Since the beginning of lockdown, movie studios have made up for the shuttering of theaters and cinemas in a number of ways. Many movies doomed to low grosses at the box office landed quickly on video on demand, or on streaming services. Some films meant for the big screen bypassed that entirely, like the Tom Hardy flick Capone.
As tentative steps are made to reopen theaters around the world, what would normally be the tail end of the summer blockbuster season is instead a waiting period before we’re bombarded with one big theatrical movie after another (starting with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on July 17).
This week, though, might be the biggest of the summer for both Netflix and Disney Plus, even if their new releases couldn’t be more different. For Netflix, it will release its highest-profile original movie of the summer, Da 5 Bloods, from director Spike Lee. For Disney Plus, it releases its first movie that was planned for theaters but is now only coming to the streaming service, the kids’ book adaptation Artemis Fowl.
Both are significant releases in this unusual year of movies, and say a lot about what each streaming service’s goals are right now. We’ll explain what the deal is with both movies below, and when you can watch them. We’ll also highlight one new movie coming to Amazon Prime Video this week that you should definitely check out.
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Netflix has kept up a