If you’re itching for something new and exciting to watch from the comfort of home, we’ve got you covered. Many streaming platforms are offering extended free trials or special discounts to allow you inexpensive and easy access to their online libraries of movies and television from around the globe. Stay home. Stay safe, and stay sane with a daily dose of cinema.
Acorn TV: If you’re looking for some TV from overseas, Acorn’s got you covered with a slew of British crime dramas (Midsomer Murders, Vera, Manhunt) and dramedies (Doc Martin, Detectorists, After Henry), Canadian gems (Slings & Arrows, Murdoch Mysteries) and Australians standouts, including the sexy detective series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and its soon-to-debut spinoff movie Miss Fisher & The Crypt Of Tears.
Promo code: FREE30 for a 30-day free trial.
CBA All Access: This network-specific streamer offers shows like Survivor: Winners At War, The Twilight Zone and the new Star Trek series Picard.
Promo Code: GIFT for a month free subscription.
The Criterion Channel: This streaming service beloved by cinephiles offers “access to Criterion’s streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, plus a constantly refreshed selection of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent films from major studios and dozens of independent distributors.” This selection includes François Truffaut’s 400 Blows, David Cronenberg’s The Brood, Luis Buñuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid, and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust.
Promo Code: None needed to get 14-day free trial.
DOX: From Magnolia Pictures, this documentary-focused streaming platform offers an array of acclaimed offerings, including the unusual sports doc Tickled, the disturbing animal rights doc Blackfish, and the awe-inspiring bio-doc Man on Wire.
Promo code: No code is needed for new subscribers to sign up for a 7-day trial. For a limited time, those who sign up for a full year can do so for just $14.99, half off the regular price of $29.99. This offer expires on March 31, 2020.
Music Box Direct: From Music Box Films, this streaming service focuses on arthouse cinema and foreign language award-winners. This month, their curated selection includes a spotlight on female-directed films like The Innocents, Meru, Becoming Astrid, Augustine, Gemma Bovery, and She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.
Promo code: MBDMSPR for a 30-day free trial.
Mubi: This streaming platform is dedicated to bringing a curated slate of indie offerings from around the world into your home. Mubi’s currently streaming the 1951 French avante-garde offering Venom and Eternity, the 2015 Chinese child-abduction drama Lost and Love, and the 1981’s Golden Lion-winner The German Sisters, which the site notes is one of Ingmar Bergman’s favorite films.
Promo code: None needed. Sign up for 3 months for just $1.
Oscilloscope Labs: This indie distributor is offering a different kind of deal with their “Circle of Quarantine.” For $49.99, you can buy ten digital downloads of any film from Oscilloscope’s deep catalog. That includes titles like the superb thriller Always Shine, the plague comedy It’s A Disaster, the heralded arthouse drama Madeline’s Madeline, the unnerving crime doc Santoalla, and the experimental and funny coming-of-age comedy VHYes. Best of all, $10 of your purchase goes to the Cinema Workers Solidarity Fund, helping those who’ve been furloughed or fired because of the shuttering of theaters.
Showtime: This premium channel boasts original series like Jim Carrey’s Kidding, Kirsten Dunst’s On Becoming A God In Central Florida, and Billions. As for “hit movies,” they’re currently offering Green Book, On The Basis of Sex, and The Happytime Murders.
Promo code:: SUBWAY for 30-day trial for new customers only.
Shudder: This one’s for horror fans. Shudder is dedicated to delivering chills, thrills, screams and gore through film and TV series. Their current selection includes the revived Creepshow, the spooky series NOS4A2, and the celebrated foreign horror films Tigers Are Not Afraid and Revenge. Plus, coming soon to Shudder is a new doc series called Cursed Films, which explores the rumored curses around movies like Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and The Omen.
Promo code: SHUTIN for a 30-day free trial.
Sundance Now: Owned by AMC, this platform proclaims it’s got the “best selection of gripping true crime, political thrillers, and dramatic series.” This includes the limited true-crime series The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park, the Park Chan-wook-directed espionage drama series The Little Drummer Girl, and “Sweden’s answer to Downton Abbey,” The Restaraunt, which is now in its third season.
Promo code: SUNDANCENOW30 for a 30-day free trial for new subscribers.
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