $360.8 million

    Original domestic gross: $333.2 million

    Original worldwide gross: $773.3 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91%

    What critics said: "James Gunn has taken a group of characters that the majority didn't care about two years ago and made them guaranteed fan favourites in a movie that's not only one of the most awesome Marvel movies yet, but also 2014's best."— ComicBookMovie.com



    2015: "Jurassic World"

    Release date: June 12, 2015

    Adjusted domestic gross: $705.6 million

    Original domestic gross: $652.3 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.67 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 71%

    What critics said: "You don't go to the fourth Jurassic Park movie for up-to-date gender politics. You go for the crunchy dino-on-human action, and Jurassic World provides plenty of that."— Slate



    2016: "Finding Dory"

    Release date: June 17, 2016

    Adjusted domestic gross: $519.5 million

    Original domestic gross: $486.3 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.03 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

    What critics said: "Who would have thought one of the deepest films ever made about learning disabilities would star a talking blue fish?"— Salon



    2017: "Wonder Woman"

    Release date: June 2, 2017

    Adjusted domestic gross: $431.5 million

    Original domestic gross: $412.6 million

    Original worldwide gross: $821.8 million

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93%

    What critics said: "The character of Wonder Woman enters the almost exclusively male domain of DC comics movies ... Under this pressure, Jenkins comes through with a work that radiates confidence and sangfroid."— BBC



    2018: "Incredibles 2"

    Release date: June 15, 2018

    Adjusted domestic gross: $621.4 million

    Original domestic gross: $608.6 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.24 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

    What critics said: "The movie is funny, exuberant, inventive. It's even wise."— Financial Times



    2019: "The Lion King"

    Release date: July 19, 2019

    Adjusted domestic gross: $545.2 million

    Original domestic gross: $543.6 million

    Original worldwide gross: $1.66 billion

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 53%

    What critics said: "Watch this Lion King for the technical achievement and musical numbers, and then watch the original to feel satisfied."— Chicago Reader




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    • This week's most popular movies on Netflix include "Public Enemies" and the critically panned "John Henry."
    • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the streaming service in February.
    • Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular movies on Netflix every Friday.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    The low-budget action movie "John Henry" has been lambasted by critics and has a 25% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's still a hit on Netflix (the movie's critic score was at 0% last week, but there isn't a score anymore).

    Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a title).

    Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

    Netflix's hit action movie "Extraction" dropped off the list this week, but its animated movie "The Willoughbys" returned. 

    Below are Netflix's 9 most popular movies of the week in the US:

    SEE ALSO: Apple TV Plus' 'Defending Jacob' is a hit, but data suggests the service's subscriber growth has been sluggish recently

    9. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (2008)

    Description:"A botched rescue strands Alex the lion and his companions in Africa. Sadly, Alex discovers he has little in common with the locals."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 64%

    What critics said: "This much-anticipated sequel is a frankly disappointing piece of opportunism, with a non-plot which shamelessly rips off 'The Lion King.'"— Guardian



    8. "Lockout" (2012)

    Description: "A government agent wrongly accused of a crime gets a shot at freedom if he can engineer a high-risk rescue mission to outer space."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37%

    What critics said: "At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, 'B movie, 1956.'"— New Yorker



    7. "The Willoughbys" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "Four siblings with horribly selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a perfectly imperfect family of their own."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

    What critics said: "Though the film-makers are indebted to Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket — and pay musical homage to Mark Mothersbaugh's work on 'The Royal Tenenbaums' — they find their own voice, when it counts."— London Evening Standard



    6. "Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "Explore hallucinogenic highs and lows as celebrities share funny, mind-blowing tales via animations, reenactments and more in this documentary."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 55%

    What critics said: "Yes, the bargain-basement look is a tacit admission that you really had to be there, but it's still frustrating, and it gets wearying as the film goes on."— The Wrap



    5. "John Henry" (2020)

    Description: "A reformed LA gang member upends his peaceful new life when he steps in to protect two young immigrants from his violent former leader."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A (was 0% last week)

    What critics said: "A thug-life thriller so frequently preposterous that it almost resembles a parody."— New York Times



    4. "Despicable Me" (2010)

    Description: "Villainous Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 81%

    What critics said: "It is a good sturdy family film, and Steve Carrell gives an engaging performance as a supervillain."— i09



    3. "Soul Surfer" (2011)

    Description: "Hawaiian teen Bethany Hamilton bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

    What critics said: "Soul Surfer is a heavy-handed plea for sympathy that doesn't do the real-life story justice."— Metro



    2. "Public Enemies" (2009)

    Description: "In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving, and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

    What critics said: "Questionable production values alone are not enough to sink a movie. Cinema doesn't have to look great if it has something to say. But it's not entirely clear what 'Public Enemies' is trying to say."— Times Literary Supplement



    1. "The Wrong Missy" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "Tim thinks he's invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 33%

    What critics said: "Even with locked-down consumers scraping the bottom of the Netflix content trough, this new addition to the lineup is pretty dreary."— Hollywood Reporter




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    • On May 27, HBO launched a new streaming service named HBO Max— the company's third streaming service, after HBO Go and HBO Now.
    • HBO Max has far more content than prior apps, including "Friends,""The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and the entire Studio Ghibli collection. That's in addition to all of HBO's original programming, from "Game of Thrones" to "The Wire."
    • Existing HBO Go and HBO Now users are automatically converted to HBO Max for the same price they currently pay — unless you use the service on a Roku or Amazon Fire TV device, as neither Roku nor Amazon have worked out deals with HBO.
    • It's a huge oversight given that Roku and Amazon's Fire TV are among the most popular streaming devices, and there's no word on when the service is coming to either.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    On May 27, HBO's streaming apps evolved from HBO Go and HBO Now to a new form: HBO Max.

