Last Chance: Paul Schrader’s ‘Affliction’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Paul Schrader made his mark on American cinema revealing the scarred psyches of American men trying to reconcile the contradictions of masculine fantasy and social reality, from his screenplays for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull to his own movies, beginning with Blue Collar. Affliction (1998), adapted from the novel by Russell Banks, is his most […]

Alison Brie stars in the Netflix original series

What to stream: ‘GLOW’ with Alison Brie and Disney’s ‘Moana’ on Netflix

The Netflix original comedy GLOW: Season 1 stars Alison Brie as a frustrated actress in 1980s Los Angeles who answers a casting call for “unconventional women” and finds herself cast in a women’s wrestling cable series. The series was real: “GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” played on cable for years. This series, created by Nurse […]

What to stream: ‘Orange’ goes on lockdown and more streaming options

Season four of Orange Is the New Black, the best to date of Netflix’s most popular original show, ended on a cliffhanger: a protest against the dehumanizing conditions of the for-profit prison that turned into a riot. Season five opens with women of the minimum security prison taking hostages and stays in lockdown, at least […]

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini star in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama

What to stream: ‘The Salesman’ and the Dead on Amazon Prime plus superheroes, Oscar winners, and more

Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 2012, making him the first Iranian filmmaker to win an Oscar. He won his second Oscar for The Salesman (2016), a provocative story of violence, trauma, and vengeance would around a stage production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Shahab Hosseini […]

Ellen Barkin and her boys Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, and Finn Cole

‘Animal Kingdom: Season 1’ on Amazon Prime

Ellen Barkin plays Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, the controlling matriarch of a Southern California suburban crime family in Animal Kingdom: Season 1, the commercial cable adaptation of David Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama developed for American TV by Southland creators John Wells and Jonathan Lisco. Relocated to the California south coast culture of surfing beaches and […]