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5 Will Smith Movies Worth Streaming Right Now On Netflix And Beyond

 

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Will Smith, now 50, has been a household name for about 30 years now. But he just had his highest-grossing film ever in 2019 with Aladdin. That Disney remake is coming to Digital on August 27. Before you consider buying his blue genie magic, you can stream several other Will Smith movies right now on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other platforms.

Each week, I like to focus streaming recommendations on what’s available for free through a subscription or free trial, rather than stuff you have to pay extra for. Otherwise you can stream almost anything at any time if you track it down and buy it. Apart from that, we live at the mercy of what Netflix and other services give to and take from subscribers each month. So, ahead of Aladdin‘s Digital release and the new September 2019 titles coming soon, float like a butterfly over to these Will Smith movies available to stream right now.

Ali

Will Smith earned his first of two Oscar nominations (so far) for his portrayal of Cassius Clay Jr./Muhammad Ali in this Michael Mann film covering 10 years of the iconic boxer’s life. The star-studded supporting cast includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Mario Van Peebles, and Smith’s real-life wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The 2.5-hour film earned solid, if not spectacular, reviews and a B+ CinemaScore from polled moviegoers. However, the Christmas Day 2001 release ended up losing money at the box office, making only $87.7 million off a reported production budget of $107 million, per Box Office Mojo. Still, Ali was seen as a huge step forward for Smith’s career as a serious actor in addition to already being famous as a comedic actor and action hero. Ali was also a departure for writer/director/producer Michael Mann, who was better known for crime films like Heat, Manhunter, and Thief.

Stream Ali right now on Showtime, and through Amazon with a 7-day free Showtime trial.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie turned me into a pile of mush when I saw it in 2006. I’m a sucker for this kind of down-and-out-and-desperate movie, and it made me nearly as emotional as cinema classics like Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, father to Christopher Gardner, played by his own son Jaden in his film debut. Smith gives arguably one of his best performances, earning him his second Oscar nomination. The movie — wonky spelling and all — won over fans with an A CinemaScore and an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 8.0 rating on IMDb. Critics were OK with it too, giving it a fresh rating and crediting Smith’s performance for elevating the film above what could’ve been pure melodrama.

Stream The Pursuit Of Happyness right now on Amazon Prime.

Bright 

When Netflix released Bright in 2017, it became the new poster child for the fan vs. critic divide. Critics were sour on director David Ayer’s (Suicide Squad) modern-day fantasy cop drama, giving it a 26% Rotten Tomatoes score and a Metscore of 29 on Metacritic. But the movie has an 84% audience score on RT from more than 19,000 users. It’s a lot lower on IMDb — 6.4 from 150,000 users — so it’s clear opinions are divided. Netflix touted the movie’s streaming figures, saying it had been viewed more times in its first week than any one of its other movies up to that point. (This was before Bird Box and Murder Mystery.) There’s even a Bright 2 sequel in the works. I watched Bright after the reviews came out, so I had low expectations. The movie isn’t great, but I got through it easily enough and I will watch the sequel if/when it arrives. It’s a perfectly fine Netflix movie, and I don’t mean that as an insult. I just mean I’m happy to watch it at home and not have to pay extra for it. Is that an insult? Maybe it is.

Stream Bright right now on Netflix.

I, Robot 

By the time I, Robot came out in 2004, Will Smith had already established himself as an action hero. He brought his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV charisma to the big screen with Bad Boys, Independence Day, and Enemy of the State. Not all of his action movies were successful — lookin’ at you, Wild Wild West — but by 2004 he had already produced sequels for Men in Black and Bad Boys. I, Robot was a slick futuristic sci-fi thriller with just enough thought-provoking content to be a decent meal alongside the action dessert. It came out in July 2004, in keeping with Will Smith’s ownage of that month at the box office, and picked up $347,234,916 worldwide. Smith continued on a dystopian future track in later movies like I Am Legend — one of my favorites from him — and After Earth.

Stream I, Robot right now on HBO Go or Hulu.

