Theaters are still closed, but new streaming movies are coming to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times.
This Fourth of July weekend, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation debuts on Disney+, a Scott Eastwood war movie tackles the Battle of Kamdesh, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve team up for a French family drama, and a documentary chronicles congressman John Lewis‘ fight for Black voting rights in the past and present.
If that’s not enough to get you online and watching movies, Universal’s musical-centric “The Shows Must Go On!” YouTube channel is streaming the Michael Flatley dance show “Celtic Tiger” starting at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT Friday.
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Here’s a rundown of new movies hitting streaming this weekend, for every cinematic taste:
A rapping Alexander Hamilton? A high-stepping Thomas Jefferson? You’ve never seen the Founding Fathers quite like they are in “Hamilton,” a filmed version of the hip-hop-flavored musical phenomenon that features a heap of infectious songs, fantastic characters, an enlightening look at America’s early days, and a nuanced exploration of Hamilton’s legacy. It’s all that and a piece of hardtack.
Where to watch: Disney+
Based on the Jake Tapper book, director Rod Lurie’s military thriller centers on U.S. Army soldiers, stationed in Afghanistan in 2009 at an outpost at the bottom of a steep valley, who have to fight off an attack by hundreds of Taliban fighters. The last half of the movie features the intense, claustrophobic battle, and Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom play key personalities in a film that focuses on the human cost of war, both on the frontlines and at home.
The documentary is a fascinating deep dive into the life of the charismatic Georgia congressman and Alabama native who was inspired by Rosa Parks and marched as a young man with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. He took vicious beatings and was arrested 40 times working to end segregation and fighting for Black people’s right to vote, and continues to get in “necessary trouble” now – his phrase meaning fighting the good fight – working against voter suppression efforts.
This is like an all-star game for international movie lovers. Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda directs Catherine Deneuve, who plays aging French A-lister Fabienne, and Juliette Binoche, co-starring as Fabienne’s screenwriting daughter Lumir. Those two need to work out hard feelings and past resentment with Fabienne’s memoir coming out while she’s also filming a new project with a rising star (Manon Clavel), and Hawke’s along for the ride as Lumir’s American actor husband.
Ex-“Saturday Night Live” castmember Nasim Pedrad headlines this decently amusing raucous/romantic comedy as down-on-her-luck L.A. woman Wesley, who’s navigated a string of bad dates and even worse job interviews when she finally thinks she’s found her dream dude (Robbie Amell). After inadvertently sending him an extremely angry email, Wesley travels to Cabo with her pals (Anna Camp and Sarah Burns) to intercept it before he can see it. Come for the predictable plot, stay for the frisky dolphin.
Where to watch: Netflix
While we’ve all been stuck at home since March, a bunch of famous filmmakers – 17, in fact, from Rachel Morrison (cinematographer on “Black Panther”) to David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”) – have been creating their own shorts, which are compiled in this fun and eclectic Netflix collection. Maggie Gyllenhaal crafts an apocalyptic tale in Vermont starring her husband Peter Sarsgaard, Kristen Stewart shows a descent into locked-down madness, and Ana Lily Amirpour doubles as director and star, bike riding through the empty streets of LA as Cate Blanchett narrates her journey.
Where to watch: Netflix