    If you already pay for HBO, whether through your cable provider or through HBO Now, you're likely getting HBO Max at no extra charge. And that's great news, because HBO Max includes the entire existing HBO digital library, plus a ton of new stuff. 

    What kind of new stuff?

    The entirety of "Friends" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," for instance, and decades of Looney Tunes cartoons, and the entire Studio Ghibli catalog, and an absolutely massive collection of classic films. Also, every "Harry Potter" film, and a swath of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows.

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    It is, frankly, a staggering amount of new films and TV shows that puts HBO's streaming service in direct competition with the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus. 

    There is, however, one pretty major flaw at the moment: HBO Max is inaccessible if you're using a Roku or Amazon Fire TV device, two of the most popular platforms used for streaming. 

    And there's no indication of when either platform will get HBO Max.

    In an emailed statement, Roku representatives acknowledged the inability of Roku and HBO to reach a deal that would allow Roku users to use HBO Max. 

    "As the No. 1 streaming platform in the US we believe that HBO Max would benefit greatly from the scale and content marketing capabilities available with distribution on our platform," the statement says. "Unfortunately we haven't reached agreement yet with HBO Max. While not on our platform today, we look forward to helping HBO Max in the future successfully scale their streaming business."

    An Amazon representative offered a similar statement: "Nearly 5 million HBO streamers currently access their subscription through Amazon's Prime Video Channels. Unfortunately, with the launch of HBO Max, AT&T is choosing to deny these loyal HBO customers access to the expanded catalog. We believe that if you're paying for HBO, you're entitled to the new programming through the method you're already using. That's just good customer service and that's a priority for us."

    HBO reps similarly acknowledged the lack of a deal with Roku and Amazon, and didn't include any information on when the service could end up on the platforms.

    For the time being, anyone paying for HBO's streaming services — whether through cable subscription or directly through HBO Now — can only access HBO Max through phone/tablet apps, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 apps, and a selection of set-top boxes

    SEE ALSO: HBO Max is an expansion of the HBO streaming service you already use, but with a new name

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    • "Uncut Gems," starring Adam Sandler, is a hit on Netflix.
    • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the streaming service in February.
    • Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular movies on Netflix every Friday.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    Last year's "Uncut Gems," which has been praised for a dramatic Adam Sandler performance, landed on Netflix this week and it's one of the streamer's most watched movies. But it's still not the most popular Sandler movie this week. 

    Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a title).

    Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

    The Netflix original comedy, "The Wrong Missy," continued to perform well this week, but another Netflix original rom-com topped the list.

    Below are Netflix's 9 most popular movies of the week in the US:

    SEE ALSO: The 7 top trending streaming TV shows this week, from HBO Max's 'Love Life' to Netflix's 'Control Z'

    9. "Norm of the North: Family Vacation" (2020)

    Description: "Stressed by his duties as king and father, Norm must secretly find his stolen crown while taking his family on a much-needed vacation."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

    What critics said: N/A



    8. "The Willoughbys" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "Four siblings with horribly selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a perfectly imperfect family of their own."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

    What critics said: "The abundance of familiar elements costs it a few points for originality, but the film's blend of dark humor with warm sentiment and its whimsical celebration of the resourcefulness of children make for pleasing entertainment."— Hollywood Reporter



    7. "Public Enemies" (2009)

    Description: "In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving, and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

    What critics said: "It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity."— Time Out



    6. "Soul Surfer" (2011)

    Description: "Hawaiian teen Bethany Hamilton bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

    What critics said: "The film that follows is thin and frothy, though watch out for that final sentimental upsurge. It could drag and lift you against your will."— Guardian



    5. "Despicable Me" (2010)

    Description: "Villainous Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 81%

    What critics said: "Balanced a tad uneasily between action fantasy and redemptive heart-tugger, this frenetic CG animation has an identity crisis as big as its hero's inferiority complex."— Total Film 



    4. "Uncut Gems" (2019)

    Description: "With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hopes of staying afloat and alive."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92%

    What critics said: "What is there to say? Adam Sandler gives the performance of his career in a sea of diamond-encrusted Furbies."— Daily Beast



    3. "The Wrong Missy" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "Tim thinks he's invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37%

    What critics said: "One can't shake the impression that Spade has been handed his unwanted leftovers."— AV Club



    2. "Just Go With It" (2011)

    Description:"When Danny lies to his girlfriend that he's a divorced family man, he recruits his employee and her kids to play his ex-wife and kids."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 19%

    What critics said: "Amidst the wreckage of Just Go With It, Aniston and Sandler have a real chemistry. They should go elsewhere with it."— Entertainment Weekly



    1. "The Lovebirds" (2020, Netflix original)

    Description: "When a couple in the fast lane to splitsville accidentally careens into a murder, they take off on a wild race to find the killer and clear their names."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%

    What critics said: "It is unlikely to be remembered as anything more than a diversionary lark. But it does stand as a testament to the ways in which the right actors can elevate even the most lackluster of material."— Newsday