Seven Pounds 

This was another polarizing movie for Will Smith. Some critics hated it in a way they later hated his 2016 movie Collateral Beauty. But viewers seemed to appreciated Seven Pounds, giving the 2008 romantic drama a 75% RT audience score, from more than 636,000 user reviews, and a 7.6 IMDb score from 270,000 users. In the movie, Will Smith’s character aims to change the lives of seven people, including Rosario Dawson’s Emily. When the movie came out, Newsweek asked Smith why he took on such a haunting film. Here’s his answer:

Usually with the films that I make there are ideas that I connect to, but lately I’ve been dealing with the bittersweet in life because it feels more natural. You don’t ever get it really the way you want in life. That really fascinates me. As an actor there are certain parts of a character that you create, and you train yourself to have those reactions and then it becomes hard to stop them when the role is over. You have to retrain yourself. My character in this film is like hot grits. You know you can’t shake them off and when you do, it hurts.

Netflix doesn’t have many Will Smith options for viewing at this point — that may change in September 2019, and change again in October 2019, etc. — but Seven Pounds is one of them, so if you haven’t seen the movie and want to know why it earned extreme reactions, give it a stream when you have 2 hours and 3 minutes to spare.

Stream Seven Pounds right now on Netflix.

There are more Will Smith movies to stream for free (with subscriptions) out there, including The Legend of Bagger Vance on Amazon Prime Video and Six Degrees of Separation on Tubi or Vudu. If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:

What movies have you been streaming lately, and through which streaming services?

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The Morning Show: Everything We Know So Far

The Internet practically erupted in July 2017 when news broke that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon would be starring in an upcoming series for Apple TV titled The Morning Show. The project is the actors’ first together since playing sisters on Friends nearly 20 years ago, and it looks good. Like, really good. Details around The Morning Show are scarce at this point, but we have a full trailer and mini-teaser that give away some tea. Here’s everything we know about the series so far.

The release date. Fall 2019, according to the first teaser that Apple TV dropped in August. An exact date isn’t known at this time.

The premise. Per the first official trailer, The Morning Show focuses on how the staff of a popular A.M. news program copes with its lead anchor, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), being fired in the wake of a scandal. At the center of this drama is Kessler’s co-anchor, Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston), who attempts to carry on without him but faces backlash from sexist executives. Reese Witherspoon plays another reporter, Bradley Jackson, who comes into the mix and shakes things up. Watch the trailer for yourself, below:

The cast. Aniston, Witherspoon, and Carell are the leads of the show. Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star. A full cast list can be found here.

Gender dynamics are at the center of this story. “Through the prism of those under-slept, over-adrenalized people in front of and behind the camera, we take an honest look at the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace, and we engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they’re behind closed doors,” Aniston said at a preview event for the show, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Wonder Woman 1984: See The Amazon’s Colorful New Look

The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. Zack Snyder kickstarted the DCEU with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, although the first real critical hit was Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. The movie introduced revealed the backstory of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince, and a sequel was quickly green lit. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to arrive in theaters next summer, and reshoots are underway now. And it looks like the Amazons might be getting a new look in the highly anticipated blockbuster.

Wonder Woman 1984 will jump a few decades into the future, showing Diana Prince as a hero ahead of her eventual appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The title character is sure to have gone through some changes since her first solo movie, and so have her Amazonian sisters. A photo from the set recently arrived online, and showed one of these new looks. Check it out below.

Is it June 2020 yet? This image shows Diana’s Amazonian sister rocking a colorful look that is similar to Wonder Woman’s signature costume. And DC fans should be excited to travel back to Themyscira for the upcoming sequel.

This set photo comes to us from Reddit, and shows actress in full Amazonian garb. The look is super vibrant in color, which will no doubt excite hardcore comic book fans out there. DC comics are obviously full of bright colors, although they don’t always get the same treatment when being adapted onto the big screen. Just look at Zack Snyder’s work in the DCEU, which features the director’s typical muted tones.

The caption for this image seems to hint at the Bana-Mighdal making their debut in Wonder Woman 1984. In the comics, the Bana-Mighdal are a group of Amazons who break away from the rest of their sisters on Themyscira. Led by Diana’s Aunt Antiope (Robin Wright’s character from the first movie), the group left the mystical island to seek revenge on men. They settled in Egypt, and were kept separate from the rest of the Amazons.

Eventually this split was exploited by the villain Circe, and the Bana-Mighdal waged war with the Amazons on the island. Eventually they reintegrated back into Themysciran society, but their conflict is a fascinating aspect of Wonder Woman’s comic book lore.

Whether or not the Bana-Mighdal will be in Wonder Woman 1984 remains to be seen, but it would be a great way to make the Amazons a more featured aspect of the DCEU. While the group of warrior women made appearances in Wonder Woman and Justice League, there’s plenty of room to further flesh out that female-led society.

