The new normal appears to include a lot of streaming. Movie theaters are off the menu for a while, so some Hollywood studios are releasing movies to stream on the home market months earlier than planned. Typically, it can take up to half a year for a film to land on Netflix and elsewhere after exiting the theater. But without any crowds lining up for theatrical releases, some movies will be streaming the same day as the theatrical release.
The new releases are available from your streaming service of choice, including
, Vudu and
. Here's how to start screening all the movies we know about right now.
Ready to settle down on the sofa and watch a Hollywood flick? Right now, these films are a mixed bag of rentals and purchases. Movies like Trolls World Tour, Emma and The Invisible Man are only available to rent for $20, which is a steep price to pay to watch only once (though arguably, if your family is big enough, it's still cheaper than a night at the theater). Other movies are priced more reasonably -- check out the whole list for details. Here are the movies you can rent right now, and scroll down for movies you can buy.
Trolls World Tour
A sequel to the 2016 original film, Trolls World Tour takes the first movie's Poppy and Branch on an adventure to discover Trolls around the world (and their unique musical roots -- Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock). The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Rachel Bloom. You can rent it now for $20.
The stunning looks-like-the-whole-film-was-shot-as-one-continuous-take World War I drama is not entirely unlike Saving Private Ryan; it follows a pair of soldiers who must cross treacherous territory to save lives during the nadir of the Great War. While it's available to buy (see the next section for details), you can rent it now for an affordable $6. Check out our 1917 review to see if it's worth it.
Based on a true story, I Still Believe dramatizes the life of Christian music singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and wife Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Stars include KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain and Gary Sinise. The rental price is $20.
This take on The Most Dangerous Game has been positioned by writers Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof as a sort of satirical look at the political divide in modern American society, The Hunt is a horror movie starring Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank. The rental price is $20.
The purchase price for these movies range from $10 to $20, but you can watch them as often as you like. Here's the whole rundown:
This isn't the TV series you grew up watching. Refreshed as a horror film, the magical island is killing the guests who have come to have their fantasies fulfilled. It stars Maggie Q, Lucy Hale and Ryan Hansen. You can buy it for $15. Several platforms, including Apple, Vudu and Fandango Now, feature an unrated version with scenes considered "too explicit" for the theatrical PC-13 rating.
This action-adventure comedy is based, of course, on Sega's Sonic video game franchise. Stars include Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as his nemesis, Doctor Robotnik. Buy it for $20 (Fandango Now's 4K version is $25). Disclosure: Sonic is distributed by Paramount, a ViacomCBS studio. CNET is also a division of ViacomCBS.
If you saw Suicide Squad and decided you wanted more Harley Quinn, this film is for you. It's a superhero movie about a cohort of supervillans, directed by Cathy Yan and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Check out our review of Birds of Prey and buy it for $20.
This is the sort of movie that you can imagine Nicolas Cage lamenting, "How am I not in this movie?" Adapted from the graphic novel, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel as a nearly unstoppable, self-regenerating super soldier. Check out our review of Bloodshot, and buy it for $20.
This Guy Ritchie comedy stars Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant in a twisted tale about a drug lord trying to sell his business, and the complications that ensue. Buy it for $15 (or less).
Voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, Onward is the animated adventure of a pair of teenage elves living in a suburban fantasy world who head off on an adventure. Check out our review of Onward, and buy it for $20 -- or watch it on Display Plus, included in the $7 per month subscription price.
You've seen this movie before: A troubled former pro ball player seeks personal and professional redemption by coaching a high school team. But this movie features Ben Affleck along with Al Madrigal and Janina Gavankar -- sign me up. Buy it for $20.
As time goes on, more and more of these fresh releases will be available to buy or rent at the same time. Here are the films we found that offer both options.
It's the Towering Inferno underwater -- Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T. J. Miller and others have to stay alive in a deepwater research facility after an earthquake damages the laboratory. You can rent it for $6 or buy the movie for $15.
This French historical drama about a love affair between an aristocrat and the artist painting her portrait, it's directed by Céline Sciamma and stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. It's available for purchase for $15, to rent as low as $4 or on Hulu with a subscription.