Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in the A&E series 'Bates Motel'

‘Bates Motel’ – Season 3 open for business on Netflix

Bates Motel: Season 3 continues the story of Norman Bates: the early years. The “prequel” story to Psycho, about the teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), takes Norman from awkward high school boy to psychologically troubled kid with murderous blackouts and hallucinations that blossoms into a full-blown split personality. Along […]

Teyonah Parris stars in Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq.'

Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ on Amazon Prime

Spike Lee weaves a familiar call through Chi-Raq (2015), his polarizing portrait of violence on Chicago’s South Side. Wake up. It’s been a cry and a plea since his first studio feature, School Daze (1998), and it’s particularly resonant in a film about black-on-black gang violence in Chicago, where more Americans have been murdered in […]

Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko, and Shiri Appleby star in the Lifetime series 'UnREAL'

‘UnREAL: Season One’ on Hulu

An acidic satire of reality TV and the cutthroat business of manufacturing entertainment, UnREAL: Season One, created for the Lifetime Network, is set behind the scenes of a Bachelor-like show (here called Everlasting) where producer Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) engineers conflict to manufacture the kind of showy drama that keeps viewers returning week after week. […]