Of course, Wonder Woman 1984 already has some big concepts at play, to Patty Jenkins could be saving the Bana-Mighdal for a future project. The upcoming sequel will somehow bring back Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first movie. The ’80s setting will allow the franchise to have a more modern feel, as Wonder Woman gets involved in the Cold Water conflict. What’s more, the sequel will introduce Kristen Wiig’s villainous Cheetah.

All will be revealed when Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters June 5, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Blair Witch Game’s New Trailer Looks Like The Movie Sequel We’ll Probably Never See

The recent attempt to reboot the Blair Witch franchise with a new movie wasn’t a rousing success. While the movie was probably still profitable thanks to a microscopic budget, it made less than $50 million globally, but if you thought that meant the franchise was dead, think again.

Blair Witch is coming back as a video game. This morning the game’s story trailer was released, and for those people who are fans of this franchise, it looks like it will likely deliver all the chills and jump scares that you’ve come to expect. Check the trailer out below.

The story for the game appears to be entirely original, but it certainly plays off the mythology created by the films. A boy goes missing in the same woods that have claimed so many throughout the franchise. One man, the character you play as, appears to be obsessed with finding him, even after others seem to have given up hope. Of course, then the woods begin to mess with him as well.

It’s an interesting looking game, if only because, from this, it’s difficult to tell what the actual game is. The game is done in a first-person perspective, which makes sense considering the first person perspective of the films due to the found footage concept. Usually, in games, that means shooting things, and while we see our character holding a gun, he never fires it in the trailer.

In fact, like the Blair Witch movies, a lot of what makes the game look scary is what we don’t see. There are a few moments here and there in the trailer that show us creepy things happening, but for the most part, there’s simply an ominous feeling that something could happen at any moment.

Of course, the other element the trailer provides here is that it’s implied that the player character might not be entirely sane, so everything we see might not even be real.

It also looks like it might very well be the perfect game for fans of the franchise, even if you don’t play games. It’s unclear what the gameplay mechanics even are, it’s possible that Blair Witch the game might be a horror focused “walking simulator,” a game that doesn’t actually have gameplay beyond moving the character between points to continue the story, as such, it would essentially be another Blair Witch movie, just one that moves at your pace.

As somebody who actually enjoyed the recent Blair Witch reboot movie, and liked the original when it came out (though I admit it hasn’t aged well) I have to say I like what I see here. Having said that, horror games are rarely my thing, mostly because, when they work well, I literally dread starting them up because I don’t know what fresh terror awaits.

Maya Hawke’s Debut Music Could Calm Even Stranger Things‘s Mind Flayer

It’s no strange thing that a large percentage of the cast of Stranger Things are talented musicians, as eager to embrace an instrument as they are a trip to the Upside Down. Maya Hawke, who plays Robin Buckley on the show’s third season, is the newest virtuoso and dropped two new singles, “To Love A Boy” and “Stay Open,” on Friday that bring her into bold new territory. Her voice is so calm, so angelic, that it could quell the anger of even the mightiest denizen of the Upside Down.

To be fair, we should have seen this coming. In season 3 of Stranger Things, she sang “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” with Joe Keery‘s Steve Harrington and the hilarious performance hinted at some soothing vocals that could be expressed in new ways in the future. That future arrived in a rural and sensual fashion with her two beautiful new tunes. “To Love A Boy” is soft and bare and moves like the ocean, which she references in the opening lines. Its use of percussion is fleeting, slow, and inviting. Following in a similar aesthetic is “Stay Open,” which is driven by a gentle guitar and the pitter-patter of the top of snare drums, with her weightless voice floating just above the ground. She sings about a gentle, juvenile love, one of being immersed in a person’s being wholeheartedly. Both are strikingly beautiful hymns with heavenly qualities. It’s the kind of music you’ll hear while you’re swaying in a gentle breeze while lounging in a hammock, with large trees covering your face. It’s nap time.

Maya Hawke’s joins the growing number of talented musicians who are exploring different realms like their show counterparts. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler, is the frontman of the alt-rock band Calpurnia. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson, plays in a band called Work In Progress that has collaborated with artists such as Paramore and Kelly Clarkson, and Charlie Heaton, who acts as Jonathan Byers, used to play in the psychedelic band Half Loon.

Listen to Maya Hawke’s debut singles up above.

