Friday, Fri-YAY! It’s the end to another week and we are looking forward to two days of doing absolutely nothing. We love doing nothing, and there is no better way to do nothing than by popping on some movies and vegging out in front of the screen. So let reading this article be the last bit of effort you exert this weekend. And, to make it even easier, we here at Decider are ready to help you figure out the best movies to watch right now. Whether you use Amazon Video, iTunes, Vudu or your cable’s on demand service, the best movies streaming now will help you answer that question of what to watch this weekend.
There are a ton of great titles you cannot afford to sleep on this weekend, so let’s introduce them to you now. History buffs will enjoy learning while being entertained through films like the biographical drama Tesla, or the titillating documentary Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies. Comedy fans will relish in watching movies like Stage Mother, Care to Laugh and more while horror aficionados can get their fix through flicks like The Pale Door, The Barge People and The Unfamiliar. And if you were waiting to watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau in The Silencing without needing to fully commit, your wait is over because the thriller is now available to rent on demand.
Curious about the best movies to watch right now? Check out the great dramas, documentaries and comedies you can buy or rent this week.
Ethan Hawke plays the ultimate underrated hero in Tesla: the biographical drama about Nikola Tesla, the man who invented alternate-current electric power. The film centers on the brilliant, brooding inventor as he embarks on an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to life, fighting with his greedy rival Thomas Edison (played by Kyle MacLachlan) who works to undercut him at every turn. But as he clashes with the American industrialization and attempts to navigate the maze that is intellectual property, Tesla slowly but surely becomes trapped in his overactive mind, arriving closer and closer to the brink of madness. But as Tesla’s mind drops, his associate Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson) picks it up, ready to tell his story as it unfolds before us on screen. Learn the true story behind the infamous name in Tesla, now available to purchase on demand.
Where to stream Tesla
Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
Documentaries have never been sexier thanks to the new explorative film Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies. Directed by Danny Wolf, this scintillating documentary chronicles the evolution of the naked body on screen from its origins 1887 to what we see today. But Skin is more than just a sojourn of sexy screen time; through interviews from people both in front of and behind the camera — I’m talking Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, Mamie Van Doren, Sylvia Miles, Linda Blair and many more — the film examines the moral, political, sociological and artistic changes that enabled nudity in film, shaped its history, and how it has impacted cinematic culture through the decades. And through its history, we may get a better idea on how something as simple as naked people on screen is helping people fight big issues like gender equality and the #METOO movement. Flesh is no longer skin-deep thanks to Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies.
Where to stream Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story
The Pale Door
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Joker: Put on a Happy Face Note: this film is available to download free on demand!
Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
The Barge People
Care to Laugh
$0.99 iTunes Movie Rental
Right about now we could all use an escape, and what better place could there be to escape to than an island where your wildest dreams could be made a reality? Well, be careful what you wish for, because in Blumhouse’s new Fantasy Island, resort guests are treated like gods as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes their secret dreams come true. But dreams soon turn into nightmares when the fantasies of the guests come at a sinister, deadly price. It is then up to the not-so-lucky guests to solve the mystery of the island before it is too late. Starring Lucy Hale, Ryan Hansen, Michael Peña and more, Fantasy Island may make you think twice about what you really want in life.