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Jacob Tremblay and Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson in 'Room,' directed by Lenny Abrahamson

‘Room’ on Amazon Prime

It’s called Room. Not The Room, simply Room, as if there were no others. And for Jack (Jacob Tremblay), the five-year-old son of a young mother (Brie Larson), there aren’t. It’s his entire world, his universe, and as far as he knows nothing exists outside the walls. His mother, known only as Ma in the film,

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Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

‘The Good Wife: Seasons 1-7’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

The Good Wife: Season 7, the final season of the addictive legal show / character drama, is now on Amazon Prime and Hulu, which means that the entire seven season run is available for viewers for a repeat viewing or, if you have been hearing so much about it and need a summer binge show,

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Michael Shannon and Jaeden Lieberher in 'Midnight Special' from filmmaker Jeff Nichols.

‘Midnight Special’ on Cable and Video On Demand

Midnight Special (2016) begins in the dark, literally and figuratively. Two men in an anonymous motel room keep the shades drawn awaiting the cover of night. There’s a boy wearing goggles and reading comic books with a flashlight under the covers. It may be part of the whole covert thing or it may just be

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Clint Eastwood stars in Sergio Leone's 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'

‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western. Leone’s first real attempt at mythologizing his vision of the American west (shot, of course, in the

Foreign Affairs

Donnie Yen stars in the martial arts drama 'Ip Man 3,' directed by Wilson Yip

‘Ip Man 3’ with Donnie Yen on Netflix

Ip Man 3 (Hong Kong, 2015) brings Donnie Yen back for one more portrayal of the real-life martial arts master who kept Wing Chun alive during the Japanese occupation in World II and went on to mentor a generation of students, including Bruce Lee. This third chapter is set in late 1950s Hong Kong, where

Comedy

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi write, direct, and star in the vampire mockumentary 'What We Do in the Shadows'

Last Chance: ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ on HBO Now

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) takes the mockumentary approach to the vampire film, though that hardly describes the deadpan absurdity of this comedy of ancient European vampires in New Zealand, who after centuries of unlife haven’t gotten any smarter. It’s written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who previously collaborated on

Kid Stuff

Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz star in Stephen Sommers' 1999 'The Mummy' and the sequel 'The Mummy Returns'

‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’ on Netflix

The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) – Leave it to Stephen Sommers to create an action-movie out of the sleepiest of monster movie icons. Under his direction, it’s an adventure film through a yesteryear Egypt right out of the movies but with a modern sensibility. Brendan Fraser is a bit callow in the

Classic

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David Lynch's 'Eraserhead'

Watch this! David Lynch talks about ‘Eraserhead’… in 1979!

In 1979, students from UCLA film and television class interviewed David Lynch about his debut feature, Eraserhead (1977). Affable and soft-spoken, Lynch happily talks about the production but refuses to analyze or explain. “It’s up to whoever’s writing and whoever’s viewing to make up their own mind about what’s going on, so it wouldn’t do any good for

Academy Award

Jacob Tremblay and Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson in 'Room,' directed by Lenny Abrahamson

‘Room’ on Amazon Prime

It’s called Room. Not The Room, simply Room, as if there were no others. And for Jack (Jacob Tremblay), the five-year-old son of a young mother (Brie Larson), there aren’t. It’s his entire world, his universe, and as far as he knows nothing exists outside the walls. His mother, known only as Ma in the film,

Science Fiction

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Anya Taylor-Joy in Robert Eggers' 'The Witch.'

‘The Witch’ on Cable and Video On Demand

The Witch (2015) is a primal horror film rooted in fear and superstition, and there is no shortage of either in early 17th century New England, where a devout Puritan father has taken his family to start a new life. Adding to the general hardship of British village folk carving a new colony out of

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Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, and Craig Roberts in 'The Fundamentals of Caring'

What to watch: Netflix ‘Spotlight’ on ‘Fundamentals’ and ‘Room’ for ‘Punch Drunk Love’ on Amazon

Paul Rudd stars in the American indie drama The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), playing a rookie caregiver who bonds with his 18-year-old charge (Craig Roberts). Adapted from the Jonathan Evison novel by writer-director Rob Burnett, it also stars Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, and Bobby Cannavale. It was picked up after its Sundance debut and premieres

Jacob Tremblay and Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson in 'Room,' directed by Lenny Abrahamson

‘Room’ on Amazon Prime

It’s called Room. Not The Room, simply Room, as if there were no others. And for Jack (Jacob Tremblay), the five-year-old son of a young mother (Brie Larson), there aren’t. It’s his entire world, his universe, and as far as he knows nothing exists outside the walls. His mother, known only as Ma in the film,

Ian McKellen stars as 'Mr. Holmes' in the film directed by Bill Condon.

Coming to Amazon Prime in July 2016

Amazon Prime has announced highlights of its new July offerings. New films include Mr. Holmes (2015) with Ian McKellan as an aging Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Genisys (2015) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, the indie science fiction drama Z for Zachariah (2015), and the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent (2015) from Colombia. The third and

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, and Brian d'Arcy James in 'Spotlight,' directed by Tom McCarthy.

Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’ on Netflix

Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, as well as Best Ensemble Cast by the Screen Actors Guild, Best Screenplay by the Writer’s Guild of America, Best Picture by the American Film Institute, and scores of other awards from professional and critics organizations, Spotlight is the kind of film that

Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner in the Hulu original series 'Difficult People'

Arriving on Hulu in July 2016

Hulu announced highlights of its July schedule. New films include Mr. Holmes (2015) with Ian McKellan as an aging Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Genisys (2015) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, acclaimed foreign films Phoenix (2014) from Germany and Like Someone in Love (2012) from Japan (and directed by Iranian filmmaker Abba Kiarostami), and six Star

Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, and Millie Bobby Brown in 'Stranger Things' from Netflix

Coming and Going on Netflix in July 2016

Netflix continues to roll out new original shows this summer, led by Winona Ryder in the supernatural thriller Stranger Things and the British police drama Marcella with Anna Friel. There are two new anime originals for teens (Kuromukuro and Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad), animated shows for kids (World Party and Home: Adventures with Tip

Zoë Lund (aka Zoë Tamerlis) stars in Abel Ferarra's grindhouse breakthrough film 'Mr. 45'

‘Ms. 45’ on Amazon Prime

Ms. 45 (1981), Abel Ferarra’s grindhouse breakthrough, is a femme-centered take on the vigilante revenge films of the seventies by way of Repulsion. Set and shot in the garment district of 1980 New York City, the good old bad old Big Apple of Death Wish and Taxi Driver, this is the era when Times Square was a sleazy

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