If You Love the Leopard Midi, You Need This Slip Skirt for Fall 2019

Once a singular fashion item reaches an Instagram-account-dedicated-to-documenting-it level of ubiquity, you can’t help but look around at the emerging trends and wonder: Which one’s next? In 2019, the Amazon Coat dominated over winter, then the leopard midi took over in the springtime and through the summer. As for what “it” will be this fall, our money’s on the latter’s relative, the monochromatic slip skirt, which, according to Pinterest, is already receiving quite a lot of attention online.

In a recent report, Pinterest revealed that interest in “satin skirt street style” has increased by 706% in 2019. The term “silk midi skirt” has also seen a boost (it’s up 302% compared to last year) on the platform in recent months. You know how it goes: If people are pinning it, they’re probably planning on ways to wear it. But you could also just start scrolling through street style and understand that this one item is on its way to Instagram fame.

This could be you this autumn.

Christian Vierig

A satin slip skirt feels luxurious no matter what you style it with: a plain T-shirt, an oversized knit, a matching satin top; sneakers, kitten heels, a combat boot. And you can find one at every budget, whether you’re looking to invest in a nicer designer style or pick up one under $50 to see what all the fuss is about.

Get a head-start on the trend you’ll inevitably start wanting halfway through the season and shop the best slip skirts for fall 2019 right here.

Jason Momoa Says The Snyder Cut Of Justice League Is ‘Sick’

Jason Momoa got his big Aquaman debut in Justice League, following a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’s made the character far more badass and serious than we’d seen before, and Momoa credits Zack Snyder for casting him, helping his career grow in the process. The two recently reunited, and it seems the Game of Thrones alum got to see a the Snyder Cut. What’s more, he says its “ssssiiicccckkkkkk”

The Thanos Moment In Avengers: Infinity War That Convinced Jim Starlin Marvel Got Him Right

It has to be pretty stressful watching a character you created make their debut in a feature film – and a film you have no control over. How will your “baby” be interpreted? Will all of your hard work, your blood and sweat, be tossed out like bathwater in favor of a new director’s vision? Will it all turn out so very wrong?

These were the fears flowing through legendary comic-book writer Jim Starlin’s creative brain as Marvel Studios mounted both Avengers: Infinity War and its conclusion, Avengers: Endgame. The movies were going to be based on a story Starlin wrote in 1991 (The Infinity Gauntlet), and would be the first MCU movie to fully feature Thanos (Josh Brolin) as a significant character.

When we recently had the chance to sit down and interview Jim Starlin as Avengers: Endgame was making its way to DVD and Blu-ray, we asked him the moment that he realized that Thanos worked, and he could stop worrying. He told us:

If you can’t recall, Avengers: Infinity War begins where Thor: Ragnarok ends. Thanos and his Black Order have boarded a ship piloted by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). He’s seeking the Tesseract, and he lays waste to a community of Asgardians. It’s a fantastic introduction for the iconic character.

So Jim Starlin admits that he was able to breathe easy almost immediately, as this opening scene – written by the brilliant Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – eased him mind and made him realize that Marvel Studios was going to do justice to the Mad Titan. Even though the MCU required some major changes to the Infinity Gauntlet story, due to characters the studio does not own (like The Silver Surfer and Mephisto).

But there was another concern lingering in Jim Starlin’s mind as he approached the release of Avengers: Infinity War, and it had to do with the way that DC had tried, and failed, to being their major team to the big screen in Justice League the year prior. As Starlin told us:

Yeah, that’d be cause for alarm. Much like Steppenwolf and Darkseid in the DC universe, Thanos is a complicated character with a rich backstory. We get hints of it in Avengers: Infinity War. But the movie could have used more, as the books lend more layers to the dominant villain.

Want to watch our full interview with Jim Starlin? Then press play on the video down below:

Avengers: Endgame concludes the current run of Thanos in the MCU. Do you think that the Mad Titan will return in another Marvel series? Like, say, Eternals? Anything’s possible, so we’ll see where the future takes us as the MCU continues to grow on screen.

Paul Walker’s Daughter Meadow Shares Throwback Photo Of Her Dad After Hobbs And Shaw Release

Celebrity deaths are always headline news and the biggest fans of any given name never really get over the loss of a performer they loved. Having said that, the death of Paul Walker was something of a unique event. Walker’s death at the age of 40, and at the height of his celebrity, resulted in an outpouring of love that from fans that still hasn’t faded away. Clearly, however, nobody misses Paul Walker more than his family, and Walker’s daughter recently posted an image of him in remembrance.

