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Across the country, major movie theaters have announced their closures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Multiple movie studios have decided several new movies will be available on streaming services instead.
As Hollywood shifts gears to release movies straight to streaming services to reduce the spread of coronavirus, there are plenty of movies available to watch online. Here’s a list of recent movies that are available now on streaming services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. The Lovebirds
Available now on Netflix
The Lovebirds, an action-comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, is a story about a couple navigating their rocky relationship while getting embroiled in crime and a secret organization. The couple learns how to communicate their feelings about their future together and other personal obstacles while figuring out how to make it through in one piece during their wild escapades. Originally scheduled to be released on April 3, the movie was one of the first movies delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was later available on Netflix on May 22.
2. Palm Springs
Available now on Hulu and NEON
Palm Springs is a romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg and Christin Milioti. A black sheep meets an unprepared maid-of-honor at a Palm Springs wedding, and they get into a seemingly uncontrollable adventure trying to escape the venue and each other. Despite being categorized as a romantic comedy, Palm Springs has a unique sci-fi element that may make it entertaining to watch for fans of both sci-fi and rom-coms. Palm Springs premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 26 and was released on Hulu on July 10.
3. The King of Staten Island
Available now on Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, FandangoNOW, and more
The King of Staten Island is a comedy-drama film loosely based on the life of Pete Davidson. The semi-biographical film details how Davidson dealt with his depression and the loss of his firefighter father, who passed away during the September 11 attacks. Released on June 12, The King of Staten Island is available on multiple streaming services.
4. You Should Have Left
Available now on Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Apple TV, and more
You Should Have Left, starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon, is a thriller about a couple who goes on vacation to an isolated modern house with peculiar features. They discover dark energies in a house they are forced to escape. You Should Have Left was released on June 18 on multiple streaming services.
5. Trolls World Tour
Available now on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and more
One of the first movies released early due to the pandemic, Trolls World Tour is a Dreamworks family-friendly movie featuring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. The movie, which has broken streaming records, tells a story about trolls of many types who perform different genres of music despite one troll who believes her music is the best. Trolls World Tour was released in theaters and on streaming services on April 10.
Although major movie theaters are unfortunately being negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, big movie studios are making new releases more accessible to watch online. Leave a comment about which of these movies is your favorite and why!