Now Stream This: ‘The Guest’, ‘The Death of Stalin’, ‘Don’t Look Now’, ‘Blade’, ‘Scare Me’, and More

Dr. For fans of:   Little Children,   Nymphomaniac, being uncomfortable but fascinated. For fans of:   Innovative true crime. Ruben and Cash carry the entire movie, acting out their individual stories, complete with voices, and it’s incredibly entertaining (Cash is particularly adept at selling the tales she’s spinning). Laura believes it and wants the old woman to contact her dead daughter, but John thinks it’s all nonsense. For fans of:   Halloween,   The Terminator, colored lights. But then he runs into   Fanny (Aya Cash), another writer who actually   has written a bestseller. After their daughter drowns, a couple, Laura and John (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) relocate to Venice. Running Scared
Now Streaming on HBO Max
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Action-Thriller
Director: Wayne Kramer
Cast:   Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri
Paul Walker seemed like a nice guy, but his film and acting choices left a lot to be desired over the years. Wheeler is determined to get to the bottom of things, even if it costs her career. Anyway,   The Death of Stalin comes from   Veep creator   and In the Loop director   Armando Iannucci, and it’s cut from the same acidic, acerbic cloth as those titles – it’s funny as hell but also kind of terrifying, because it’s based on fact. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas) thinks she’s being overly paranoid, but Dr. There are no talking-head interviews. Would-be writer Fred (Ruben) has locked himself away in a cabin with the hopes of writing a novel. For one thing, there’s no narrator. Sure enough, there’s a sinister answer to what’s going on. Once there, Laura encounters two elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be able to communicate with the dead.  

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Thriller
Director:   Curtis Hanson
Cast:   Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore
This trashy little domestic thriller from director   Curtis Hanson (L.A. He said he was good friends with the dead soldier, and the deceased man’s family welcome Stevens’ David into their lives, with the dead man’s sister (Maika Monroe) clearly enamored with David’s very prominent abs. But as skeptical as he might be he’s also haunted by what appears to be a child running all over Venice – a child wearing the same red raincoat his daughter wore. Still, watching it from the safety of your own home via Shudder is a good option to have. Editor   Graeme Clifford plays around with time, cutting in moments that could be real or could be fantasy. Vampires and humans have coexisted for centuries, but half-breed vampire Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) wants to change all that and have vampires rule the world. What starts off as something very funny – when Joseph Stalin is on death’s door, the men who work for him have no idea what the hell to do at first and then start vying for power.  

The Death of Stalin
Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Dark Comey
Director:   Armando Iannucci
Cast:   Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor
For no reason at all – certainly not because of current events, oh no – here’s an extremely dark comedy about a group of government insiders scrambling, lying, and making complete idiots of themselves as they try to deal with the grave illness that has befallen a cruel dictator.  

Shame
Now Streaming on HBO Max
Release Date:   2011
Genre:   Drama
Director:   Steve McQueen
Cast:   Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie
Steve McQueen‘s raw, unflinching drama Shame   features two killer performances from   Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Shanann’s husband,   Christopher Watts, appeared helpful at first, but it became quickly apparent to seemingly everyone – even the Watts’ next door neighbor – that he was hiding something. For fans of:   Judgement Night,   Bad Lieutenant, neon hockey pucks flying at people’s faces. Cold, sterile, and often surprisingly unsettling, this is a little gem that deserves to be rediscovered. Christie and Sutherland’s performances are both grounded to the point where the film feels   real, but at the same time, it’s surreal. Director   Nicolas Roeg captures it all in a dream-like state. Blade spends his days hunting other vampires, using all sorts of cool gadgetry like a blood-craving James Bond.  

Blade
Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date:   1998
Genre: Action-Horror
Director:   Stephen Norrington
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright
A year before   The Matrix there was   Blade, an action movie full of black leather and bullet-time action. Now, Walker’s character and his wife (the always-great Vera Farmiga) have to run all over town trying to find the kid, and the gun, before it’s too late. Shanann was something of a social media aficionado, constantly filming her family, and Popplewell is able to use that footage and splice it against footage taken during the investigation into the disappearance, resulting in something harrowing and heartbreaking. But in one of the film’s more clever approaches, we know right from the start De Mornay is bad news – she’s the wife of an   obstetrician who sexually assaulted Sciorra’s character during an exam. And as the night wears on, Fred’s jealously at Fanny’s talent grows into something dangerous. Confidential)   has   Annabella Sciorra being terrorized by   Rebecca De Mornay in foggy, upper-class Seattle. Fun, violent, and so far removed from the superhero movies of today,   Blade is the type of Marvel movie that we need more of these days. But if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance. Fun, stylish, and seasonably appropriate, this should become a new Halloween staple. And here is where   Scare Me gets really clever. When a power outage strands the pair in Fred’s cabin, Fanny suggests they tell each other scary stories to pass the time. Sciorra has just given birth to a new baby and she needs some help around the house. For fans of:   In the Loop,   Veep, actors not even attempting to use the correct accents. Like I said: it’s trashy. There’s no editorializing. Unlike so many other true crime docs that focus on what happened   after the crime,   American Murder shows us the intimate lives that were cruelly snuffed out. It’s a film so brutal in its honesty that it might be hard for anyone to ever revisit. Unfortunately, the gun ends up being stolen by Oleg (Cameron Bright), a kid who lives next door. Now, she’s out for blood, slowly working to destroy Sciorra’s character so she can take over her life. He’s not entirely sure what the novel will be about – maybe werewolves, or maybe a character from the Bible, who knows? Walker plays a low-level gangster who is tasked with getting rid of a gun used in a homicide. Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista

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

The Guest
Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Action-Horror
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: Dan Stevens,   Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, Lance Reddick
What would happen if you crossed   The Terminator with   Halloween? To be clear: this is not for the faint of heart. Rather than cutting away to show dramatizations of the stories the two characters are telling, horror anthology style, Ruben instead keeps all the action located in the cabin. For fans of:   The Hospital,   Extreme Measures, brief appearances from young   Ed Harris. You might get   The Guest, a nifty blend of action movies and slasher pics. This is definitely worth watching, but I can’t imagine ever having the emotional strength to sit through it more than once. Instead, director Jenny Popplewell has assembled countless hours of footage – police cams, interrogation room footage, and footage shot by the subjects of the story – and pieced it together into a coherent, heartbreaking narrative. Thus the stage is set for a character study that never shies away from unpleasantness, with Fassbender giving a unique, unfiltered performance as his character struggles with the past and present. Scare Me
Now Streaming on Shudder
Release Date: 2020
Genre:   Horror-Comedy
Director: Josh Ruben
Cast:   Aya Cash, Josh Ruben, Rebecca Drysdale, Chris Redd
Josh Ruben‘s   Scare Me is the perfect treat for the Halloween season. – but he firmly believes that if he has the chance he can pound out a bestseller. Dan Stevens (who got very ripped for the role) plays a soldier who shows up on the doorstep of the family of a fallen soldier. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) begins to think something’s up when random patients at her hospital start going into comas during routine procedures. In 2018,   Shanann Watts and her two children went missing, an act that almost immediately triggered alarms in Shanann’s friends. It’s a simple premise, but Kramer milks it for all its worth, throwing one wild set-piece after another in our face (there’s a sequence with a ghoulish couple who want to murder Oleg that has to be seen to be believed).  

Coma
Now Streaming on The Criterion Channel
Release Date:   1978
Genre: Thriller
Director:   Michael Crichton
Cast:   Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Widmark, Rip Torn
Michael Crichton (yes, that   Michael Crichton, the guy who wrote   Jurassic Park) directs this slick medical thriller based on the book by Robin Cook.  

Don’t Look Now
Now Streaming on The Criterion Channel
Release Date:   1973
Genre: Horror
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast:   Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland
If all you really know about Don’t Look Now is that it has a very memorable sex scene, there’s much more waiting for you to discover. There’s nothing graphic or grisly shown on screen here, but the storytelling method, of putting us up close and personal with the victims, and the perpetrator, is disarming to the extreme. For fans of:   The Matrix,   Blade II,   motherfuckers always trying to ice-skate uphill. One notable exception was   Running Scared,   Wayne Kramer‘s ultra-stylish crime thriller full of surreal touches. Wesley Snipes, full of badass bravado and movie star charisma, is Blade, a “daywalker” – a vampire who is able to move about in the sunlight. For fans of:   The Sixth Sense,   The Changling, Donald Sutherland’s glorious mustache & wig combo. I missed this at Sundance this year, and I’m kicking myself for that because I imagine this plays great with an audience. Is John going crazy? Not on Blade’s watch, baby. For fans of:   Fatal Attraction,   Pacific Heights, supporting actor Julianne Moore. But David has a secret,   and things turn out deadly for more than a few characters. Sciorra reported her assault, the obstetrician killed himself, and De Mornay’s character lost her baby in the process. Enter De Mornay, who claims to be a nanny. For fans of:   Creepshow,   Tales from the Crypt, the many voices of Aya Cash. But it’s the sort of solid, trashy studio pic we really don’t get anymore. Is it the dead girl’s ghost? Or maybe both. Mulligan is Sissy, his sister who comes to visit, complicating things. The end result is a horror classic. Her boyfriend, Dr. You know, just like life. Fassbender is   Brandon Sullivan, a New York City executive with a serious sex addiction problem. It descends into something shockingly bleak.  

American Murder: The Family Next Door
Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date:   2020
Genre: Documentary
Director: Jenny Popplewell
American Murder: The Family Next Door is not your typical true crime documentary.