A Guide to the Movies Streaming Early as Coronavirus Closes Theaters

7:00 AM 4/3/2020

by Sharareh Drury

From 'Birds of Prey' to 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire,' see which films are available to stream, rent or purchase amid theater closures caused by the virus crisis.

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From Emma to Onward, countless films set to release this spring and early summer have been impacted by theaters closing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Distributors and movie studios face a new normal of either postponing releases, like Mulan and Fast and Furious 9, or releasing titles early on streaming and on-demand services for quarantined viewing. 

Disney opted to release Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months ahead of its scheduled release, and will do the same with Onward. Universal Pictures announced releases such as The Hunt, Invisible Man and Trolls World Tour will be available for in-home viewing. 

Below, find out which films are available to stream, rent or purchase. 

  • 'Artemis Fowl'

    The film based on Eoin Colfer's children's books of the same name and directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Judi Dench, Colin Farrell and Josh Gad, was slated for theatrical release May 29. Disney will forgo the theatrical window, opting to debut it on Disney+ on June 12. 

  • 'Bacurau'

    The latest Cannes competition contender from Aquarius director Kleber Mendonca Filho is a violent neo-Western folk tale set in a small Brazilian village.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Bad Boys For Life'

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as a duo of Miami detectives for a third chapter in the series, this time sans Michael Bay.

    Read The Hollywood Reporter's review here

  • 'Birds of Prey'

    Margot Robbie reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan's film about a group of DC Comics women who are forced to fight together.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Bloodshot'

    Vin Diesel stars alongside Guy Pearce as a virtually unstoppable tech-enhanced soldier struggling to access traumatic buried memories in David S. F. Wilson’s superhero origin story.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'The Call of the Wild'

    Harrison Ford and a CGI-generated dog star in the latest screen adaptation of Jack London's classic 1903 adventure novel.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Downhill'

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell play a couple whose marriage is destabilized by a near-disaster in this American spin on Ruben Ostlund's 2014 Swedish film, Force Majeure.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Emma'

    Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) leaves horror behind as the busybody heroine in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, co-starring Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O'Connor and Mia Goth.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Endings, Beginnings'

    In Drake Doremus' latest romantic drama, Shailene Woodley stars as an emotionally adrift young woman torn between Sebastian Stan's frisky bad boy and his bookish buddy, played by Jamie Dornan.

    Read THR's review here. 

  • 'Fantasy Island'

    Blumhouse reboots the 1970s TV show centered on a group of people arriving on a tropical island. Though each person is promised that they will have a fantasy fulfilled, things take a frightening turn. The film stars Lucy Hale, Maggie Q and Michael Peña. 

    Read THR's review here. 

  • 'Frozen 2'

    The sequel to Disney's Oscar-winning box-office smash follows the further adventures of sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel).

    Read THR's review here

  • 'The Gentlemen'

    Guy Ritchie revisits his London gangster-comedy roots with Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam and Colin Farrell among those caught up in the complicated sale of a drug empire.

    Read THR's review here.

  • 'The High Note'

    Set in the world of the L.A. music scene, the comedy follows the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent and ego have reached unbelievable heights, and her overworked personal assistant (Dakota Johnson), whose dreams of becoming a music producer lead to a plan that could change their lives forever.

  • 'The Hunt'

    Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank star in Craig Zobel's controversy-plagued thriller about elites stalking "deplorables."

    Read THR's review here

  • 'I Still Believe'

    K.J. Apa stars as real-life Christian music star Jeremy Camp in this story about love and loss. 

    Read THR's review here.

  • 'The Infiltrators'

    Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra enlist undocumented Americans to join actors in recounting their daring act of protest.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'The Invisible Man'

    Elisabeth Moss headlines a contemporary spin on the eponymous H.G. Wells novel and 1933 sci-fi/horror film.

    Read THR's review here.

  • 'Irresistible'

    Irresistible is the second movie that Jon Stewart — the former host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show — has directed, following 2014’s Rosewater. The comedy tells the story of what happens when a small Wisconsin town transforms into a political circus after a top Democratic strategist (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers and believes he has found the key to winning back America's Heartland. 

  • 'Just Mercy'

    Destin Daniel Cretton offers an Earthbound story of justice starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'King of Staten Island'

    The King of Staten Island stars Pete Davidson in his first lead feature role alongside Marisa Tomei and Steve Buscemi. The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy incorporates elements from Davidson's own life.

  • 'The Lovebirds'

    Lovebirds, which stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was scheduled to open April 3 bu is now flying to Netflix on May 22.

    (Valence Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, also owns MRC, which produced The Lovebirds.)

  • 'Military Wives'

    Military Wives portrays a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments and quickly finding themselves on an international stage.

    Read THR's review here.

  • 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'

    Writer-director Eliza Hittman follows Beach Rats with a transfixing account of a small-town Pennsylvania teenager dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Onward'

    Chris Pratt and Tom Holland voice elf siblings on a magical quest to spend one day with their late father in Pixar's fantasy adventure from Monsters University director Dan Scanlon.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'The Photograph'

    In Stella Meghie’s romantic drama starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, old family photographs spark a complicated romance.

    Read THR's review here. 

  • 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'

    Noémie Merlant and Adele Haenel star as two 18th century women drawn to each other in Céline Sciamma's follow-up to Girlhood.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Resistance'

    Jesse Eisenberg plays Marcel Marceau in Jonathan Jakubowicz's tale of the famed mime's Word War II heroism.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'The Rhythm Section'

    Blake Livey, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown star in Reed Morano's adaptation of Mark Burnell's best-seller about a woman who becomes an assassin to avenge her family's murder.

    Read THR's review here. 

  • Scoob

    Warner Bros.' Scoob is skipping its planned theatrical release and instead launching May 15 on digital rental services. The animated film based on Scooby-Doo character will be available to rent for $19.99 in the U.S. and Canada. It will also be available to buy for $24.99. The film follows childhood crime-solving best friends Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne as well as Shaggy's pet dog, Scooby-Doo.
     
  • 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

    Jeff Fowler directed the live-action kids' pic — starring Jim Carrey and James Marsden — based on the long-running adventures of Sega's lightning-fast game character.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

    Director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio close the book on the core origin story of George Lucas' space saga as the torch of intergalactic control is passed from one generation to the next.

    The Rise of Skywalker is hitting Disney+ two months early on May 4, just in the time for Star Wars Day — the unofficial fan holiday for the sci-fi franchise (aka "May the Fourth be With You"). With the addition, all nine Skywalker films will be available to watch on Disney+. 

    Read THR's review here

  • 'To the Stars'

    Set in 1960's Oklahoma, a farmers daughter forms an intimate friendship with a new girl in town. Tony Hale and Adelaide Clemens star.

    Read THR's review here.

  • 'Trolls World Tour'

    Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake fight to save multiple genres of music in the trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Trolls World Tour. Universal will release the film direct to digital on April 10.

  • 'The Way Back'

    Ben Affleck stars as a troubled high school basketball coach chasing redemption in Gavin O'Connor's drama.

    Read THR's review here

  • 'Zombi Child'

    French director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) tries his hand at horror, or something approaching it, in a new feature that premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

    Read THR's review here