Meadow Walker, the daughter of Paul, posted the image to her Instagram, which shows her dad swimming, with a pig. It’s a great picture because, it’s more than a little hilarious to see Paul Walker and this pig looking at each other, but it’s also quite heartwarming. You really want to know the story behind where this image came from because it’s probably an excellent tale.

As you would expect, the picture is receiving a lot of love from friends and fans of Paul Walker, who still miss the actor nearly six years after his passing.

Paul Walker died in a car accident in 2013. He was still in the midst of filming Furious 7 at the time, requiring some script alterations and the use of Paul Walker’s brother as a stand-in for Paul. The actor’s face was CGI’d into a final sequence that was used as a farewell for both the character and the man.

Furious 7 would go on to gross over $1 billion. The fact that Paul Walker died so young, and in the middle of a franchise that was only growing in popularity, likely played into the fact that his death seemed to hit a lot of fans harder than you might expect. Walker wasn’t a huge star outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, but the franchise was likely helping him build to becoming even bigger.

The fact that the Fast & Furious franchise is still going strong also helps keep Paul Walker in the minds of the fans. The first franchise spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, is in theaters now, and while it doesn’t contain most of the cast, or even reference them, the fact that the movie is doing well means the fans for the franchise aren’t going anywhere. Fast & Furious 9 is currently filming and will likely be a massive hit when it arrives next year.

Odds are Paul Walker’s character will be a big part of that movie, even though he obviously won’t be there. Jordana Brewster, who’s character has a child with Walker’s, will be back, and that’s certainly not going to happen without some sort of explanation why the character of Brian will be missing.

The Best Retinol Cream I’ve Tried: Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer

I have a confession: As much as I confidently advise all my friends, colleagues, and random strangers to slather their faces in the best retinol creams and serums, I rarely go anywhere near them myself. As someone who takes pride in being glowy, you’d think I’d be be stocking up. The vitamin A derivative has been proven to speed up the turnover rate of your cells, which translates to a smoother, clearer complexion. It’s one of the few ingredients that dermatologists have backed for years, and I’ve seen its effects on others firsthand, but my routine has remained conspicuously retinol-free for years.

The best way to explain my avoidance is that my previously acne-prone self was introduced to retinol through its prescription cousin, Retin-A, also known as tretinoin or retinoic acid. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s strong, much stronger than retinol. After one week of using it, you will realize exactly how much skin can flake off your face per day (a terrifying amount, as it turns out). If your doctor, like mine, instructs you to apply it more frequently than you should, you’re in for one red, inflamed complexion before your acne eventually clears.

One miserable year with Retin-A was enough to put me off anything that sounded remotely similar to the word. In theory, I knew retinol was much gentler—and extensive beauty research had taught me that the way to incorporate it into your beauty routine is gradually, using it a few nonconsecutive days a week and buffering with moisturizer if needed. In practice, I always ended up reaching for something else.

Fate intervened when I had one too many late nights and ate one too many slices of home-baked cake this summer, and my skin had some feelings about it. Aside from breakouts on my cheeks and clogged pores on my nose, my complexion just looked somewhat duller and sadder overall. I did what I always do in this situation and went into the giant cardboard box that doubles as my disorganized beauty closet. And in its depths, the first thing I unearthed just happened to be a gleaming bottle of Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer. It seemed like the right time to welcome it into my life.

Resolving to proceed cautiously this time, I began slowly incorporating it into my routine for a week. “It takes two to four weeks to adjust to retinol,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., confirming everything I learned the hard way. “I typically recommend applying retinol-based products every other night and advancing as tolerated over the next month.”

I followed his instructions, never applying it more frequently than every other night, and sometimes leaving an extra night in between for good measure. The brand says it’s possible to use this nightly, but I decided it wasn’t the right time for me to live on the edge. To be extra safe, I concentrated the moisturizer only on the areas that needed it most—dispensing a single pump of lightweight, silky cream out of the airtight tub. I’d then dab tiny amounts over layers of essence and serum on my nose, mid-cheeks, and chin. I was also careful to avoid the apples of my face, which are prone to mild rosacea and thus don’t really appreciate any disruption of the retinol sort. This process was strictly reserved for nighttime only (as retinol should always be)—and always followed by copious amounts of sunscreen during the day. I paired it with my latest year-round obsession, the Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 Moisturizer from Dermalogica. I kept this up for two weeks, and—wow.