9 great movies now streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu: December 2019

Almost every day, new movies are offered on any platform for streaming, making the already difficult task of choosing something to watch even more difficult. To simplify the analysis, we looked at the latest additions and selected the top five films currently available to you.

From grungy fantasy to biographical drama to playful action-romping – here’s what you should be streaming.

Warner Bros. Pictures

The plane (2004)

With The Irishman on Netflix, Martin Scorsese fever is in the air (and it sends some Marvel fans into a fit, but that’s another story). If you are familiar with the heavy gangster movies that led the director to his final three and a half hour epic, you should consider one of his wiser dramas. The Aviator plays with Leonardo DiCaprio, Scorser’s longtime associate Howard Hughes, the loner of the show business, obsessed with breaking air speed records and taking the “flying boat” H-4 Hercules to heaven. Scorsese winds his way through Hollywood history to find Hughes at his peak and the crippled obsessive-compulsive disorder that would set him up. With a star cast, it’s the definition of a well-polished character study.

Stream on Hulu

The criteria collection

Downhill racer (1969)

This often overlooked sports drama plays Robert Redford as David Chappellet, a laser-oriented downhill runner who navigates moguls better than social hierarchies. His coach (Gene Hackman) wants him to play well with his team-mates, but David can not shake off his desire for performance, even at the expense of love. Michael Ritchie, known for his broader comedy work like Bad News Bears and Fletch, made his debut with the drama that combines Redford’s Deep Performance with immaculate ski material.

Stream on Hulu

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The headhunter

It’s the live-action Skyrim movie you did not know you needed. The Head Hunter scales the fantasy genre to the level of gnarly psychological horror and follows a warrior seeking revenge on the monster that killed his daughter. The build-up of director Jordan Downey’s indie quest is stern and brutal, and the atmosphere bleeds through the frames. The most important thing you really need to know: “Headhunter” is a literal job description. Our hero hunts heads.

Stream on Shudder


The last black man in San Francisco (2019)

Jimmie fails in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which is based in part on his life, the lead role. The story revolves around the former home of the Fails family, allegedly built by Jimmie’s grandfather. Since his father lost the house, Jimmie is obsessed with returning there. Together with his playwright friend Montgomery (played by a great Jonathan Majors), Jimmie goes in search of getting it back. Joe Talbot’s directorial debut is a stunningly beautiful elegy, from the glowing cinematography of the Bay Area to a triumphant score.

Stream on Amazon

Warner Bros. Pictures

Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington remains one of today’s great actors. Those who later became acquainted with the talents of legend have probably missed Spike Lee’s comprehensive portrait of the civil rights activist, which is characterized by Washington’s concentrated charismatic naturalism. Stamp in just over three hours – just three episodes of a binge watch! You can do it! – Malcolm X follows the events that turned Malcolm Lee into “Malcolm X” in El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Throughout the entire odyssey, Lee uses color and light to create moods that would not convey a straightforward historical adaptation, complementing Washington’s determined performance.

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Wedding history (2019)

Despite his title, Noah Baumbach’s marriage history is about divorce. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play Charlie and Nicole, a couple who are just getting separated. They have not stopped loving each other and there is not a single act of incitement that makes divorce so difficult. As attorneys are attracted and their lives are too easy for an agreement to understand, they struggle to keep their professional and private lives, which were previously so closely linked, under control. Baumbach opposes the easy way to paint one as a villain and one as a hero, which makes the divorce all the bittersweet and rewarding.

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Allied artist pictures

The pawnbroker (1964)

Sidney Lumet built a career to face the truth. With its lights focused on the system, the surface was full of bubbles in films like “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network,” “Serpico,” and “The Verdict.” In light of this, one of his early films, The Pawnbroker, is also one of his most provocative. Addressing the aftermath of the Holocaust like few before, the drama revolves around Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), a survivor who settled in East Harlem but was never able to shake the horrors of genocide or guilt leave the concentration camps intact. The world is a nightmare, and Sol is dealing with clients who need to sell their possessions to be on another day. Until he does not. The bar for the “Tour de Force” was set by Lumet, who pulls off the layers just at the right moment, and Steiger, who unleashes hell when asked to do so.

Stream on Amazon

olive films

Phase IV (1974)

Fans of Ant-Man and other Formicidae films have to go to Phase IV, the only directorial effort by title sequencer Saul Bass. The setup is a journey: An intergalactic anomaly causes the ants of the earth to become overly intelligent and aggressively productive. They build ant hill monoliths in the desert and, when threatened by humanity, they develop a plan for the entire war. Bass does it all with strange pictures and delivers something between them! and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stream on Amazon and Hulu

MGM Home Entertainment

Roadhouse (1989)

Come to the pub brawls for Road House and stay with the fistfights. The simple pleasures of this Patrick Swayze vehicle have gained cult status over the years (how could an action movie from the ’80s, shot by a guy named Rowdy Herrington, not work?), And there’s nothing we could say that could do justice to its curiosities, as the polygon contributor Sean T. Collins’ road-house essay project a day, read this when you’re done.

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