Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson's loopy take on Thomas Pynchon's dope-infused private eye novel.

‘Inherent Vice’ on VOD

Inherent Vice (2014), Paul Thomas Anderson’s loopy take on Thomas Pynchon’s dope-infused private eye novel, earned Anderson an Oscar nomination for his ingenious screenplay adaptation and critical raves for the rich pageant of eccentrics and oddballs bouncing through 1970 Los Angeles with a post-sixties hangover. I never read Pynchon’s novel so I’ll take the word […]

Scarlett Johansson is 'Lucy' in Luc Besson's marvelously ridiculous action fantasy

Scarlett Johansson is ‘Lucy’ on VOD

Luc Besson and his France-based, internationally-savvy EuropaCorp studio are the salvation of the unpretentious, mid-budget, hyper-charged action movie in America. Usually Besson is content to co-write and produce the films, which have launched careers of such protégés as Louis Letterier (The Transporter), Pierre Morel (Taken), and Olivier Megaton (Colombiana), but he takes charge of Lucy […]

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross star in the cult HBO sketch comedy 'Mr. Show'

‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ on Amazon Prime and HBO Now

“Hey everybody, it’s Bob and David!” In fact, it’s all 30 episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995-1997), the HBO sketch comedy created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. This inspired, inventive show combines the freewheeling creativity of Monty Python’s Flying Circus with cabaret theater, and each episode swirls around an ingenious […]

Tom Hollander stars in 'Doctor Thorne.'

What to watch: Julian Fellowes’ ‘Doctor Thorne’ on Amazon, Maria Bamford is ‘Lady Dynamite’ on Netflix

For Downton Abbey fans looking to fill the void, creator Julian Fellowes presents the mini-series Doctor Thorne, adapted from the Anthony Trollope novel about love, title, money, and marriage as a business deal in a fictional 19th century society remarkably similar to England. Tom Hollander is the titular Thorne and Stefanie Martini his niece whose […]

Drew Barrymore with host Chelsea Handler on the Netflix original talk show 'Chelsea.'

What to watch: ‘Goosebumps,’ ‘Coriolanus,’ ‘Angie Tribeca,’ and ‘Chelsea’ talks

Chelsea Handler hosts Chelsea, the new Netflix chat show. New episodes go live every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and her first week line-up includes Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Chris Evans. It’s being touted as a new “late night” series and indeed new episodes are available just after midnight, but in the streamosphere, such definitions […]