Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got titles from Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Jason Sudeikis, and Alec Baldwin, plus an excellent documentary and what we believe is the greatest of all the Great Bad Movies. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
This muscular Shakespeare adaptation from star and director (in a confident filmmaking debut) Ralph Fiennes takes one of the Bard’s less-performed works and ingeniously transposes it into the modern era, with surprisingly workable parallels to not only our recent Middle Eastern scuffles, but domestic politics and economic protest movements. But those are merely entry points — as usual, the meat and potatoes here are the actors, and Fiennes pulls memorable turns out of a distinguished cast (Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, and a fabulously ice-blooded Vanessa Redgrave) while doing some of his finest work to date in the title role.